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- STOP THE DOLPHINARIUM SEPT 25 6PM PUBLIC HEARING AT TURNBULL LIBRARY ST THOMAS
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:31:31 -0400
                                     WE CAN SAVE 14,000 SQ FT OF CORAL, SEA GRASS AND MARINE HABITAT.  LET’S EMBRACE OUR NATURE.  SAVE WATER BAY .
We spoke and they heard us.     We  received an email notice this week from the US Army Corps of Engineers that they are scheduling an  "informal public hearing" on September 25 at 6pm to discuss Coral World's application for a permit to construct a dolphin exhibit enclosure in Water Bay.   The public hearing will be held at the Turnbull Library in Tutu St Thomas.   See the notice below - it's at the bottom of the first page in the link. 

The ACE does  not often respond to requests for public hearings so we must take advantage of this opportunity which is the last chance we have to stop the dolphin exhibit enclosure in Water Bay St Thomas.  
The public will be allowed to speak.    If you wish to testify we  suggest you get there early to sign up.    Many of you will remember that at the CZM public hearing in 2012 Coral World employees arrived early to sign up  and thus many members of the public who opposed the permit did not have the opportunity to voice their opinion.

If you don't wish to testify at the meeting, please still attend so we have a show of numbers.      Please remember the ACE permit mainly involves environmental /construction issues and to some extent community and economic concerns.    

IT’S ABOUT MARINE HABITAT NOW.  IT’S ABOUT DESTROYING CORAL BEDS. IT’S ABOUT STOPPING STEEL FENCING BEING DRILLED INTO THE SEA BED. 

You have until September 30 to submit written testimony.   If you wrote during their previous public comment period write again.
Please reference Coral World Dolphin Exhibit Enclosure
File:  SAJ-1976-89037 (SP-EWG) 
You can either email:  Edgar.W.Garcia at usace.army.mil      or   mail a letter to:    District Engineer, Antilles Permit Section 400 Fernandez Juncos Avenue San Juan, PR 009

PLEASE BROADCAST THIS EMAIL TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA AND WEB MAIL.  SPEAK UP AND TAKE A STAND NOW. LET’S SAVE WATER BAY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.           

On Monday, August 25, 2014 11:54 AM, "Palmer, John C SAJ" <John.Palmer at usace.army.mil> wrote:


A public notice for the permit application described below has been posted at http://www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Regulatory/PublicNotices.aspx

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

PUBLIC MEETING:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Antilles Office will hold an informal public meeting to discuss the subject permit application for a nearshore dolphin exhibit enclosure project at Coral World Ocean Park, Coki Bay, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The meeting will be held on September 25, 2014 at 6 p.m., at Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library, 4607 Tutu Park Mall, St. Thomas, USVI.



Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE



 

- Happy Cisterns, Birds, Plants, Pool
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 10:18:01 -0400
Good Morning,
The pressure is showing 29.79, the wine rain gauge bucket is full;  let’s say we had at least 7”
of rain during this event since Friday night.  We are 88 degrees and plenty soggy with high humidity.
The pool is topped off to the point that we may have to download to the skimmer.  What 48 hours of
rain can do! 
 
We have layers of happy birds.  The sugar and humming birds have had several fill up at the sugar
water stations and they are always more active consumers during stormy days.  The genips have
exploded with ripe fruit and the parakeets have  chatter patrol on high volume.  The parakeets are
so excited about the greening and fruiting up of their territory. Now , the star fruit will go
wild. The passion fruit blossoms seem to have popped overnight.  A few old iguanas are hanging out
at the very tops of the genip trees trying to attract  any ray of sun they can .
 
Meanwhile, staking the heavily laden tomato and pepper plants is the first chore today. 
And now we have enough water to pressure wash the mold left behind by the deluge.
 
