Monthly Archives: August 2010

End of Summer

  As island kids are sitting back in class, I hope they are looking back on their summer memories with fondness as we are.  We had quite a busy summer at Fleur de Lys and TC Millwork.  In June the millshop moved into a brand new space, a bright and lofty building we made our own with Caribbean classic louvered windows and giant mahogany doors.   In July the villa welcomed a large British family, long time dear friends of island neighbors, who enjoyed a splendid four weeks on holiday.  One of their two young boys learned to swim during their stay so many hours were spent both in the pool, and in the ocean, splashing about with his new skill.  Snorkel masks and fins were soon added to the new swimmer and a whole new world of fish and sea creature wonderment was opened.  There was curiosity on land as well.  This incredibly vibrant lizard paid a brief villa visit, just long enough for the family to take several fantastic photos.

Image courtesy of N.G.
In August we had the pleasure of having a group of ladies from Colorado and Oklahoma stay at the villa.  This fun, all-girl group was up for anything.  Their to do list included home made breakfasts, snorkeling within Princess Alexandra National Park, stylish dinners out, and the infamous glow worm cruise!  Here they are in action at the O’Soleil restaurant at the Somerset and enjoying the glow worm cruise under a full moon.
Images courtesy of Tammy Millington
” . . . our stay at your gorgeous villa. It was the perfect spot for us to relax – I hope to return someday!”
We hope to have you return again too, thank you for your stay ladies!

Summer Bash at the Youth Center

All images by PepperKeyStacie
Last Saturday the Edward C. Gartland Youth Center hosted their Summer Bash celebration.  The kids are due back to school this week so this was a great time for the kids to have some fun before it’s back to the books.  As you can read from the posters above, there were loads of activities for the kids to participate in.  I had the great fortune of asssisting with the Limbo contest and was I ever impressed, especially with our three top finalists. 

From top to bottom left to right:
Basketball competition, jamming to the tunes of the dj, Director Nikita giving a helping hand to her daughter under the limbo, preparing for the talent competition, volunteer Taylor Drotman and one of the star limboers getting his strategy down, and the Bean Bag Toss with director Roxann looking on.

  The ECGYC is always looking for volunteers, if you have some spare time to teach a class, monitor the computer lab, tutor, or have ideas of your on how you can help, please contact here.

Au Revoir Caicos Cafe

Image courtesy of Where When How

  Today will be the final day to experience one of the flagships of Providenciales dining.  Restaurateur couple Daphne and Pierik Marizou end their over decade long legacy of serving fine French and Caribbean cuisine.  Caicos Cafe will be greatly missed by residents and travelers alike.  I am certain I speak for Turks and Caicos when I express our sincerest gratitude to the Marizou family for so many wonderful meals and memories. 

Image courtesy of Justine Marizou on Facebook

Elegant Wedding

Image courtesy of Phototerra
Spending time in Quebec every year we often meet Canadians who love the Caribbean, and with so many Canadians living on the island it furthers the fact that Turks and Caicos is an ideal location for Canadians to visit, whether it be for a week or a lifetime.  We decided it was high time we share  Fleur de Lys with the wedding community in Canada and were honored that the gorgeous publication, Elegant Wedding was interested in featuring our story on their blog
For Canadian couples wishing to host their wedding in paradise but who may have reservations about choosing a destination location, set your minds at ease.  With West Jet’s direct flights from Toronto, getting here is a breeze.  Prefer to fly from Montreal?  Delta has a great deal on tickets with one easy layover in Atlanta.  Although the country is a British territory,  they use American currency, so now is a perfect time to get great value on your vacation dollar and you can even convert your cash at home.  

Old Home Days

All images by PepperKey Stacie

On a road trip through New Brunswick, not long after traveling east across the province to the coast passing fewer than a half dozen cars in three hours, we suddenly hit traffic.  Bumber to bumper cars, some of them decorated in parade style, all of them full of cheerful people who were in celebration mode.  Rows and rows of colorful flags draped across the small town two lane highway, repeated every few hundred yards.   As our road trip came to a slow crawl we had ample opportunity to look around; most of the houses lining the road were adorned with the same strands of colorful flags, the kind that you often hang to draw attention to an open house.  As we inched closer to what I later discovered was the town of Tabusintac, many of the houses boasted family reunion signs and crowds of people picnicing on the front lawns.  Several people were perched on their front porches, or reclining in their lawn chairs, waving at all the traffic go by.  Were we somehow mixed into the parade?  What exactly was going on?  The entire town was having a family reunion?  We passed what looked to be a fairgound with tents set up, old cars parked in the front, and a big sign reading “Old Home Days.”  I so wanted to be part of the fun; maybe we should stop and pretend we are long lost cousins? 
  After googling the phrase I desperately regret not stopping.  Check out the schedule!  Country market, salmon supper, quilt show, Durty Nelly Dance, antique car show, Thirsty Rangers Welcome Home, corn boil, pancake breakfast, Wheel of Farmer, Mackerel Fishing Derby, Old Fashioned Kitchen Party, Genealogy Fair, and a raft race.  I could have stayed the whole week!  On Family Day alone I could have had a delightful day of pony rides, pie eating, tug of war, visiting the petting zoo, shopping at the craft sale, then taking a spin on a wagon.  Every little town needs an “Old Home Days.”

Images of New Brunswick