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.
Stay dry and stay warm everyone. xxx