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Annandale Falls, Grenada

January 3rd, 2014 · International Travel

I’ve been to Grenada many times and every time I visit, I find something new and glorious on this wonderful island.  This Christmas, we spent ten days visiting Carriacou and Grenada.  One highlight of our trip was Annandale Falls,  a waterfall surrounded by the lush tropical landscape.  Annandale Falls is  a popular tourist attraction  close to St. George’s, Grenada.   There are a handful of vendors near the entrance.  My kids loved the guy with the pet monkey and the Caribbean guitarist/rapper who made up a song on the spot about Big P.

There are “jumpers” who are dive from the top for “tips.”  I wasn’t too keen on that.  It’s an honest living but I would have preferred to have paid them NOT to jump. Oh well.

There is a nominal entrance fee and swimming is allowed at the Falls, so come prepared.

 

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My son at Annandale Falls

 

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I’ll be heading back to the Caribbean pretty soon.  Do you have  any favorite places in the Grenadines?

 

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Grief is a Journey

October 31st, 2013 · Random Things That Make Me Smile

There is something I’ve always loved about Halloween.  As a child I usually had a mask, no costume, and loved going around the neighborhood with my brothers and sisters and getting loads of candy.  As a mom, Halloween marks the start of the holiday season for me.  Every year I get dressed up with my kids for an evening of fun.  This year my eldest wants to spend the evening with her friends, a sad transition for me as she begins to assert her own independence.  I tell folks I work hard all year just to make the magic happen for my family from Halloween up until New Years Day.

In June of this year, I lost my mom.  Perhaps “lost” is not a good word. It implies that I misplaced her or forgot her somewhere. My mother died at 79 years of age, after a long battle with heart disease.  She was my anchor, my counselor and my friend. I feel adrift, broken and overwhelmed by sadness.

I have only a few pictures with my mom – I was usually the one behind the camera.  In the picture above, she is 52 and I’m 21.   I had just finished college and Mom took us on vacation to her birthplace, Carriacou, Grenada.  Mom rented a beach front cottage in town for us.  I remember  having friends come over and just talking and laughing with her and telling us how lucky we were to have such a cool Mom.  Mom always had my back and although she only had a primary school education, she pushed me to always do my best.  Mom had a deep faith in God, a serious work ethic and a  raunchy sense of humor.  She loved to “pound torre” (what West Indians refer to as gossip), gamble at casinos and dance.  She wasn’t a perfect mother but she was good enough for me.

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City Girl Goes Country – Country Living Fair 2013 in Rhinebeck, NY (Giveaway!)

May 11th, 2013 · Giveaways/Contests, US Travel

Compensation Level 1

CLFairLogo_2013SignI’m a city girl with a country girl’s heart.   I soften the  hard edges of my urban Brooklyn home with antiques, artwork and collectibles. I adore vintage items and new eclectic items with old world charm.

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That’s why I’m so excited to be invited to be part of the press covering the 2013 Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.  The fair is being held at the Duchess County Fairgrounds, June 7-9.  Rhinebeck, located in New York’s Hudson Valley is the newest location.  Other fairs will be  held in the fall in  Columbus, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia.

Rhinebeck is known for its scenic beauty, fine dining, charming B & Bs, shopping and is a mecca for art and culture. Its going to be a great event with seminars, DIY demos, entertainment, local food, shopping (over 200 vendors of antiques,gifts, home decor, jewelry and crafts)  and a chance to meet the editors of Country Living Magazine. clv_bstrick_2012Fair_-204clv_bstrick_2012Fair_-1166clv_bstrick_2012Fair_-1197clv_bstrick_2012Fair_-1422

Cari Cucksey -  estate sale expert and Host of HGTV's "Cash & Cari"

Cari Cucksey – estate sale expert and Host of HGTV’s “Cash & Cari”

But it won’t be perfect unless I have my blog buddies join me (*grinning from ear to ear*).  I’ll be giving away two tickets to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck for Saturday, June 8, 2013.   This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents over the age of 18.   To enter just leave a comment below telling me what you enjoy the most about summer festivals.  For an additional entry fan the waterwinetravel.com Facebook page  (Button on the upper right hand side of this page.)  Let me know in your comment if you select this option or are a fan already. Contest ends Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 12 noon EST. Winner will be selected via random.org’s sequence generator.  Please use a valid email address so I can contact you or subscribe to the blog to play it safe.   Winner must respond within 5 days or another winner will be selected.

See you at the fair!

 Update:  Congratulations to Teri – the winner of the Country Living Fair 2013 ticket giveaway!  

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