We are grateful this mystery storm is past us, and hope that he does not become a problem for other
islands. Let’s  get thru the next few weeks ready for anything. 
 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi   in Fortuna, the soggy Northwest side of St Thomas 
 

- Plenty Rain Now
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:40:14 -0400
Yesterday the cistern and the pool were begging for a drink.  We had a few passing showers late
yesterday with wind  and  not much landed.  Based on forecasts we closed up the house tight last night
and left all the fans running to keep dried out.  Around 4 am it felt like we hadn’t had much rain.
Sunrise was a gorgeous indigo with crescent moon rising in the East.  Then the rains came.
The thunder and lightening brought out the thunder jacket for the scaredy dog Macy. 
 
Then the rains came some more.  Now we’re looking at 5” in the wine rain bucket.  The gardener moved
pepper  and tomato plants out of the forming ponds.  The water manager downloaded the back
cistern into the main cistern and  we’ll just leave that hose connected all day.  The tune called  “collecting
water” is a pop hit  around this jungle hut. 
 
The aviator’s drive out the swampy road and down the hill to the airport was uneventful.  Some fallen rocks and
typical areas of run off were accompanied by sighs of relief from our drought stricken flora.
 
Air tours are cancelled today and visibility is nil.  Why is it so hard to stay awake on a day like today?
We are sun worshippers for sure.  Stay safe and dry and keep downloading that liquid gold. 
 
Let us know how your island is faring.  I wonder if my friends in Welch’s Village Anguilla have a full
cistern now?  Did St Barth moisturize too? Let us know.
 
From the soggy Northwest side of St Thomas, in Fortuna.
Jane Higgins
 

- Rain
  • From: James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:18:04 -0400

A little light rain falling here in the  Mandahl St. Thomas area, should be interesting next 24 hrs.  Its amazing how fast things are turning green with the recent rains, still have plenty of room in my cistern  for more water.

Jammer


- Thunder Jacket
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:08:49 -0400
Weather has arrived. Thunder Jacket is ready for the dog.  A few airplanes have been
tucked in .  Anything in the cistern would be greatly welcomed. 
Let us know how you are doing?
Jane Higgins
St Thomas, Virgin Islands

- Quake, Rain, Pain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:59:57 -0400
The tops of the trees are swaying  the grateful dance for the 3/4” of rain we’ve had so far this morning.
We noted that the pool was really low again yesterday and the hopes that the orange glow on the weather
graphs would produce moisture is now fact.  THANK YOU rain Gods and Goddesses.
 
We had our big rumble of  a 4.6 quake around 11pm the other night and the whole neighborhood poured
out on decks with dogs and cats to make sure that was all of it.  Nothing fell, but some existing cracks may
have opened up.   Rather have a series of smaller quakes to release some tension anytime.
 
Some of us in this house have had crippling joint and muscle pain this week along with fevers.  With more
than a few strains of dengue and other viruses not worth trying to spell, we will get blood tests this week.
We have been hearing all summer about folks suffering from mosquito borne illness. The drought followed
by sudden rains seems to bring the worst out in the skeeters. 
 
Again, from super cloudy skies, obscured horizon over choppy steely seas, we can only hope more rain will
follow.  We may not be able to depend on solar energy today. 
 
 
 
From the Northwest Side of St Thomas in Fortuna , facing the Atlantic
Jane Higgins
 
 

- Gentle Bertha, Saved by Solar
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 09:52:20 -0400
Good Morning Islanders,
 
St Thomians will tell you that Bertha was gentle and good to us.  We cooled down and had measurable rain.
About 2” over Saturday into Sunday here in Fortuna.  Then another 1/2” of super soft gentle rain this morning.
We were never warmer than 77 degrees yesterday.  Really a relief in August.
 
I drove to the opposite end of the island on Sunday morning early and saw a  few trees that hang over the roads
cut down and stacked by the road. Some rocks and debris that where the  overflows. Seaweed
and trash that came up on the downtown harbor pathway.  LOTS OF GREENING.  The plants and trees are delighted.
 
