When I speak to people who visit us here at Cocoplum, I inevitably come around to the abstract topic of ‘quality of life’. I point out how quiet and peaceful it is, how few cars pass in front of what could be their future home, and how if they didn’t live here full time, there would be no need to hire a caretaker. There is the amazing landscaping, and the knowledge that your immediate neighbour will never be a bar or a gas station. There is also the comfort of 24/7 on site security. However, as positive as these points all are, they fall short of truly expressing the everyday joys of living at Cocoplum.
Standing on the beach before the seemingly endless expanse of the Caribbean sea, I fill my lungs with a breath of fresh, salty sea air. The early morning sun is gentle, and a swim in the ocean is a great way to start the day. Not only do you get an invigorating full body workout, but you have a chance to take in some of the sights just below the waves here. A plethora of marine life calls the water in front of Cocoplum home: schools of mullet, sprat, small crabs, permit and the occasional manatee make forays into the water more than just a workout.
A leisurely stroll in the evening is not without its own brand of magic. For my hound Coral, it’s the most exciting time of day, as she scampers back and forth in search of interesting scents. It is not uncommon at this time of day to see an agouti, locally known as ‘bushrabbit’ or grey foxes darting across the pavement. For my lovely, very pregnant wife, evening walks double as opportunities to harvest some of the seemingly endless bounty of cashew fruit, cocoplum, seagrape and coconuts. She makes me carry the coconuts, while she indulges in the subtle flavours of the other fruits.
As we make our way back toward our home, we pass a pair of residents casting fishing lines into one of the interior lagoons. They have hopes pinned on catching gray snapper, snook, jack or even a small grouper. Once back at home, nightfall greets us with a cool breeze passing through the house. Sleep comes easily to the sound of the wind and waves breaking on the shore.
Article contributed by Aaron Krohn.
Photo by Graham Berrie.