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A Sweet Return to Anguilla, Pt. 6: Little Bit O' Sweet Love

The next day we decided to do a little sightseeing on our way to Shoal Bay East.

Translation: I'm going to chase around a bunch of goats and buy $300 worth of Anguilla magnets on our way to Shoal Bay East.

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Raise your hand if you thought it was the goat...

Our first stop was at Irie Life, a brightly-colored shop overlooking Sandy Ground.

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Here, we loaded up on t-shirts, key chains, license plates, bumper stickers, magnets, and baseball caps. I get the feeling that if Irie Life sold used gum wrappers with the letters "AXA" stamped on them, we'd probably buy them, too.

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Then it was off to the Sandy Ground roundabout for a combination rodeo/episode of "When Animals Attack."

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At least they smiled pretty for the camera.

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We passed through The Valley, then headed north toward Shoal Bay Village.

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Only in Anguilla would we pull off to the side of the road in order to admire a chain-link fence studded with old license plates.

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Our journey took us past Wallblake House, a former plantation whose sad history includes the use of slave labor to harvest sugar and cotton.

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We also passed a few local churches, whose sad history includes keeping people from sleeping in on Sundays.

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We decided on lunch at Elodia's, a colorful spot at the end of Shoal Bay near "the point."

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The day was hot and humid, so we stuck to a quick lunch of turkey sandwiches at Elodia's, allowing us to maximize our soak time.

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Of course, there are other ways to cool off, too.

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Elodia's rum punches are quite tasty, and while ordering a second round Angel said as much to the bartender and asked what was in it. Her brown eyes sparkled and she smiled. "Oh, just a little bit o' sweet love!" she chuckled.

We hung around as the beach emptied, enjoying a last rum punch before Elodia's closed up shop.

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If we'd had a little bit o' sweet love at Elodia's, we were in for a whole lot o' sweet love that evening for dinner.

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Though I'm not sure "love" is a strong enough word to convey my feelings for the FBI cheeseburger.

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It was Wing Night, but because I hate the smell of Tobasco, Angel is always kind enough to order his wings for dessert, so the smell won't interfere with my celebration of FBI Monday.

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He even eats them at the bar so I can bask in the burger after-glow.

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Not that he has any ulterior motives, of course.

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Posted by TraceyG 05:51 Archived in Anguilla Tagged goats ferryboat_inn irie_life elodias march_4 sandy_ground

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Keep 'em coming Tracey!

by mary

Seriously Tracey, my wife just wants to know if you go back into the bushes to throw up those big meals, but she is just jealous of your trim figure. Now your hubby is looking like "Arnold," what gives. Now we have to leave Anguilla on a guilt trip to go home and rejoin our gym. Keep em coming!

by Jim Williams

Always look forward to your posts. Love your narrations, beautiful pictures, and clothes. They are so colorful. Looking forward to the next one.

by Marge

Your photos of Elodia's and Shoal Bay are beyond beautiful.... As a person who lives here 5 months of the year, and spends most of my afternoons on Shoal Bay in front of Elodia's..... you do a spectacular job of making the beach bar look 1st class... By the way, I'm sure it was the lovely Carol who make your rum punch... she's the best!

by Buffy Alten

Just sayin' ..... Your blog posts are sooooo much fun! Don't know what you do as a daytime job, but this could be a calling! I agree that the foto with 2 gals in the water at shoal bay are cover-brochure-worthy! In fact, how about for my brochure?! I'd be willing to pay a pretty EC penny for that one. ;-) Would love to hear back from you Tracey....from one Axa-lover to another! (I agree on the FBI fixins too)

by Robin

Tracey,
The Shoal Bay pictures were better than postcards!
And speaking of your clothes, you have like the greatest collection of suits and cover ups ever. You are always coordinated. As always, your posts make my day!

by Toni

Loved it all! Those goats were everywhere in Nov., caused a big traffic jam at the North Hill fruit stand as they would not get off the road.
Your pictures are so beautiful, they are just stunning. I love seeing that clear blue water.
Thanks for another great post Tracey.

by EllenLV

I would love to know what kind of camera you typically travel with? Your photos are always beautiful and crystal clear. I'm in the market to purchase a new camera, but want something small/light weight that's easy to travel with but still takes amazing photos.

by Amber

My wife & I have been going to AXA since 1993. We feel certain that our girl friend Carol made your delicious Rum Punches @ Elodias.
Your blog is great.
Can't wait till our Summer trip at the end of July.

by George Sutton

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