Meanwhile, we thank ourselves again for investing in some solar panels years ago to run the basics; the water pump,
computer, a few fans, and the washing machine.  We also have solar power for the pool pump.  Yesterday began
the rotation of power island wide and on St John as our power company WAPA lost a generator over the weekend.
Yesterday we had 2 cycles of power outages lasting 3 hours.  Now that it has been announced in the media as on-going
we can better prepare for the “no power” cycles.  Most missed of course is a fan that we can plug into the solar side
of things if we have to.  The power has been off for about 1 1/2 hrs today so far. 
 
The Sahara dust is back and blurring the horizon, it is hazy and cloudy.  Hoping the rain can overcome the dust.
 
Jane Higgins  on the Northwest side of St Thomas in Fortuna
 

- Windy Cool Rainy Bertha
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 13:03:17 -0400
We are thrilled to have the cooler rainy weather.  Enough rain to top off the pool, glorify
the foliage and give the water mon a rest. It is windy in the rain forest here.  We can
call it a rain forest again today, THANK YOU.
 
The airport is gusty, and the aviator is glad they tied down the planes and put others into
hangars. 
 
Some inter island flights are cancelled, the ferry boats are cancelled and the major airlines
are still coming in. There has been a buoy marker gust up to 70 mph near St Thomas. We
are holding near the airport up to 27 mph winds. Our friends in Puerto Rico report that the
reservoirs are coming up. Our hotels are filled with stranded folks. 
 
Tomorrow promises to be a stellar day and greening up is in the works.  
 
Grateful
on the Northwest side of St Thomas 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi 
 

- Update from Est Nazareth/Secret Harbor 10:42am
  • From: PANTUSCO at aol.com
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 11:31:05 -0400 (EDT)
Squally with a few thunderbooms...oh and a blown transformer. Sure like the sounds of that gen !
Be safe all ! Terrie
 

- Bertha
  • From: "James Latham" <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:37:40 -0400

 

                                  Rain has started to fall here in Mandahl at 8:30am with heavy waves every 10 mins. WAPA electric starting to flicker a bit, I will be changing over to solar and wind  backup.

 

 

Jammer


- Hello Bertha
  • From: Ronnie <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:57:43 -0400
Nice wind and some rain so far. Hope it stays like this. 

Ronnie Lockhart

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- Bertha
  • From: James Latham <latham52 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:46:06 -0400
Not too bad wind wise here in the Mandahl part of St. Thomas. I'm looking at my wind turbine mounted on a guyed 40 foot pole, it's spinning like crazy (producing electric power). Mandahl salt pond is calm. Would like to see some rain as others mentioned it has been dry and our cistern could use it.

 

Jammer




- Windy Dawn
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 05:55:41 -0400
The wind picked up around 5:20 am. We are tucked into a protected hillside at around 650 ft.
facing the Atlantic.  The sea is choppy. The horizon very blurred. Clouds are flying to gather on
our Northwest side.
The tops of the trees are swaying. The numbers look like this from weather station
on outer deck;  Pressure 29.78, 77 degrees outdoors, 78 degrees inside. Wind at 5-7 mph
with gusts to 14. 
St Croix, let us know how it is going for you.  Hoping for rain. 
 
Jane Higgins jhigginswear at islands.vi   Fortuna, St Thomas
 

- Do We Remember Bertha?
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 10:19:14 -0400
We remember another storm named Bertha, l996 I think, around July 8.  She surprised us!
 
We are hoping to get some rain out of this Bertha and give the water mon a rest.
 
Our pressure is holding at 29.8, and it is hot hot hot, 6 mph winds now.  The horizon
line is obscured again by Sahara dust. 
 
We are doing what we needed to do all summer, move some lightweight stuff from the outer
decks.  Tuck a few things in.  Finally pull up the deceased tomato plants.  Just can’t waste water
on them anymore.  Have a few strong heirloom plants left.  The peppers are loving the heat.
 
