Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Monkey Bay Marina.

A little bit of heaven here on the Rio.

This is one of my favourite spots to sit. Gently rocking under the soothing breeze of the ceiling fan.

Watching the patterns on the water, the boats going about their business...

And listening to the squawks of the parrot from the neighbouring property who thinks it is a duck!

Cruisers gather here in the evenings to spin a yarn, meditate, share a drink. There's no pressure to take part.

The choice is yours...

This morning I took a stroll around the gardens and buildings here, it was HOT, humid as hell and with the sweat trickling down my back I stood and looked at the tiny gem of a property that makes up the marina here at Monkey Bay.

Raised pathways keep your feet out of the mangrove swamp and the owners have done a wonderful landscaping job.

I love the huge jungle versions of the plants that I used to raise so carefully in the hothouse back in the UK.

Butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles and even a  domesticated hermit crab!

All these and more can be seen feeding on the plants and vegetation around the property.

Humming birds a-plenty, the occasional glimpse of a bright green snake in the bough of a tree and a frantically paddling freshwater turtle down in the swamp.

We have been to a number of places here on the Rio but like that old saying goes - 'They don't make diamonds as big as bricks'. That's certainly the case with this little beauty. If you're looking for a base on the Rio it doesn't come much better than this. BUT the slips are all full so you'll have to wait, Ha!

 Calabash and coconuts, wonderful vibrant colours that change with the progress of the day.

And all within just steps of the boat.

It's going to be REALLY difficult to leave this place...

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