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We’re off to Man O’ War’s annual flea market – to raise $$$ for its primary school.  We leave early in the Froggie’s boat for the four mile trip to the next cay north.

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Hundreds of people from all over Abaco descend on MOW in Donnie ferries and run-abouts .  Forty boats – sail and power – are anchored off MOW and dinghy in.

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Tents are filled with rummage sale type stuff.  You can buy Christmas decorations, sheets, toys, puzzles, clothes, kitchen gadgets and books.   Even a band saw.  And boat parts.

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The kids at Every Child Counts, a school for the disabled in Marsh Harbour which is entirely privately funded, make mats from new and recycled (found on the beach) boat line.

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Andy Albury carves half models of Man O’ War built boats, like the Abaco Rage and Abaco dinghies.  So beautiful.  [We already have a sizeable collection at home.]

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He also builds gorgeous mahogany rocking chairs – this one comes with “someone” already sitting in it.

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I like Androsia fabric, available at Sally’s shop by the yard.  These brilliantly colored batik fabrics are hand-dyed on the Bahamian island of Andros, south and west of Abaco.  Here are two of Andy’s half models and some blue batik fabric with cute fish and turtles for a little boy’s shorts and shirt.

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After a yummy lunch of ribs, peas n’ rice, coleslaw and mac n’ cheese, it’s time to return to HopeTown.

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All of us on the boat excitedly show off our treasures.  Another fun day in Abaco.

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