Certain things are
predestined. For years we weren't able to find Witte Raaf a good spot in
the Suriname river, so we moved her to Trinidad. But last January all
jigsaw pieces suddenly fell in place. The almost non existent Surinamese
sailing club asked us to help get things on the rail and now we are
starting the Sailing Club Suriname. Plans for a jetty and a safe berth
for Witte Raaf are approved and all members look forward to club activities.
A good reason for us to make plans to sail Witte Raaf back to Suriname
A couple of days later someone suddenly offered us a safe mooring,
recently renovated and surely a good temporary spot until November, so
now we can sail Witte Raaf home immediately. On top of all this upon
arrival at the yard in Chaguaramas it appeared that since two weeks a
reorganisation was going on, meaning that the possibilities for storage
will be reduced and on the long run even disappear. And for a start the
rates have gone up with 25%.
What a coincidence, all these incidents in such a short period of time.
everything went as smoothly as we would have wanted. A long winter in
Holland resulted in many flue outbreaks and JW's parents (94 and 91)
were also victimized. His father was even admitted to the hospital when
we departed from Suriname, but was on the mend so no reason for alarm.
Unfortunately a couple of days later he got a pneumonia – so we decided
to leave the boat on the hard and change our plans. Quickly we flew from
(the quite wintery)
Trinidad back to Suriname to change our bikini's and swimming trunks for
long trousers, boots and winter coats and the next day we flew on to
Holland for a 6 weeks stay.
The first day we were
thrown in at the deep end by Joanna: a walk on the beach of Kijkduin at
temperatures below 25°F.
We spent a lot of time with JW’s parents – with his father in a home and
his mother who commuted between the home and their own place - and all
the time it was snowing.
When JW's father felt a
little better we were able to visit almost all of our friends and even our
Surinamese cat, who lives in Meppel now and really enjoys the wintry weather!
JW celebrated his 60th birthday together with his old friend Steven,
who turned 60 two weeks earlier
and P’s birthday party was in Belgium with Ricky and Dolf.
But 4 weeks later JW's
father took a turn for the worse and with a
perfect sense of timing he died peacefully in his sleep six days before our
return flight was scheduled; the cremation was on the day prior to our
When you are often abroad
in most cases you'll be too late.
We've had the privilege
of spending a lot of time with JW's father and being able to support him and
JW's mum in this difficult last period of his life.
We now have returned to Suriname to warm up and by the end of April we'll
fly to Trinidad again and resume our plan with Witte Raaf.