Crab Season

Land Crabs

Land crabs can be caught and eatin the same day but we usually catch ours during the evening in the cooler temperatures after a rain shower. They really seem to come out of their holes after a rain shower. Once caught it may be a good idea to purge the crab for a few days using fresh water and allowing them to eat fruit ,rice , veggies etc to clean out, they are much sweeter .

  We make a sport out of it after dinner , great way to work off those extra calories.We drive the back roads on our island after dark in search of the wiley crab. Believe me they can move.

Catching your Crab

We have used a couple of different methods. My son just uses a broom , they are fairly aggressive so once you place the broom on one you have found  ,they will try to bite. We just pick it up while it is biting and drop it in the cooler.

   You could also place your foot or hand across the back at the widest section keeping in mind that those pinchers are doing their best to grab you . When they get ahold especially with the smaller pincher it can be quite painful , this way needs quite a bit of practice and better light. We have also used kitchen mitts , the padding  allows easier access to pick up a crab, giving you some protection. Be prepared for the screams and giggles , but this is all  part of the sport . Please check for spawning females and cast those back to be caught at another time. Please check the under belly which will have either a dark patch or fury with spawn. This will allow the sport to continue for future generations.

Pot Full of Crab

Once purged  ,dismember the crab removing claws and legs.The claws have been known to bite after being removed ,so be careful. Scrub the crab and legs to remove dirt, season with salt, peppers to taste , even celery and onion , you could even add white wine and garlic. This would be similar to Mussels and the liquid after could be consumed with fresh French bread or rolls of your choice. I usually steam ours , using a pressure cooker but as long as they are in a pot with at least two inches of water or wine that will do the trick , steaming for about 15 to 25 minutes .

So next time your sitting around in the evening with nothing to do , definitely try this . It is a hoot. Guaranteed to get some laughs and exercise.

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One of our favourite Restaurants

D & D Restaurant

 This is a picture of another one of our boys getting  his fix of Conch Salad , our friend Donavan is the master at preparing Conch salad . When we are passing through Tarpum Bay we always stop by their Restaurant for Conch Salad or Cracked Conch . When we are in Eleuthera the boys always have conch for lunch , it is an acquired taste for conch affectionatos. D&D’S is a great place to stop , the prices are reasonable, food is great , good company .

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Dinner

Lobster can be Caught for dinner

 As you can see above  my son has been busy during his trip , catching dinner for our family . Even if he hadn’t been successful , the swim would have given him a good appetite for the evening meal .

Summer crabs can add a lot of flavor to your meals

 After a rain in the summer for entertainment we go out in the truck and drive the back roads looking for crabs. Some are huge , you wouldn’t believe the screams and squeals as the children try to catch  these monsters. Great addition to add flavor to any meal.

If you can't dive for dinner ,here is the alternative

 If the winds have been high , it is not always that easy to catch dinner . Most of the towns have local fishermen that sell fish at the dock . Her we can see my son buying a Grouper for dinner. This Nassau fed us with many a meal . I also made a fish chouder out of the head and bones , nothing went to waste. Fish is by far our favourite meal .

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Things to do Eleuthera

Most people arrive in Eleuthera and think about how they are going to keep busy for the next seven days or so . But once your there you say to yourself , how am I going to be able to do all this in the time I have . You have to come back .

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Fishing Trip During Christmas Break

During the Christmas break , the winds died down enough for me to go fishing out of Davis Harbour,south Eleuthera with a good friend. Here are a few shots of our catch . We left the harbour late , forgot our bait and had some minor problems with the boat . It was an incredible day out on the water . We were fishing with ballyhoo at different depths and distances just a few miles from the harbour entrance. We had non stop action as we were only out for about 4 hours . My son had a great experience.

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New Lilys

Sunset Pool deck

Hi , My family had a great holiday over Christmas . The weather was fine , Highs in the low 70’s and lows in the mid 60’s just for a few days, the rest of the time it had been in the low 80’s . Much different than Florida. The weather there seemed much different .

New Lanscaping being added.

I am attaching a number of pictures from the house on Windermere to show you how it is changing .

New Landscaping

Our Home seen from the Sound

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Junkanoo Time

We are back now from Windermere , spending the last three weeks over Christmas and New Years. One of our most enjoyable experiences was going to Junkanoo at Tarpum Bay the evening of January 26th .Please find attached a history of the parade and some photos from our evening in Tarpum Bay . This event has fierce competition as the prize for the best gruop was for Thirty Thousand Dollars. It was by far the best parade we have seen except for the Nassau Parade.   

 

 

 

 

The following info was taken from Bahamas Gateway.com.

