From the Fosbery House
Christmas Blooms at Upper Spooners Estate – St Kitts
Our year has been eventful one way and another.
‘The Gallipot’ which opened just over a year ago – [see the article below] - continues to do well under the capable hands of Julian and Tracy Rigby, ably assisted by the senior Rigby’s -
Derek - at the bar
and Jeannie - who is really
‘Genie of the Dessert’
The ‘Gallipot’ - pronounced the same
as it looks - (except to a Frenchman maybe – Faites attention mes Amis!) - is located
N 62o 38’ W on the
leeward coast of the
It was the brainchild of
longtime St. Kitts-Nevis surgeon and former cruising yachtsman
Desmond Fosbery and his wife, the beautiful Catherine Hitchins-Fosbery,
ably assisted by her daughter Tracy Hitchins Rigby and son-in- law,
that well known Englishman, Mariner and Sports-fisherman extraordinaire,
Julian Rigby of Nevis Water-Sports Ltd.
Catherine and ‘Doc’ Fosbery
A well-stocked Octagonal Bar
with ample seating,
looks out onto the best sunsets around
and up into the verdant slopes of
It is continued over onto a shady dining area,
just the place for a cool ‘lime’ and choice from a menu
that lists the freshest fish around
brought to us direct from the charter fleet of Nevis Water Sports.
Catherine & Tracy await ‘opening night’
Destined to fill a current
void in facilities within
the St. Kitts-Nevis cruising waters, this new Beachfront Bar and Restaurant
on Nevis seeks to provide services, not only to our landed visitors
and locals alike, but to cruising visitors who come in
either from St Kitts just across the Narrows,
or from beyond the horizons of the Federation.
Tamarind Bay provides deep
water, well sheltered at most times
from the prevailing wind and current - see
Chris Doyle’s “Cruising Guide to the Leeward Islands”
and now, with the establishing of some deep dead-weight moorings
to protect the sea-bed from dragging anchor chains,
keel-boat visitors will also be able to enjoy
the superb snorkelling to be found around the base of the cliffs
at the eastern side of the bay, come ashore easily to the warm hospitality
of the Eastern Caribbean’s newest shady watering-hole
a few feet from the water’s edge and then
head out to explore all that Nevis has to offer,
knowing their vessels may be left safely secured.
While shallow draught boats
can come in even closer,
eventually a dinghy docking facility should enable
the most elegant of keel-boat cruising visitors
to come ashore dry-shod before heading out
to dine at any other of the Island’s top feeding troughs.
Call us up on VHF ch 16
and we can even arrange your taxi pickup
to save you time and hassle once you come ashore,
while land-lubbers can always reach us by phone at  469 8230
Just plot in your
‘waypoints’ on GPS and come on over to see us.
The beers are cold already
the fish will be fresh when you arrive.
A Typical Sunset ‘scene’ from
‘The Gallipot’ bar
After a good start to 2003 aboard “Nomad”
Ship’s Cat & Doc
we were beset a couple of months later when the main-mast
broke as we were beating up to our mooring in Tamarind Bay one Saturday
lunch-time in a southerly breeze. That led to a rather ignominious,
not to say un-seamanlike, arrival.
Fortunately we were within soundings with the hook laid out on deck,
and, most important of all, we were not seen from the bar;
all our patrons being otherwise engaged in ‘noshing’ over in the
restaurant, while Julian was busy as ever in the kitchen
turning out another dozen plates or so.
This unfortunate debacle led to us having to sail
back to St Kitts under ‘jury-rig’ to rebuild the mast.
‘The bosun’ – Gerry - and I did this over the next several weeks
It’s something like working
‘square pegs into round holes’
Some months later, we were ready to head back to Port Zante
The rigged mast is on the dock behind us
so..…a little light refreshment,
and tomorrow we’ll…..
……Re-step the Mast
The whole ‘project’ took rather a long time, as in the middle of it all Catherine and I went
‘Off to London to look at the Queen’
Adam and Eden came too
H.M looked lovely, even from the back
During our time in
- Des, George & Charles -
- May 1963 -
- Des, George and Charles -
- May 2003 -
- May 1963 -
- May 2003 -
The only difference – that is between then and now –
seemed to be the cost of the drinks,
plus a couple of hundred-weight in ‘Avoirdupois’.
We subsequently spent a night with Margaret (Dr. Spittle)
and her husband David (Mr. Hare) in Surrey – more catch-up -
and finally left from Gatwick after a speedy visit
to the South Coast to see the ‘Boonies’ and my eldest son
– ‘Nick – the Woodsman’ -
with whom we climbed one of Sussex’s ancient stone hill-forts.
The ‘Avis’ rental people at Gatwick thought our
mileage was wrong for the time we’d had our Diesel Peugeot …….
‘26-hundred miles, sir?’ -
‘Reckon that’s about right’ said I…..
A few minutes later I realized I’d left them with the
wrong credit card - the one that had been ‘cancelled’ while we
were in the North - due apparently, so said the bank, to some
‘bulk thievery’ of card numbers somewhere out there in the ‘aethers’.
Catherine made me go back and get them to swipe the new one!!
Once more home in St Kitts, and the ‘Nomad’ re-rigged,
we were soon able to get back to sailing her again.
By then we had redone the spars & rails in varnish.
‘Sail On!’ -
Oh, the joys of no longer being ‘Surgeon on-Call’.
Spot the essential difference in these two pictures....?
That’s right, …The Gin and Tonic
set to windward !
I was a House Physician when we won the Soccer World Cup !!
Now Charles and Zoe’s daughter plays rugger for
and one of George’s daughters is playing too !! - Bb-G’s
What’s it all coming to chaps??
Not to mention diminutive girls sailing
Solo Round the World and winning.
Made me pull out some old photo memories,
playing with the Tin-miners and Policemen for Camborne RFC
in the ’60s.
One of these policemen got sent to
to help quell ‘the Rebellion’!
Camborne playing in the White with Cherry Hoop.
We beat ’em, of course. .
Those days I used to get write-ups
in the ‘Western Morning News’ on Mondays
Excuse me while I go and cry into some beer!
And what will 2004 hold for us all?
This Christmas we sadly remember our dear friend Annelle - gone before her time one would have thought - big C - in 2003.
Annelle with ‘Cats’
With George when he came to St Kitts
Thank heavens we were spared Hurricanes this year,
though the season started early - in April with T.S. Ana -and ended late - in December with Hurricane Peter.
So now, Charlie, George, John and spouses - Pip and Caroline, Hitchins’s and Fosbery’s – no matter how you spell it – and friends all, when are you coming to see us and sail the ‘Nomad’???
George is no stranger - here he is…..
….with Julian and a modest ‘biter’
…& with Des pondering the enormities
- Note the ‘physick’ bottle -
Neither is Charlie a stranger to these shores, he came here years ago too…..
But I can no longer find the picture
of the two of us together trying to split this
Nag’s Head St Kitts - off the starboard bow
Anyway, unless or until we see any of you over here or
over there, we send you this montage of captured moments -
mainly of this new century - some will mean something to someone - if we’ve left anyone out or you don’t recognize some of those seen here
please bear with us and know that ALL of you mean a lot to us
and also that all this comes with love and best wishes for Christmas and the coming Year …..
Catherine and Desmond xxx
In St. Kitts and