|He assured me that this photo was okay to post.|
Around 11:30 we headed over to Ocean Echo on Meads Bay. We love going there for lunch, not least because the location is so nice, but part of the large draw is that Andrea works the lunch shift most days. It's a relatively new space on Meads Bay, locally owned, with tables just inches away from the sand, and they also provide complimentary use of their chairs & umbrellas to their luncheon guests. The menu is varied and reasonably priced, too.
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|Pretty bar with a view|
|These club chairs are a comfortable place to gather for drinks|
Eventually I settled on the fish burger while DH selected a hot dog platter and we both enjoyed the freshly brewed iced tea (priced per glass, by the way, and not as a bottomless glass as in most places in the US). Andrea sat & chatted with us as time permitted, but before long, more guests came by. We lingered quite a while over our books, though, and outstayed the other tables, and by 2:30 the other guests cleared out. Andrea regaled us with stories from her childhood on Anguilla, including the days her entire primary school class would come spend the day on Meads and they would pick a fruit--the name completely eludes me, but Andrea spied one right next door that was almost ripe and picked it for us.
|Can anybody tell me the name of this fruit?|
|DH and Andrea|
|It was starting to get overcast again when we left Ocean Echo|
Dave and Ambrose were working that day, but it was so busy that they didn't have much time to chat. But the four of us did get the chance to meet Ambrose's partner, Susan, and together they own and run a B&B called 100% Local, which they invited us to visit the next day. At closing time, we said goodbye to Lori & Frank, Ambrose & Susan, and David and told the folks at The Place how much we'd miss them until our next visit.
Back home, we took our usual walk up the beach to the swimming cove for a dip, and when we got back to our unit, Ellice Brooks was there checking over the property. He's the owner & manager, and we invited him up to our balcony for a drink and a visit. Before long, it was time for DH to start making dinner preps, and Andrea brought us a big bunch of basil, which has much smaller leaves than what we're accustomed to seeing at home, but has a stronger flavor.
Well, as usual, DH made a little too much food: sautéed chicken, sugar snap peas, potatoes, bread from Geraud's, and a mozzarella, tomato & basil salad. We barely made a dent in it, so we wrapped up most of the leftovers for later.
Over dinner, we discussed our plans for the next morning: we were going to go on an Anguillian Magical Mystery Tour! Inspired partly by the Dune line of jewelry at Limin'g Boutique and largely by the display of Anguilla beach sand at Sweet Return villa where we stayed last October, we decided we wanted to collect beach sand to take home with us.
|Sweet Return had filled most of the top portion|
of a breakfront with jars of sand from various beaches