SO, big day. left Portsmouth at 8:30 am and everything went so well that we were home by 2. Our agenda was to pick up 15 pink grapefruit trees at the Botanical Garden, Department of Agriculture to plant at McDowell's farm in Destiny, go to shipping agent in Roseau, go to McD's lawyer to pick up some papers and deliver some papers, go to 4D, the agriculture superstore (I love it there), then to the Port to pick up the barrel which had set sail 4 weeks ago.
We were in a rickety pick up truck driven by a man called Stalin. I asked McD about the name and told him that Stalin was a tyrant, McD said he guessed his mother didn't know that! But Stalin, a quiet, gentle man and was only going to charge $150 ec for the day, and he is a friend of McD's, so why not!. He drove slowly and well. McD jammed himself in the back of the cab. He slept the whole way there (and back). I, as usual, white knuckled it the whole way.
Our first Stop was at the Botanical Garden, Department of Ag. Of course we couldn't get the trees because the quarantine officer wasn't there to release them. That's OK, we ordered 5 tangerine and 5 lime along with the 15 pink grapefruit, and they will call us when they are ready.
Next stop - the shipping agent - on a very busy one way street. We found a good parking spot. We were quickly in and out and it only cost $35ec. Next stop was 4D, the Agriculture Superstore. They had everything except a hanging scale McD wanted to weigh his bunches of plantain and bananas. We bought fertilizer for the trees we didn't have, and ant poison for the invasion in my apartment.
Finally, the Port to pick up the barrel . No problem. All went smoothly. But here's the story of the day.
Anthony had packed the barrel in Ottawa, and he did a smart job. It is a big deep barrel. Art supplies and pots and pans were immediately visible as soon as the customs officer opened the barrel and peered inside. What he saw next was a box that said ROLAND GUITAR AMPLIFIER and he dove for it, probably thinking he hit the jack pot. He opened it and found more art paint, little canvasses, brushes and crocheting. He snorted in disgust, closed the barrel without going any further and only charged me $85ec for the lot.
Yes, indeed the lovely little Roland amplifier was in there, hidden in a doudy, brown cardboard box at the bottom of the barrel.
MCD thinks Anthony is a genius and laughed out loud when I brought the amplifier out. He is bragging to all about how Anthony fooled the customs and cheated them out of who knows what they would have charged! He plugged the amplifier in right away and it burst into song! Wonderful.