Saturday, January 29, 2011

Discover SCUBA Diving............

Have you ever wonder what it is like to breathe under water?

At Small Hope we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience SCUBA DIVING..

As part of our All Inclusive rates we offer every guest the chance to do a FREE discover scuba lesson.
A discover scuba lesson is a great way to try diving for the first time and see if you like it.

You will get to experience how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and it is an easy introduction for exploring the underwater world!

Lessons are set up as requested, whether there is 1 or 10 people interested! Pin It Now!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Return Guest.................

We recently had some returnee guest who has been coming to Small Hope for over twelve years. It was good planning on all party’s part that they got to meet up this year for a few days. To catch up at Small Hope were they all  first meet.

Lisa & Jim, who are both keen dives, enjoyed being back in the water with new and old dive masters. Jim also enjoy a few afternoons of bone fishing with Giles.

Giles, Paula and Alex arrive next. Alex has been an intern here the last two summers. Alex is a keen diver and this summer enjoy the diving while only having to intern for part of his summer. Giles is a mad keen fisherman who comes to Small Hope both for the diving and the bone fishing. Paula is a diver and also enjoys the relax atmosphere that is Small Hope.

Dan, Cynthia & Casey are all divers. Casey started coming here when she was just 3, she is now 13. Casey learnt to dive at Small Hope and also enjoys the chance to relax. Dan and Cynthia are both divers and take this opportunity to enjoy some diving and good conversation with other guest.

It was great to see all them together and reminisce about times gone by and how when coming back to Small Hope it is like returning home as everything is familiar and just as you let it.

Lisa, Jim Winchester KY, Giles, Paula, Alex United Kingdom, Dan, Cynthia & Casey San Francisco CA
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Birding Small Hope Bay Lodge & surrounding area...........

Beginner birders ,
 Andros has something to spark your interest!

To the advantage of beginner birders, Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island offers  a modest number of bird species. The perfect way to start your birding experience. We have here on Andros,  65 permanent residents and 110 that migrate here. Therefore, you will not be overwhelmed and after 3-4 days you can leave here knowing all the bird species well.

Places to Bird:
Small Hope Bay Lodge
Calabash Bay beach
Sunset Road
Dick’s Crossing
Captain Bill’s Blue Hole
Lighthouse Club
Marina Area

We have a range of maps in the office to help you find your way to the perfect bird watching location. Pin It Now!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mmmmm Fudge Cake

Cocoa fudge cake
Always  a favourite

1 2/3 cup flour
1 ½ cup sugar
2/3-cup cocoa
1 /2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cup buttermilk
½ cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate icing

Heat oven to 350 . Grease and flour rectangular pan 13*9*2, 2 round pans 8 or 9*1 ½, or 12-cup bundth(cake pan with hole in middle) cake pan. Beat all ingredients except frosting in large mixer bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 3 minutes. Pour into pan(s). Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, rectangular 35-40 minutes, layers 30-35mins, Bundth(cake pan with hole in middle) cake 40-45 minutes. Cool layers or bundth cake 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cool completely. Ice rectangular or fill and ice layers with the icing. You may sprinkle with powdered sugar. Pin It Now!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Captain Bill's Blue Hole Clean Up

Sacks removed from Captain Bill's Blue Hole on Friday December 10th, 

Bottles 5 .5
Cans 7.5

Other things: 
Floating bed
2 Rubber tyre's
1 Sandbag
1 Sunglasses
1 Pair shorts
1 Scuba mask

Divers on the day were from Andros Conservancy and Trust, Small Hope Bay Lodge, and Forfar field Station.
Special thanks to Russell from Andros Island Divers for the laon of mesh and lift bags.
Also thanks to Miko Thompson of Bahamas National Trust, Felix Bowleg and Patrick Newton for helping on land
This was made possible due to a Community Grant given to Ancat from the Royal Bank of Canada.

This dive was successful because it was agreed amongst the divers that the 30 to 50 feet depths is now clear of trash, the divers have decided that a further dive needs to be carried out to take up the debris from the 70-90 feet depths, this will occur sometime in the New Year.

Check out the link to the clean up video 

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The dogs of Small Hope Bay Lodge.................

Guest services goes beyond the human staff at Small Hope. Small Hope’s two resident dogs, Rex and Sarah, like to chip in now and then as running companion or beach tour guides. One afternoon last week we became the first guests to test their river guiding skills.

Rex leading the way

Sara guiding the way

As we entered Davis Creek for a kayak paddle, we were met by both dogs as they enjoyed racing across the flooded sand bars. Soon though, it was all business for Rex as he decided it was his job to guide us up Davis Creek, swimming ahead of the kayak. Rex and Sarah earned a special dinner treat for creating such a fun experience and ensuring we did not get lost in the mangroves.

Mark & Barbara
Marshfield, MA

Mark, dive master Joe and Barbara

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