Grand Bras Cemetery
12/09/2015 - 12/09/2015
Tomorrow we are going to have a guide to do the little cemeteries and finish up the last three lighthouses.
So I decided that we should do the best we could to do the big cemetery that I know about here, which is about 40 km along the road we took on Monday. The only thing was, I couldn't figure out where we would eat lunch. But maybe lunch is over-rated
We set out about 9:15 and by 9:30 we were whizzing down the Maurice Bishop Memorial highway.
We went by the brewery (as we always did - it was on our way out)
through the roundabouts that we went through yesterday. There was a big piece of machinery in front of us and he was going about our speed, so we let all the hot rods pass us and we just stayed behind him. They have the speed bumps marked with road signs in advance of them (most of the time). But with the big earth moving machine in front of us we could see where they were quite well. So we were disappointed when he got to where he was going to.
We did pick up a dump truck to follow for awhile, but eventually he turned off too.
We got to the cemetery about 10:30. The signs on the gate said (in a plaque on each side of the gate) "In memory of those who fell in the Great War 1914-1918"
And then on one side "NOTICE Please contact cemetary keeper before
conducting any business in the cemetary" (Cemetery was spelled wrong)
We drove in. The road was gravel and rutted. In the middle of the cemetery there was a drive though building with a cross on it which had a car in it, but Bob parked along the side of the road and we got out.
I told him we'd stay for an hour. I went up to the car in the building and there was an old lady there who had a cane like mine that you can sit on. She asked if I was looking for my relatives, and I said 'not really'. We talked. The guy who was driving the car was an undertaker. She was there to see whether her friend's tomb that she bought and paid for had been added. I showed her the cemetery on my phone on FindAGrave. And the second person listed was her husband.
I had great difficulty using the scooter in the cemetery - I did the best I could
and also went out and took photos of the gate. There were workers in the cemetery. Bob went about the business of taking photos and I took a few too.
There was a man sitting there in the shade who looked like he was East Indian. Dressed in a pair of long shorts and flip flops, and with no fat on him - just bone. He said he painted the graves. He said that the cemetery had been cleaned up last month on the 4th and they had a ceremony with lighted candles. - I am still having difficulty with the camera setting being accidentally set on Creative Auto - those come out with all wrong colors - all blue.
Bob came back to the car about 11:00. He took about 250 photos. I had a few too
We drove back the same way we came. I took a photo of the cemetery in St. Davids so that I would get the GPS coordinates. We passed the Westerhall Estate which is a rum distillery on a 500 acre estate in St. Davids. You could see the entire rum making process. We could have had lunch there too.
Bob said he wanted to just to to KFC and get chicken from there as it is hard to screw up fried chicken, so we did that.
I have decided that I probably do not have time to go to the underwater sculpture garden, so I thought I should swim at least once. I was finishing up and getting ready to get my suit on when I heard a crash and a yelp. I thought someone hit a dog. When we came out to go to the pool, I saw that a bus (mini-van - black - route #1) coming up this road had hit a minivan(white) coming out of this driveway.
We went down to the pool and saw that there was an ice machine there, but no ice bucket here. Bob thinks we should have an ice bucket to get ice in. The shower was down some steps, so I did not get a shower. The water in the pool was quite warm. We put things to dry out on the balcony.
They have taken our washcloths and not replaced them, so Bob is using the ones that he brought with him