What have you got best at during lockdown? For us, it’s doing nothing. We have got really good at doing nothing. Pretty excellent at it, if we do say so.
Bonaire isn’t in lockdown conditions – not right now. We still stay away from most public areas. We do it for prevention, for the fact we don’t have health insurance that covers us for, well anything that isn’t a scuba diving – or a major boating accident. Not that we were planning either of these. The truth is probably just that we’ve got used to not moving much.
It started for us in Barbados. When lockdown came there, it pretty much confined us to Quest. The beach, the main place to visit, which was no more than a five minute swim away; that was closed. It opened two months later, but only for a few hours a day. Only very early in the morning, from around 7am, till 10am. Which was frustrating for us because we do school at that time. That’s when lessons were live in the U.K. So, we didn’t go to the beach even when it reopened, until they released an afternoon session.
At that point it became the exciting highlight of our day. The beaach. All the other cruisers – well, all five of us, used to congregate in the afternoons. And it was the perfect beach for floating around in the shallows. We’d form a loose circle and chat – until it was time to vamoose.
That was our experience of the first lockdown. Plus the Barbados police boat, with their own lights off, used to come past at night and shine their torches into our boat. They used to do it to all our boats in the anchorage. Sort of strange, but we got used to it. To be honest, we stopped noticing after a while. In the end, I used to think it was quite a nice gesture. At least they were keeping us safe. When we saw the police boat come by during the day, we’d wave. They’d wave right back.
I do miss Barbados. Most proper island with excellent trident flag and amazing Prime Minister. Mia Amor Mottley, QC. Leader of the Barbados Labour Party. She used to run a jazz band which toured internationally, in between getting her law degree. Speaks regularly to her nation now. She said this yesterday:
‘In the past seven days, we have lost three of our people to COVID-19 in circumstances that it pained me greatly. They didn’t break any law. They did not flagrantly abuse any protocol or guidelines. They did not even leave their homes.
In fact, I have said that they didn’t catch COVID; COVID caught them. None of the three of them went to COVID. COVID came to them. This has given me sleepless nights and my fear is that COVID will not stop until we as a nation stop COVID.’
Barbados announced afterwards that is is going back into lockdown. I wonder if there’s another small set of cruisers at Port St Charles anchorage right now.