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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

My Family's Fourth of July Picnic Story in Pics

This will be a story in pictures again. But first, here are some of the things I made for our picnic:

1)  Mexican Roll-Ups
2)  Meat Roll-Ups
3)  Stuffed Eggs
4)  Curried Walnuts
5)  Bobotie
6)  Grapes
7)  Diet Splenda Coke and Miller light beers and ice cold water
8)  Sandwiches for the boys and cheese hamburger buns for us with cold meats, cheese and tomato.
9)  Chocolate chip scones

If anyone is interested in any of these recipes, let me know and I'll post it.

Okay here is the story.  Don't laugh at me too much, okay?!!

The boat trip and one of the inhabited islands on the way.  I got to walk in this village - very interesting.  Some youngsters barely 5 years of age were dragging palm fronds for repairing a bungalow roof.  Little kiddies said hello to me and stared curiously at us. These Indians have a simple way of life but quite peaceful and one cannot argue that the scenery they enjoy is spectacular.
 Buying low-carb food - big crabs!  They cook them for us on the island.
 Approaching the island where we will spend almost 6 hours.  The weather was perfect, the temperature even more perfect - just right!  The sun - waaay too strong and hot for my delicate, older skin. I was determined to avoid a sunburn. 
 My eldest son, Daniel, contemplating the fallen Palm tree.
 My youngest son bbm'ing a friend on his Blackberry.  A Brazilian beauty in the background taking photos.  She and her fiance were off to Spain to get married in a day or two.  They got to sleep on the island that night.
  Dan and Jon hanging out on a Palm tree over the water and a huge school of colorful fishes.  I'm holding an enormous shell that weighs about 5 lbs. 
 A view of the crystal clear sea and part of the beach. A bungalow off to the side with roof made out of palm fronds containing 3 beds for overnight visitors.  We could not stay overnight as Smiley was patiently waiting inside our home on the mountain for us to return.
 A better view of the bungalow and yet another small one on the point.  This side of the beach is lovely for bathing but the other side of the island is full of coral and has small waves; hard to believe looking at this tranquil scene.
 Jonathan monkeying around and looking buff.  He is the most avid low-carber in the family!

First of all, this is how I used to go the beach at the age of sweet sixteen . I was a brunette then but now I'm a blonde.  Gee, I wonder how that happened?  I get highlights to hide the gray but now I have so much gray that my hairdresser is threatening to color the gray brown. Go figure!  Next to me is Ian who also became my husband.  We celebrated 32 years of marriage this year.  It is a long story but due to problems with our papers and emigrating, I married this same man 3 times!  Yep, you read that right!  (wink)

Our two wonderful sons flanking mom sitting on her chair, feet dangling in the water.  Yep, this is how I go to the beach these days at age 54!  Daniel called me "Little Purple Riding Hood".  Jonathan called me "Little Bo Peep" and Ian called me "Jungle Jen."  Haha!  I am so afraid of getting too much sun as I burn red-red within minutes it seems and later turn into one big freckle in my mind!!  Everyone looked a bit like a tomato at the end of the day but I was absolutely fine except for a sun-kissed look on my face and chest.  Daniel got a serious burn on the part of his back that was sticking out of the water while snorkeling and viewing pretty underwater creatures, including tiny purple and white jelly fish and colorful sea urchins on the bottom of the ocean lurking between bits of coral.  I hope he wears his shirt next time.  I do feel bad about that.   At least he did manage to sleep.  I remember putting sunscreen on Jon's back because he asked me, but I completely forgot to ask Dan if he had done his back.  He is darker than Jonathan and I worry less but this sun is not to be underestimated! (Update:  Dan informed me that he covered his own back with SPF50, so it was swimming at midday that was the problem and perhaps some of it washed off.  Either way, it is shocking.  Days later, he is still red!)  I'm holding a huge coconut.  People drink the fluid in these enormous green coconuts.  The last time Daniel went to the beach he got an upset tummy from doing that.  It can be rough on the system if one is not used to it.  All in all this was a lovely and memorable day and the picnic was real tasty! 


Ginny said...

Absolutely beautiful Jen! Thanks for sharing your day!

Cathy the Teacher said...

Would love the recipes for the first two on the list. Enjoy your vacation.

Jennifer said...

Hi Ginny. Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you had a good 4th of July too.

Jennifer said...

Cathy, I will post them for you shortly. That was just a one day outing for us and quite an expensive day - $120 - but worth it. Now it is back to work for me!

Kathy said...

Wow! It looks like you and your family live in a paradise!!

Just beautiful :)

Janet said...

You are so lucky! That place is like a storybook. How lovely!

Jennifer said...

It really is beautiful, Kathy. It was my first visit there. I got dragged there by the guys who have been a few times, but I was really happy in the end that I went. I saw the most amazing sights on the way there. I am so not a beach person anymore though! lol That is why I looked so peculiar all trussed up, but I didn't get burned - just a little red in the face and on my chest (didn't cover up right away) today and that is a first for me after 6 hours on a beach in the tropics!

It is also a bit like a storybook, Janet - I felt a bit like Robinson Crusoe stranded on that island yesterday until the boat guys came to fetch us again at 4:30 pm.

Carolyn said...

Wow, your 4th looks so lovely. We went to a beach too, but it looked nothing like that! It was also packed full of fellow New Englanders trying to bask in a little sunshine, there was hardly a square foot of the beach that wasn't inhabited!

Jennifer said...

Gee, Carolyn, that would have been the case the day before for us as well. There were 242 cars in the parking lot apparently. 4th of July fell on a Monday, thankfully, and there were only 5 cars when we arrived. We went to a popular island (some civilization on there - flush toilets and a restaurant and bungalows and hammocks and chairs for rent) but there are 365 islands - one for each day of the year!

We chose the one shady spot on the island or at least the one spot where there was some shade in the water so at one point about 7 people came to enjoy it with us for about an hour-and-a-half. :)

Jo Ann said...

I'd love to see the recipes to all of them - especially the Bobotie, because I have no clue what that is!

And why on Earth would anyone laugh at your pictures? I am pea green with envy! What a beautiful place...

Jennifer said...

I thought people might laugh at me when they see how I go to the beach these days. Haha Pea green with envy - what a cute saying. I'm sure you have beautiful places near you too. The beach is kind of wasted on me.

Okay, I have been working very hard editing, but I'll take a break soon and start posting the recipes. Bobotie is a special curried meat loaf native to South Africa. In fact Bobotie is to South Africa what lasagna is to Italy. :) It originated with the Malay people.

Jo Ann said...

I can relate to covering up at the beach. I live in Florida, and am a redhead. Sunscreen is my close companion.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I love Florida!! We're going there in November - to Orlando. Yes, I think you would certainly have to be extremely careful. Wow - fairer than that you don't get.

Anne H said...

Hauntingly beautiful - It's like the island pictures spoke to my heart. Love love love it!

Jennifer said...

Anne, hi! (smile) I was wondering if you would spot this post. I knew you would like it. Stay tuned for the sloth post sometime. Darn sloth is up high in my tree and eating it bare. He has been hanging around (literally) for weeks. I'm almost feeling attached to him if he were not so dirty and scruffy looking. lol