About Us

Women Who Live on Rocks is the illegitimate love child of Chrissann and Baldrick’s brains on paddleboards. On one particularly typical afternoon, we had decided to go for one of our “rant n’ paddle” sessions (the island woman’s walking equivalent) and were bemused by the state of affairs on a neighbor’s dock. They had set out a couple of owl statues (which, admittedly, did look slightly menacing in their plastic realism) in the hopes of deterring the very scene playing out before our eyes – a gang of seagulls and pelicans had set-up camp and proceeded to mess the once-clean dock with the unique staining power of their silvery white, eau de fish guts  droppings.

seagulls_WWLOR

After having a much needed laugh at their expense, the subject of the afternoon’s paddle quickly turned to the absurdity that surrounds us every damn day here in “paradise”. We decided that this ridiculous little spectacle pretty much sums up life in the islands – your best laid plans tend to get pooed on. And so our lady-site was born.

Why do we call our islands “ROCKS”, you ask?

The islands we all reside on are in fact, both literally and geologically-speaking, rocks. Most tropical islands are volcanic in origin, rising out of the sea into the landmasses we call home. Living here, you will hear the word rock  haphazardly integrated into a variety of terms such as “rock city” (the island itself) and “rock fever” (a stir-crazy affliction only cured with time off your rock of residence), among others.

Chrissann's cucumber_WWLOR

* AUTHORS’ NOTE *

At times, our stories may be hard to believe but alas, they are all true. Unless we tell you they are fictional. But otherwise, we promise to capture our world with as much accuracy as our salty memories will allow. However, it is important to note that some names and identifying features of people, places, and businesses have been changed throughout this blog in an effort to preserve the anonymity of those who may wish to not be seen in the light we shed upon them.


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17 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Just ran into your site and of course can relate to life experiences on ‘the rock’ (although mine is the French side of St. Martin). My experience comes from purchasing a lot in 1996 after the devastating hurricane, and proceeding to personally design and construct a substantial Villa here in the Terres Basses section. French bureaucracy in a 3rd world reality is an experience unique unto itself. Roughly 40 containers and 3 years later I was 96% complete. Not to outdo myself in the thrills of Island living, I ascended to the Presidency of the region (Syndicale de Terres Basses) to sort out paving of our roads, street lighting, administration, massive litigation, security, and the typical historic mismanagement. With 330 plus one hectare lots, conflicting agendas. the regions sewer plant (residing on our property without any authorization) La Samana Hotel interests, and 50% French owners with property values ranging from 500K to 15MM this is a prescription for Civil War. At any rate after 5 years of active duty results were substantially obtained although the legacy of insanity will continue ad infinitum. The Island Fantasy/Fantasy Island is alive and well here as well as in the BVI’s as I am sure. I balance my sanity with 6 months here and the rest in the States and elsewhere. Your antecedents are too close to home – possibly I will share some at a future date. best Thomas DART #557 Anse Acajoux

    • Wow, that sounds like quite the experience, Thomas! I’m sure you could write a book with all the comedic stories you’ve no doubt collected over the years. Thanks for sharing, so glad you found us. 🙂

  2. Have been to St Johns a few times. Would really like to move there soon.
    Can you ladies help me with some ideas of how to do this? I know someone who lives there.

  3. Thank you, thank you. After just over six years in Fiji I can relate to 99% of your stories and you give me lot’s of laughter and understanding nods… Love it!

  4. Just stumbled upon your website/blog, and oh my gosh your stories and life ring so true, made me laugh so much, we live in Mahe in the Seychelles, been here 18 months. sometimes i think i’m going mad with some of the experiences i have here, and when i relay the stories back to my family in Australia, they just smile and nod, i’m sure they think i make up half this stuff.
    Thank you for your honesty and humour. 🙂

  5. Hi ladies!

    My name is Jess and I’m a journalist and podcast producer at BreakThru Radio, a multi-media platform covering independent news. One of the podcasts I host is called Biology of the Blog and revolves around interviewing awesome bloggers (such as yourselves!) every week on the show. I’m wondering if one of you might be willing to come on air as a guest speaker in the next couple weeks and chat about Women Who Live On Rocks?

    The interview is not done live (don’t worry), so I can edit out any verbal pauses. I’ve found the best medium is Skype (mine) to phone (yours), and can give you a call from our studio.

    If this sounds like something one of you would be interested in, please send me a reply along with some idea of availability over the next week or so and we can figure out more details.

    Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

    Warmly,

    Jess Goulart

  6. Hi!
    just wondering what do expats from the USA do about health insurance if they want to retire early and are too young for Medicare? We hope to not have to wait till 65…ugh! As SCUBA divers we are members of DAN.

    Looking forward to your posts!

    Helen
    bractime.com

    • I think it depends on the person and the territory they’re residing in. Some islands offer health insurance for low rates, though you have to be comfortable receiving care there. Some expats use expat insurance, which is super expensive… Glad you found us, happy to connect!

  7. Love the stories here…and yes, I can relate and just burst out laughing to most of them growing up and living in Fiji and also being an I-taukei (indigenous) myself. A great sense of humor and finding the lighter side of things is one way to overcome the obstacles of island living…looking forward to reading more..

  8. Hi Chrissann
    I met your sister Lorie at Dewayne and Dawns home a few days ago. My darling bride Pam abd I live across the street. She and Kevin were here in Sacramento for a combo 4th of July and family get-together re: Dawns stepfather’s passing.
    That was a mouthful.
    Lorie told me about you and your site. I’m a rock guy without a rock, but I am determined to take possession if the bullet shaped rock outside of Megan’s Bay, somehow someway someday.
    Anyway, I signed up to read vicariously from afar. Just joined. I think its wonderful. What fun!
    I have a question about your rock and previous rock. Just curiosity. I have spent many months island hopping and staying at my favorite beach house at the Bitter End.
    I thinkvi misunderstood Lorie regarding which rock you first lived on and where on Gorda you are now perched?
    I think I confused Saba Rock with wherever your first rock is. Can you clarify those for me?
    Again, just curious.
    We are talking about making plans for a group excursion to the BVI’s collectively in the nearer future. I’m sure Lorie will keep you informed. I will be looking forward to coming back. I need a conch fritter and a rum punch very much.
    Charlie Baker
    8441 Anthemis Ct.
    Elk Grove CA 95624
    (916) 689-0550

    • Hi Charlie, Thanks for the note, glad you found the site! I lived on St Thomas for almost 3 years, Saba Rock for 5 years, and Virgin Gorda (now) for 3 years. Best wishes on the upcoming trip (and eventual move to your rock!). 😉

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