You’re always in our
thoughts, even though we’ve not spoken for a while, as work is keeping us hopping.
It was a fitting finale to the year’s
end, seeing the New Year in by having some quiet reflective time. Celebrating the wonderment of the past year and with
excitement looking forward to the coming year. Most of all the gratitude we feel towards people who have touched our
lives in the past year. Where better to celebrate, than where we love being most….. in our creative haven. That’s were
we spend countless happy hours, doing what we love most. And the celebratory meal? A very simple meal of Lobster,
grilled to perfection, served with chilled crisp Rosé, which was a suitably pleasant match.
We all know how special St Martin/St Maarten is. A discovery that many make. More and more private planes arrive
throughout the season. The arrival figures at Princess Juliana
Airport have increased too. You’ve got to admit that this is paradise….a beach walk or swim to start the day – just the
right concoction to make creative juices flow.
Simpson Bay beach Private
aircraft packed like sardines
In our last
newsletter I mentioned that Hans was doing a lot of gem cutting, particularly Tourmaline. One of our specialities, is to
create a jewelry piece from beginning to finish including the gem cutting and setting.
Tourmalines cut by Hans
Bright Spring Colours
These rings and our latest jewelry
designs can be viewed on - Page 1 and
of our o(31) 646 77 6214ine catalog.
St Maarten celebrated Easter in an alternative manner. This year a
best dressed dog with bonnet /dog walk fundraiser was held. Mr. and Mrs. Greene were so kind to supply the picture.
Photo: Mr. Bill Greene
Too adorable for words……
Easter went by in a blur, particularly so when we received a surprise
visit from our 22 year old nephew, who lives in Perth, Australia. He was on his way to Grenada to watch the World
Cricket Cup. For such a major tournament, St Maarten was relatively unaffected by the all the hype. As a matter of fact
we would’ve been none the wiser, if it weren’t for a few staunch cricket supporters hanging out at the sports bar.
much bigger hype besetting our island was the election, which was followed by carnival. Flags and election posters lined
the streets all over the Dutch side. Many volunteers were tasked to put up these posters.
This was an important election in each of the five islands of the
Netherlands Antilles. The newly elected councilor’s will take St Maarten into it’s new status as Country within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands in December 08. That step will effectively disband the Netherlands Antilles. Mrs. Wescott-Williams
fought an intense election campaign, despite the recent passing of her husband. The leader, Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams
and her ruling DP party won the elections, thereby ensuring that they will lead St Maarten into new territory.
This is such an historical event for the island. For years the St Maartener’s have been trying to sever ties with
Curaçao. Makes one think of the past and the future. Here is an interesting video clip on that subject supplied by St
Maarten Private Eye -
St. Maarten -
Past, present and future
Reports from the art scene
is that famous St Martin Painter, Roland Richardson unveiled his new collection. His permanent exhibit can be viewed at
his gallery in Rue de la Republique, Marigot.
And for a happy ending story from the friendly island. Ms. Mair
Patterson is another acclaimed painter, who usually exhibits her work on Harmony nights in Grand Case and Art in the
park. In packing up her art work, she forgot two of her larger sized original paintings that were hanging in her booth.
A heartfelt plea of hers appeared in the newspaper the following Monday. Turns out that Mr. Albert Loney, an employee
from the Presidente (beer) Company, was Mair’s saviour and good Samaritan, that saved the day, by carefully packing the
paintings and returning them to the rightful (and relieved) owner. Big smiles were seen everywhere.
ended in April and will resume end of December again
The other evening we got invited on a private yacht for
cocktail drinks. This was a new experience for us and most enjoyable we might add. Most will be impressed with the
opulence of the cabins. Being technically minded, we much preferred the impressive fly bridge and the massive engine
room – wow!
The impressive fly bridge and engine room of a yacht.
Never a dull moment in paradise!!!!!
This is a very special
weekend. We want to wish all mother’s a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. This bouquet comes from us and Popcorn, our
Best wishes from
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