Can you believe we're a whole month into the New Year already?! As one gets older the sands of time slip through our fingers faster and faster. Like many people we had a dry January, and I don’t mean we just stuck to dry cider, dry gin and dry white wine, I mean we didn't get a single drop of rain but it has been slightly cooler than usual, especially at night. Really pleasant,; I think we put on the fan in the bedroom half a dozen times and then woke a 4 am feeling chilly. Let's see what February brings, a little rain would not go amiss, but unlikely.
The school half terms are in February, so we're looking forward to busy spell and seeing lots of familiar faces: families, some old friends and some new faces. The water is lovely, clear, warm and clean. We will be on the beach tomorrow evening toasting the full moon, no doubt moved by its majesty and reflecting on how we really must make a start on our New Year’s resolutions. Drink less, lose weight, get a better handicap, swim in the sea more often and enjoy the coral and the reef fish which have started coming back to the coral gardens. We have a conservation project in conjunction with the local fishermen where not only are we protecting the area but we have planted sea weeds and soft coral to encourage Nimo and his buddies back.
From February, we should start to see the female turtles coming out of the water to build their nests and lay their eggs. The massive female green turtle can grow up to a meter long and weigh in at as much as 300 kgs. They may migrate vast distances to come and lay their eggs on Sand Island Beach. A green Turtle will often return to the same beach at which she was born to lay. She will lay anywhere between 100 and 180 eggs and they will take between 60 and 80 days to incubate. The turtles build nest and lay their eggs between February and June and the nests start to hatch from May through to August.
So there are exciting times ahead for our guests at Sand Island Beach. Come see us!