Some sad news in the first week of October: a much-loved member of our community for many years, passed away. Steve was an accomplished musician, a lovely gentle man and he was Santa every year. I didn’t know him as well as I would have liked, but he was a very generous man and helped a lot of people in this village. He was much loved by all.
October 1st marked the beginning of Queen Conch season and all over the village conch fritters, conch soup or chowder and conch ceviche are added to restaurant menus.
It was scorchingly (is that word?) hot this October and we spent a lot of time immersed in cool water, sitting in front of a fan and, most nights, we actually turned on our air conditioning, something we don’t often do. As we melted in the heat, we reminded ourselves that this is what we dreamed about while freezing in Canada.
Not many people moved about during the hottest times of the day. As luck would have it, both air conditioners in our house stopped working AND the one in our car! Fortunately, we got the ones in the house fixed right away, but the car … well, we’re waiting for a part and in Belize, that means bringing it in from the States which could take a month or so.
On the 14th we braved the 47 deg. C heat and went to beach with friends to watch the annular eclipse.
It wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be, but it was a good experience and great to spend time with friends on the beach, something I hadn’t done for a while.
The next day, we woke up to cloudy weather and the temperature dropped to 27 Deg. C. The village rejoiced.
In the early hours of Monday morning our power went out and we later got news of a plane crash just past the Placencia airport. Two people stole one of the commercial planes from our little airport for the purpose of transporting illegal substances and money, but they were flying too low, clipped one of the power lines and crashed in a fiery ball of flames. Both men passed away.
So much excitement in just a few days.
October was also the semi-finals and finals of the World Cup Rugby. South Africa (my team) won the last three games against France, England and New Zealand by only one point each game. It was nail-biting. Needless to say they won the World Cup for the fourth time in a row making them the only country to do so. We watch the final against the All Blacks at a bar and restaurant in Seine Bight, Simply Vibes, who hosted the event for rugby supporter, all of whom were South African supporters.
And then before we knew it, it was the end of the month and Halloween. I missed it because I got sick with the flu.