The aviator in the family is counting “tie downs” on the ramp at the airport. The port authority
is in the middle of re-cementing a  portion of the ramp where the private aircraft  park and
there are some interesting ledges and pits; lots of loose stones and fewer “tie downs” than normal.
It will be aviation musical chairs. Who has the power and control on where the planes will shelter? 
Even 35 mph winds can carry off an unsecured plane.
 
Our sailor friends are changing plans we hear and some are moving on for the rest of “H” season.
 
We need this  drill to remind us.  Tomorrow is our Primary Election day.  Waiting to hear if that will
be postponed.  Take care and let us know how you are doing. 
 
From the sweaty NorthWest side of St Thomas in Fortuna.
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi   
 

- Bertha
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:02:46 -0400 (EDT)
Now she's ready to come! Looks like she will pass south of us Saturday morning. Keeping a watchful eye on her.


RL

- So interesting
  • From: Ronnie Lockhart <ronusvi at aol.com>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:44:28 -0400 (EDT)
The past couple of years people start getting the itch at the word Invest. Before that Tropical Wave. I personally prefer to wait until something out there becomes a Tropical Depression. Then I share my thoughts. The chatter about town is hilarious. We have to wait and see.

Ronnie Lockhart

- Water Truck Brings Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:13:03 -0400
You can thank us for buying water to top off the pool this morning. IT IS RAINING!
Like being in a car wash, whirling around, wind peaks up to 10 mph. See the big
drops in the picture. We love to watch it run into the gutter down into the cistern.
 
Power went out and is now back.  Temp dropped to 83 outdoors and pressure
is dropping ; showing 29.91.  HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY . 
 
Jane Higgins jhigginswear at islands.vi  on the Northwest side of St Thomas
US Virgin Islands
 
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- Tomato Mourning, Clearing Coconut Bombs
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:56:22 -0400
We celebrate Independence Day in the US Virgin Islands today,
Happy 4th of July!  Weather station reports just now 99 degrees
outside, and 88 degrees inside with 60% humidity. Seems almost
dry when the humidity goes under 70%. The pressure is steady at
30.05 , wind at 4 mph and peaking at 11 mph.  The horizon line is
visible and there is some blue above. The Sahara dust map tells us
more.  The sea is choppy.
 
The super hot dry weather has forced the pulling of tomato plants;
we mourn for them.  A few survivors show some new blooms, and the
water mon is on the way tomorrow to top off the pool. We are dry , dry,
dry, teased  by multiple drops of rain several times in the last few days.
 
Wayne the coconut guy showed up today to clear the nut bombs.  We all
know what season we are in now for sure! Pictured here, first time ever
we’ve seen him use the safety belt. Good thing!
Jane Higgins on the dry northwest side of St Thomas, Fortuna way...
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- Iggy is Looking for Some Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:46:55 -0400
My very patient younger shepherd Macy pointed out this young iguana in balance on
a palm frond below our deck.  We are looking for water just like he is.  Sometimes when
it is really hot and dry like this the iguanas end up swimming in the pool.  Crazy life we
live  here in the islands with our critter friends . 
 
Hot and crazy, the 4 pm weather station report from our outer deck reads like this;
Outdoor temperature is 101 degrees, OUCH, inside is 87, humidity is down to 67%,
pressure is 29.99 and with winds at 2 mph, peaking to 6 and this is still JUNE!
 
Dear Grenada,  send us some of your showers please.  The tomato plants will be the first
to be pulled if we don’t get some serious rain soon. We had a passing shower for about
2 minutes today.  Looking for more. 
 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi   from HOT FORTUNA, Northwest St Thomas
 
 
 
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- HOO MID
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:58:32 -0400
Good Humid Morning Islanders,
Our weather station at 9:50 am shows 90 degrees outside, 88% humidity, what a combo!
82 degrees inside, pressure dropping 29.98, winds at 3 mph peaking to 6 mph.  This sunset
picture was taken Wednesday night after our first good rain shower in a while.  It is misting
is is so moist out there.  We are waiting for more  rain and are thrilled
to see the horizon line today among the clouds.
 
