Some of the drudgeries of daily life—grocery shopping, paying bills, vehicle issues—are pretty much the same regardless of where you live. But when the daily chores take place on an island, they’re framed by a backdrop that ranges from the beautiful to the bizarre.
As Bill and I are coming up on our 1-year rock anniversary, I thought it would be fun to share some of those backdrops with you. So here’s what daily life on an island (mostly) entails…
Traffic and vehicular issues are quite different on a rock
Island traffic jams usually involve livestock rather than accidents or construction. Cows are the worst. They’re slower and take up more road space than goats or sheep.
The hills can be brutal, not only on your calves, but also on your axles (if you’re a car).
Yep, I don’t think the wheel’s supposed to turn that far.
That’s just painful.
I think there’s supposed to be a solid connection here…
Your own parking spot, no matter how tight, is one of the most sought-after perks in renting a house or apartment. Second only to electricity (and more reliable).
But if it’s raining and you can’t find a place to park at the local grocery store, no problem. Just drive right in.
Landing in Virgin Gorda is my favorite air travel experience of all time!
The wildlife ranges from scary to cute to just plain annoying
Don’t be fooled by the lack of size perspective. This picture was taken from 12 feet away.
A little smaller, but no less creepy. Thank goodness for a Shop Vac with a long hose.
I have to admit, I have a fondness for the little lizards (locals call them wood slaves) that show up in my shower.
A rare look at the underside of a lizard. In an unusual turn of events, this one was on the *outside* of our screen.
These are my favorite fish. I really need to look up what they are.
I like these too, but only when viewed from outside the water.
Pretty. And pretty annoying. Someone please get these guys an alarm clock.
Christmas trees come in all shapes, sizes, and materials
Who says Christmas trees have to be fir, spruce, or cedar?
My sister sent me this small, wooden tree (originally from Germany!) because, as she so poignantly put it, “Everyone needs a Christmas tree.”
Even the local bar has a Christmas tree. Drift wood with airplane bottle ornaments – perfect!
Snow-covered tree. Wishful thinking, island style.
Next up: pets, tourists, and scenes from a local bar!