I finally caught up on sleep over the night. The anchorage was relatively calm and I slept through the night for 10 hours and feel refreshed this morning. I attempted to access the internet with no luck, but did some necessary editing to the website while drinking my morning coffee. I put out some bread dough to rise, but that future loaf of bread doesn't want to cooperate as it is sitting there doing a very good impersonation of an inanimate object. I wonder if the 5°C fridge temperature was too low and killed off the yeast rather than put it into hibernation as I'd expected. I'll give it another hour and then plop it into the oven since I'm feeling more than a little peckish today.
Well, I've been editing pages on the website for an hour and the bread has still shown very little inclination to rise again, but I don't wish to wait any longer and have fired up the generator and am going to preheat the oven and bake some bread in time for lunch rather than breakfast. I've finally started working on the Zanshin modification pages as I realized that they have been “under construction” for almost two years - mainly due to my forgetting all about them. The website has grown over time - over 5700 pictures and 680 .php format web pages in total.
While the finished bread cooled off I headed ashore with the notebook to catch up on my e-mails and upload the recent changes to the website. As befits France at noon on a Sunday everything was closed and shuttered. Luckily, Max's Place had their internet turned on so I did the necessary (those unfamiliar with Indians speaking English can Google the expression) and have returned to the and taken my first bite out of the bread. It turns out that it had risen enough to make a tasty but heavy loaf and I've now had two slices with butter. I'll slice up an egg I boiled earlier and make another bit of brunch in a bit.
I'm in a bit of a quandary as to what to do with the rest of the day today. I could do a “quickie” dive at either Creole Rock or Turtle Reef and then go ashore tonight for the happy hour Rock & Roll music at Le Zen IT or I could weigh anchor and head off to Marigot for the night and be in place to finish my shopping tomorrow (spare impeller and DB9 female connectors) and clear out of St. Martin for my next destination. That next destination might be Saba, St. Eustatius or perhaps St. Barths, depending upon the wind and wave reports that I'll get just before clearing out.
I went ashore at 17:30 to listen to Rock's United at Zen IT and enjoyed the first two sets before returning to the boat and having the remaining two Merguez sausages for dinner. I then lounged around the cockpit and was wondering what I should do about the catamaran that had anchored a bit too close. I wasn't sure if I should ask them to move or if I should let out another 50 feet of chain and in the end got overcome by tiredness and fell asleep without doing anything. (I'm writing this the morning after and it seems that they re-anchored during the night).

Anchor rode bar taut The anchor rode takes up the force from a gust of wind in Grand Case. Seconds before the chain was hanging straight down but the hills surrounding the anchor can generate some pretty impressive short gusts.
(2014-02-16 09:27:58 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Anchor rode bar taut
Bread not rising 1 This dough was taken out of the fridge and, even after 2 hours, doesn't want to rise but I'll bake it anyway.
(2014-02-16 10:55:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Bread not rising 1
Dough not rising 2 Despite not having risen on the second prove, this bread turned out to be tasty (but dense). There was enough air from the first rise to give it texture and flavour.
(2014-02-16 11:43:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/60s] ISO 100)
Dough not rising 2
Three beat-up dinghies 3 beat-up looking dinghies at the dock in Grand Case. The middle one is Zanshin's and part of the looks are intentional to make it look less attractive to potential thieves.
(2014-02-16 12:39:05 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Three beat-up dinghies
Grand Case anchorage from ashore Zanshin to the distant far left of the picture and some other boats including a huge grey catamaran and an elegant Oyster on the right with that typical eyebrow.
(2014-02-16 12:37:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Grand Case anchorage from ashore
Grand Case main street The main street on the northern end of Grand Case with Octopus Diving store visible in the distance.
(2014-02-16 12:34:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Grand Case main street
Grand Case Salt Mill Rusty old 2-grinder salt mill in Grand Case
(2014-02-16 12:35:53 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Grand Case Salt Mill
Old Salt Mill in Grand Case The old salt mill from Grand Case, St. Martin on exhibit on the town's main street.
(2014-02-16 12:35:24 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Old Salt Mill in Grand Case
Calmos Cafe from the street The front of Calmos Cafe with just a narrow entrance to the right. I think I ought to get a T-Shirt before I leave.
(2014-02-16 12:34:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Calmos Cafe from the street
Cleaning water filters Spectra watermaker prefilters soaking in soapy water in the hopes that they can be re-used.
(2014-02-16 16:03:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Cleaning water filters
Kids having fun Kids being towed around the anchorage.
(2014-02-16 16:07:02 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/800s] ISO 100)
Kids having fun
ZZ Top impression Another guitar solo, this time for ZZ Top
(2014-02-16 17:25:09 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/250s] ISO 400)
ZZ Top impression
Sign outside of Zen IT on Sundays Sign outside of Zen IT on Sundays
(2014-02-16 17:21:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Sign outside of Zen IT on Sundays
Rock's United Stevie Ray Vaughn solo by Rock's United
(2014-02-16 17:48:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 400)
Rock's United
Young fan swarming the stage A young fan fascinated by the music and antics on stage.
(2014-02-16 17:35:03 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 400)
Young fan swarming the stage
Dancing to Rock & Roll Young fan dancing to Rock's United
(2014-02-16 17:44:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 400)
Dancing to Rock & Roll
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