Junkanoo is a Bahamian festival that occurs during the dark hours of morning on the 26th of December and again bringing in its first hours of light on the first day of the new year. Thousands dance through Bay Street, Nassau’s town center, like a wild ocean of colour, while deep goat skin rhythms reverberate off the surrounding walls and cow bells chatter over the singing of brass horns. The sidewalk like a snake comes to life twisting blacks and browns while balconies and roof tops sway under the rhythmic feet of onlookers. There is a timeless sense, a feeling inside that is so vital that even the deaf feel to move. And as though possessed, these God-like cardboard sculptures dive and rise to the awesome music that lifts their spirits beyond the flesh.” (courtesy – c2000 M. Govan & E. Robinson) To experience Bahamian culture and art, you should make plans to attend Junkanoo. The Bahamian festival of Junkanoo is an energetic, colourful parade of brightly costumed people gyrating and dancing to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles. The celebration occurs on December 26 and January 1 — beginning in the early hours of the morning (2:00 a.m.) and ending at dawn.Junkanoo is reminiscent of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, but it is distinctly Bahamian and exists nowhere else. Parade participants — arranged in groups of up to 1,000 — are organised around a particular theme. Their costumes, dance and music reflect this theme. At the end of the Junkanoo procession, judges award cash prizes. The three main categories for the awards are: best music, best costume and best overall group presentation.The most spectacular Junkanoo parade occurs in Nassau. However, you can also experience it on Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Bimini and Abaco. It’s held on Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year’s Day (January 1) from 2:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.If you wish to experience the cultural festival of Junkanoo, plan ahead and arrive early. In Nassau, some of the best views are upstairs on Bay Street, or on the street-side bench seats, which you may reserve in advance.

 
 
 

 

 

Junkanoo History

 

 


Junkanoo first began as a temporary celebration of freedom for slaves who were given three days off at Christmas time. Donning scary-looking masks, slaves played homemade musical instruments (drums and bells) and cavorted about freely on the island.
The origin of the word “Junkanoo” is unknown. The most popular belief is that it’s derived from “John Canoe,” an African tribal chief who demanded he be allowed the right to celebrate with his people even after he was brought to the West Indies as a slave. Others believe the name is from the French “gens inconnus,” which means “the unknown people” and refers to people wearing disguises and thus being unknown.Junkanoo’s roots can be traced to West Africa. In fact, other areas in the region that practised slavery — like Bermuda and Jamaica — had their own versions of John Canoe parades.Junkanoo probably began in the 16th or 17th century. Around Christmas, Bahamian slaves were given a few days off. This allowed them to leave the plantations to be with their families and to celebrate the holiday with music, dance and costumes. In the early years, Junkanoo participants wore grotesque masks and walked on stilts. They were allowed to move around anonymously and let off steam.

After slavery was abolished, Junkanoo almost disappeared, but a few islanders kept the tradition going. Over time, Junkanoo’s popularity has waxed and waned. Today, it is a joyous celebration of freedom. It is an important part of the Christmas season, and The Islands Of The Bahamas is the only country where you can experience it.
 
 

 

 

 
 

Costumes

 


As Junkanoo traditions have evolved, so, too, have the costumes. Sea sponges, leaves, fabric and shredded paper have at one time or another played their part in costume construction.
Costumes today are made out of crepe paper that is meticulously glued to fabric, cardboard or wood. They usually consist of a headdress, shoulder piece and skirt, which are elaborate and brilliantly coloured. Group members make their own costumes and it may take them up to a year to complete the intricate creations.Costume design is tied to a theme and is a carefully guarded secret. Themes vary greatly — they can be contemporary, based on the past or anything the group chooses.

Junkanoo costumes that may have once been discarded as rubbish after the parade, are now being preserved for posterity. The winning creations are placed in the Junkanoo Museum, formerly located in downtown Nassau at the Prince George Wharf. The museum is temporarily closed, because it is being relocated.
 
 

 

 
 

Junkanoo Groups

 

 


Junkanoo participants that you see rushin’ down the street are members of well-organised groups. These people work together year after year to make Junkanoo the exhilarating experience it is.The Junkanoo festival is a community-wide effort. Families, friends and neighbours gather within groups — usually from 500 to 1,000 members — who perform together at the parade.Competition among groups is fierce, so members choose a theme and keep it a secret until the day of Junkanoo. They spend months preparing for the event at their “base camp,” or “shack” as they call it. The dancers work on choreography, the musicians practice music and the costumers work on their creations.

In Nassau, Junkanoo groups go by such colourful names as “Valley Boys,” “Saxons,” “One Family,” “Vikings,” “Roots” and “Fancy Dancers.”
 
 

 

 

 
 

Music

 


Distinctively Bahamian, the music you hear at Junkanoo today is very much as it has always been. Rhythmic goombay drums, copper bells and mouth whistles soon sweep you up in the Junkanoo beat.
Music is the most important part of Junkanoo. The rhythmic sounds of goatskin drums, cowbells and whistles — accompanied by a separate brass section — create an infectious beat that’s too strong to resist!Slaves, who originally made their musical instruments from cast-off items, fashioned rum or food containers into drums and scrap metal into bells. Today’s musicians use similar methods. Like their ancestors, they stretch goatskin across the drum opening and “tune” it by burning a candle under the skin to tighten it to the right pitch. 

 
Junkanoo Expo
A brand new attraction at Nassau’s waterfront. The first Museum of it’s kind showcasing large, colorful, intricately designed artistic creations from recently passed Junkanoo parades, held annually on December 26th and New Year’s Day. The Expo complex also includes a souvenir boutique, with Junkanoo paintings and a variety of Junkanoo craft. Open daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission: $2.00 adults, $0.50 children. For more information, telephone (242) 356-2731.
 

 
 
 
 

   
   
 
 
 

 

  

 
 
 

 

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