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LSSC Caribbean tour: Day 7

Sadly, day seven was the last full one in Tobago, so a number of us took the chance to see a bit of the island’s very different Atlantic coast. The final destination was the small town of Speyside and its assorted islands. A splendid meal there featured breadfruit pie, and it’s surprising that the dish doesn’t appear more often – these things literally grow on trees here, you know. First camera incident of the day occurred at Speyside, Gary Speedtwin relieved to find his property just where he had accidentally left it an hour earlier.

On, then, to the Argyll Falls where Dickie managed to lose both camera and phone in a deep and murky pool at the bottom of the waterfall: heroic retrieval of the waterproof packet by The Wath saved the day. At Argyll we were privileged to see a hummingbird in action. As the creature’s manoeuvres became more complex, Alison, our guide, observed “ah, him jus’ showin’ off now!” Alison was also enchanted by little Lana Buaklee-Jones who has now usurped Milly as our youngest member.

Almost finally to the grand buffet at The Toucan, and fond farewells to those who only booked up to the Tobagonian (yes, that’s the right word) leg of the trip. ‘Almost finally’ because, although the Toucan has been a great base, more serious recreation takes place at Biggs’ Hotspot Bar. This once more became Diane’s Disco (MC Pete Berkeley) until the small hours. Thanks all round for Diane’s hospitality throughout, rewarded by the gift of an SFC shirt from Reg.

An injury update just before we leaveTobago. Gary Speedtwin had to retire from the Legends game with a damaged thumb that was further aggravated during a transfer at Speyside (the boat trip that health & safety forgot), but all is now OK again. Dave Nanton injured his hand in game one but continued with varying degrees of complaint until seeking hospital treatment on Monday, happily getting the all clear for Trinidad. Most serious case was umpire Nick Head who received little sympathy for his sunburnt feet, but the damaged knee caused saving Reg from spider, snake or alligator attack (depending on time of story) had been getting worse. Eventually hospitalisation was called for, and has finally enabled Nick to be mobile again – just in time for departure to Trinidad!

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