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- RAINING!!!!!!!
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:32:34 -0400
IT IS RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY NOW!
Jane Higgins ON THE NORTHWEST SIDE OF ST THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLANDS

- Hazy, Dry, Parakeets On Patrol
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:04:01 -0400
Good Morning Islanders,
Here in the rain forest of St Thomas, Fortuna, on the Northwest side we are looking for
some rain.  The parakeets are after  juicy fruits and the trees are are curling and
begging for moisture.  The birds do fly by dips into the pool for a drink and
the bats are on duty at dusk lowering the mosquito population.
 
The 9:40 a.m. weather station report is:
Outdoors  92 degrees with 74% humidity (the  Sunday  3pm report was 103 !  in the
sun on the cement wall where station is mounted)
Indoors   82 degrees  (my perfect temp)
Pressure is 30.01
Winds at 2 mph peaking to 6 mph, although taller tree tops are swaying , so would
suggest the winds are a little higher
The horizon is non-existent, the skies so dusty; the aerial photographers will be taking a pass on us today.
 
Finally, after months of coaxing, this morning  the feral mom cat was put in the crate to have her
spay surgery.  What an exciting start to the day.  We hope her release goes as smoothly.
 
Jane Higgins  jhigginswear at islands.vi  
 
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- Water Mon Again!
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:26:53 -0400
The water truck delivered again this morning.  We need a good rain.  The garden’s
gluttonous water intake is the  price we pay for tomatoes, herbs, peppers and fruit.
 
Our weather station report , 10:15 am; 86  degrees outdoors ( a little cooler) 81 indoors,
78 % humidity (cloudy, just had a sprinkle of course as the water truck drove away)
wind 1 mph, peak at 5 mph, barely a breeze.  Pressure is at 30., cloudy, overcast,
is it dust? or moisture? 
 
The Sahara dust chart looks intensely red, more than usual coming  soon
to us with a blob of moisture enclosed . Considering that we just bought water assume
we’ll have a few showers this weekend, and you are welcome.
 
Meanwhile  Tim (Dunkin) Duncan and the SPURS are ON FIRE!  One more to go...
...and the sounds of World Cup Soccer in the background. 
 
With a clearer horizon from the Northwest side of Fortuna, St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands,
Jane Higgins
 

- Rain Dance?
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:59:36 -0400
Good Morning,
The weather station from our outer deck is placed around
650 feet high up the hill from Atlantic side.  We are not
on the windy side of the island, as you can see from our
wind speeds. 
Report this morning as of 9:50 a.m. is
outdoor temp 92
indoor temp 82 (glad for that!)
humidity 77%
winds at 2 mph peaking at 4 mph.
We are less hazy than yesterday and  not a good
day for taking pictures, that is for sure.
HOPING FOR RAIN, going to do a rain dance today
and see if it helps. 
 
Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands
 

- Very Hazy
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:32:45 -0400
Good Morning,
Weather station report 10:20 am
97 degrees outside 84 inside
72% humidity
Pressure 29.98
Wind at 2mph peaking at 7
 
Super hazy. Dust has settled again on windows.
Waiting for a rainy rinse.   Looks like
more dust is coming up the island chain.
 
Northwest side of Fortuna, St Thomas
US Virgin Islands
 

- rolling blackouts
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 08:32:47 -0400
Good Morning,
Good thing my office has solar energy as we are on rolling blackouts.
Weather station reports  8:25 am; 90 degrees outside, 80 inside,
80% humidity, pressure is 29.94, wind at 2mph peaking at 5 mph.
In other words HOT AND HUMID.  The horizon shows haze resting there.
 
Solar energy also ground the coffee beans this morning. Good to go
back into the garden. Found a tomato worm and looking for more.
 
 
on the Northwest side of Fortuna,
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
 

- Cooler, Windier ,Looking for Rain
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2014 11:05:49 -0400
Saturday morning report is a little later than
weekdays; weather station on outer deck reports at 11am
90 degrees outdoor, 83 indoors,
68 % humidity, pressure is 29.94
cooling clouds building up, wind is average 4mph, with
gusts up to 11 mph, hoping this will bring some
rain up the island chain to us.
 
