Living on an Island
Caribbean house
St Martin

For all of you who spend holidays visiting islands some among you may dream what it would be like to live on an island year-round. Growing up on Long Island (NY) I never considered that living on an island! No, I wanted the Peter Pan island with tropical forests, mountain roads and cascading waterfalls. I eventually got my first taste of that reality when I flew into the island of Dominica one early afternoon. You see, this island is so mountainous that they still to this day don’t have an airport to land commercial jet planes so most transport is by the smaller prop planes. That in its self provides an awe inspiring decent into an island. Eventually I did move to St Maarten, Netherland Antilles and spent 4 years “living on the rock”. Of course I had to work a full time job and survive the high cost of living island life (and the distance from my family which was the eventual reason for my return.)

I recently came across a delightful site with stories by woman living on islands, some from birth and some as expats. These stories range from the delightful day-to-day episodes to the heart breaking accounts of living through hurricanes and the aftermath. Check it out at  Women who live on rocks.

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Dreaming of Nantucket? This is a great summer read for you!
"The ocean, the wild roses on the dunes and the stunning Cliff House, perched atop a bluff in Sconset, Nantucket. Inside the faded pages of the Cliff House guest book live the spellbinding stories of its female inhabitants: from Ruby, a bright-eyed newlywed on the eve of World War II to her granddaughter Bess, who returns to the beautiful summer estate. 

For the first time in four years, physician Bess Codman visits the compound her great-grandparents built almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Bess must now put aside her complicated memories in order to pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave."(Amazon.com)



With all good historical fiction, Michelle Gable blends fiction with reality. In this story the Cliff House along with its owners is totally fictional but the 'real life' Sconset Bluff  where it's located exists and has been truly eroding since the 1970's. You will find reminiscent references to both island locations and island life as you immerse yourself in the personal memoires of the current day owners and vicariously live decades of life on Baxter Road.

photo by George Riethof
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The Simple Bus Life - Living on St Thomas USVI
Amanda and Joe are "tiny living" in their Vallhala in the tropics!

Tiny houses are usually built on trailer platforms. Typically, they are between a hundred and a hundred and thirty square feet, roughly the size of a covered wagon! Kent Griswold, who eleven years ago began Tiny House Blog, said that initially he “really had to scrounge to find material.” Now he can’t keep up. People send me stuff constantly. It’s all across the country.” Well, we discovered a tiny house built into an old school bus and "parked" on the Caribbean island St Thomas USVI!!

 

Amanda and Joe Trattner are regular folk from Connecticut and Chicago. Amanda had the opportunity to visit an uncle in St Thomas during summer breaks and she was taken with the simple natural aspects of the way that people lived in the islands and believed you don't actually need a whole lot to be happy After college the island life kept calling so Amanda moved to St Thomas, met and fell in love with Joe, they found a 1968 Crown Super Coach bus on ebay in Illinois, purchased a half acre of St Thomas overlooking Meagans Bay and embarked on “tiny house” living!

 

Check out their delightful blog: The Simple Bus Life .