It was an ordinary day. Recently was viewing the Facebook page of Barbara, a friend Carol and I met a few years ago online. She and her husband Dee live on the Dutch side, or Sint Maarten side, of the island that is known as "The Friendly Island." Sint Maarten or St. Martin, depending if you are on the Dutch side or the French side of the island has been a travel stop for Carol and I for almost 20 years now. Our yearly visit in the spring gives us a chance to rejuvenate ourselves and to meet all the friends we have acquired since we began coming to this heaven on earth.
Barbara (taken from Facebook)
The air temperature and water temperature both hover close to 80-90 degrees almost every day of the year. I have written over 200 stories about the island and I'm sure if you visit my blog on a regular basis, you have read a few of them. Our friendship with Dee and Barbara has been a highlight of our visit to the island. We have been able to visit them in their hillside home on the Dutch side of the island and walk through Dee's fabulous gardens. Carol and Dee share the hobby of gardening and I know when we arrive she will be talking to another pro about how to do this and how to do that in the garden to make the plants grow the best.
Dee (also from Facebook)
Barbara and I always find something else to talk about during our visits. Even had the chance to visit one of the island's restaurants last year for a meal together. Oh yeah, thanks once again Dee for treating! Well, Barbara posted a very interesting and informative video a few months ago and I emailed her asking if she would mind if I use it in a story. She said she only found it herself online and didn't see any reason why I couldn't share it with the world once more. If you have never visited a Caribbean island or experienced the Caribbean culture and food, maybe the video will give you a flavor of what Carol and I have loved for the last couple of years. And, Barbara, when you read this, here's hoping we will get a chance to visit with you again soon and share a few words and many laughs. It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. PS - Click on the video below to view "Little Secrets - Sint Maarten."