If you live in Anguilla or if you are a fan or visitor you probably know there has been a lot of rain in Anguilla in the last few weeks. Most cisterns in Anguilla are now full and overflowing including mine. The flora on the island is lush and splendid. Even the beaches are looking prettier than ever. There truly is beauty after the storm.
Growing up in Anguilla, a lot of rain usually meant cancelled school. It still happens but I think this is decreasing. However, some of the reasons for cancelled school still exist and include building layout and design which makes moving to classes difficult and for other schools, pools of water form on the grounds. A lot of rain also meant or means that classes are half empty.
Plans and events were also often cancelled while I was growing up because ‘it raining’ and ‘you don’t see the dark clouds?’ Some mornings if I don’t feel like exercising I still use the dark clouds or drizzling excuse.
Things have changed a lot over the years. Over the last few days we had a lot of rain and there was substantial flooding in some parts of the island. We are thankful however that in Anguilla once it stops raining and the sun peeks through, water disappears quite quickly. Rain, even a lot of it seldom shuts down the island now. While we might still be tempted to stay in bed and sleep in, business and work for the most part continue as usual.
Today Nash and I went out in the afternoon to pick up friends from Blowing Point who had a weekend getaway in St. Maarten spoiled because of the torrential rain and flooding there. A curfew was even enforced in our neighboring island due to the flooding. I snapped this shot of the beach and the mountains of St. Martin. Do you see those clouds?
We then stopped by Mabel for some potato pudding, conkies and soup. Mabel had her umbrella but she was out with her team doing business as usual despite the rain in Anguilla.
Earlier this afternoon the sun was peeking out and I think sometimes the most beautiful pictures are captured on overcast days. It adds a certain beauty, a certain je ne sais quoi to the moment captured. You can read why I love Anguilla so much here.
According to the forecast, there is still more rain to come. If you are visiting the island, do use these rainy days to visit some of Anguilla’s wonderful museums and art galleries. You can read about one of my faves in this blog post.
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Stay dry and stay warm everyone. xxx
Lovely post Shell, your writing gets better every day! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Ellen! I know that I have been showing up in your inbox quite a bit over the last week. Content is king when it comes to blogging so to grow the blog I am making a much bigger effort to write more often and to create original content. Thanks for reading!
I have been following you for the last year and realized it was time to say Great Job. As new residents to Anguilla we really gain great insights from your blog. Well written and enjoyable!
Frank and Susan
Hi Frank and Susan. So nice to e-meet you :). I am so glad you decided to say something. It is always nice for us to know that persons are enjoying the blog and finding it useful. It fuels our passion. As new residents to the island, I really do hope you are enjoying it here. Perhaps we will meet randomly one day..until then it is nice to know that you are out there reading. Have a great day both of you.
Thank you. Thanks to your blog we discovered the ANT, (which we have participated in four activities so far) great places to eat and remote places to explore and have made some Anguillian friends just to name a few.
Since it’s a small island I’m sure we will bump into each other at some point and we will recognize you by your beautiful smile!
Frank and Susan