Out to baby the lime and starfruit trees now.
 
Have a great weekend. 
 
Northwest side , Fortuna, St Thomas,
US Virgin Islands 
 

- Cooler
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 09:32:42 -0400
Good Morning,
The weather station on our outer deck 9:05 am report today is
Outdoor temp 85 degrees  COOLER than yesterday
Indoor temp  81 degrees
Humidity 77%, we could use a passing shower for the veggie plants
wind speeds 2-5 mph gusting 6-9 mph
Hazier horizon than yesterday, nice to be on the cooler side.
 
Go Tim, Go Spurs, Tim Duncan of St Croix is  the MAN in B-ball! 
Jane Higgins
from the Northwest Side ,
Fortuna, St Thomas US VIRGIN ISLANDS

- Horizon Line
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 09:17:31 -0400
The horizon is back.  Glorious skies. The 9:05 am weather station report from
our outer deck in direct sunlight ( in Fortuna, NWest side of St Thomas ) says 
95 degrees, with 73% humidity, winds holding at 3 mph and peaking at 9 mph. 
The pressure is 29.92 and the inside temperature is 82 degrees. 
 
Looks like the Sahara dust has fallen south.  Gratitude for our view may be based
on the clarity of the horizon.  So fickle!
 
The brown bag on the counter houses some ripening tomatoes.  The thresher birds
are vexed. 
 
Jane Higgins
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
 

- Super Haze
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:41:00 -0400
The Sahara dust has removed the horizon line. We have a slight breeze; about 4 mph,
and outer deck temperature is 90 degrees already!  Early morning gardening helped
work up a sweat.  This is my favorite bloomer in the courtyard today. The dust chart
looks serious.  And we just washed the windows of course.  Take care, stay cool.
 
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- Bertha
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:39:34 -0400
Bertha is a bad name, used up, we remember Bertha......
let’s get past her as fast as we can.
Jane Higgins

- June Jump Start
  • From: "Jane Higgins" <jhigginswear at islands.vi>
  • Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:16:12 -0400
Gardening today and thinking about all those plants in pots that would have to move
just “in case”.  Now is the time to start putting them in the ground! Hot , humid,
hazy. It must be summer. Second crop of tomatoes are turning red.
Let’s all remember our latitudes.  
Jane Higgins
Fortuna, Northwest side of St Thomas
US Virgin Islands

- A Little Late But......
  • From: Jimmy and Linda Magner <frenchtownfishing at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 21:46:29 -0400
Greetings, everyone! 

I honestly did try to get this email out four days ago but due to some confusion on my part with reference to email addresses, it never made it to this site.  Many thanks to Gert and Dave for straightening me out!  So here it is, a little late but hey... 

Hip Waders and Raincoats!​!

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May 10 (4 days ago)
to gert
Greetings from wet, drenched, soaked, flooded, overwhelmed, swamped, inundated and towel brigade overworked St. Thomas!! 

It's been such a long time since our last post but feel that these last few days here are worthy of an honorable mention today.

We were warned that we would have days of rain but after this last dry spell, I don't think anyone really believed it would actually happen.  Well, it came in with a vengeance.  Apart from a few hours break, it has been pretty well non stop rain since Wednesday. 

Once it started, knowing what was being said, I put my trusty orange "Home Depot" bucket outside in the middle of the yard, determined to see how much we'd actually get.  Well, it's Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and I've just taken a measurement and am up to 9.5 inches, with no signs of let up yet.

Flooding has been an issue on the island also, including the infamous boulders rolling off the hills onto roads, washouts, stalled cars, boat bailing and ... I think you get my drift!

On the positive side, the island is turning green again and my cistern is full!!

It's been said that this is going to continue until this coming Wednesday.  I'm thinking if that's true, this island will be floating off on its own!  ;-)

Hope all is well with everyone!

L&J

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