The wind last night kept us all awake and this morning sees people frantically laying down more anchor chain to keep their moored boats off the rocks, Sylvian coping calmly with a total electricity black-out by sharing his generator so we can drink coffee.
Who is Sylvian? Why, he runs the ice cream emporium with his lovely partner Ans. It is a paradise of camomile tea, all sorts of coffee, delicious muffins and pastries, but mostly home-made ice cream in 25 different flavours at the last count.
While everyone else has no broadband, I sit here with warm winds of terrifying strength bringing smells of Casablanca to my keyboard and I send them on to you.
Cartoon by Jill Dickin Shinas.
A visitor to the island recently wrote…..
“Sylvain is a crazy French guy who first set foot on a boat the day he bought one. Having successfully navigated as far as La Gomera (Canary Islands) he decided to take some time out from his voyage and spend a few years running an ice cream shop. For reasons which are not entirely clear, the shop is called “El Sueño de Yanini” (a sueño being a dream, and Yanini being the village drunk).
If you happen to find yourself in Valle Gran Rey be sure to drop in and sample Sylvain’s home-made chocolate or strawberry ice-cream, or try the passion-fruit and mango sorbets which are made from the fruit of his own trees.
Sylvain is keen to keep in contact with other cruising folk, and to encourage us to drop by he has installed a wifi antenna. So, if you pop the laptop in a bag and take it with you, you can sit on the terrace enjoying a raspberry ripple, and keep in touch with the rest of the world.”
Anthony is elsewhere giving a radio interview to BFBS radio. I should go and see how he’s getting on.
Come back soon…..