Susan: I grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, married and moved away for a time, returned, remarried and lived the last 25 years in Rhode Island where I raised a son, earned a Masters degree, gardened and taught in a vocational high school. I moved to Anguilla full time this past August.
Currently, I teach writing classes online for a community college in Massachusetts, a job which allows me flexibility and satisfaction. Before now, I taught for many years in high school and community college the old-fashion way - in the classroom!
I have been living full-time in Anguilla for about 8 months, but I had vacationed here for over 20 years. So,I am very familiar with this island, its people and customs.
I enjoy cooking and entertaining, as does Ambrose. We are both excited about this new venture.
I enjoy the simple pleasures of life: good food, good friends, good movies, books, conversation and music, a sunny beach. I have always enjoyed singing with a choir - especially sacred classical music. Alas, Anguilla has no such choir. While I have traveled in my past life, I am content at this time to stay put on Anguilla with a yearly trip stateside to see my son in San Francisco, my sisters and my American friends who may not be able to visit me here, and just get off island for a bit.
I look forward to meeting all those who choose to stay at 100% Local. I think it will be a mutually satisfying experience.
Ambrose: I am a native Anguillan. When I was 15, I left Anguilla on a boat and spent the next five years in Puerto Rico where I learned to speak Spanish. At 21 I moved to St Martin and lived there for 23 years raising my 3 children and working in some of the finer restaurants as a bartender and maitre'd. I've been back on Anguilla since 1994 working all over the island in most of the restaurants in many capacities, once as a chef but mostly as a bartender and maitre'd.. It is in the restaurants of St. Martin and Anguilla where I Iearned enough about cooking to feel very comfortable in the kitchen cooking for others and serving them a meal that has been carefully prepared. This gives me great satisfaction. Actually, I did a lot of cooking in my teen years on board boats and as a child helping to raise myself and my brothers. I don't think there's anyone who knows more about authentic West Indian food and how to make a little go a long way.
Restaurant work and cooking aside, I have always had a passion for fishing, free diving and gardening. I made a living for a time just growing and selling fresh herbs.
Recently, I've returned to the soil, and I'm pleased that I grow most of the herbs I use in my home cooking. Likewise, I catch and then cook the fish that Susan and I eat including lobsters and crayfish, an Anguillan favorite. While you are staying with us, I'd like to take you out on our boat so you can fish yourself or just be out on the water.
I think of myself as a hard-working, friendly person who finds pleasure in everything I do: fishing, gardening, cooking, socializing with friends, playing dominoes (the favorite pasttime of Anguilla) and, of course, dancing. I love meeting folks new to the island, showing them around, and telling stories about the Anguillan "revolution" and what it was like to grow up here.
Because most first-time visitors to Anguilla return time and time again, I have made many lasting friendships over the years. I hope that continues as Susan and I open our home to all of you.