Flamingo Fun in Aruba

Flamingo Fun in Aruba

Last week was full of flamingo fun for us in Aruba.   Aruba is host to flamingos but they reside on an island owned by one of the hotels rather than on a public beach. You will often see photos of the flamingos in promotional articles of Aruba but they are not as accessible as you …

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Close Encounters of the Snake Kind

Close Encounters of the Snake Kind

We had put aside any possibility of moving to Australia partially due to it being too far for the animals to travel and the scary creatures it has.   However, not all islands are without their creepy crawlies. In Barbados, I had encountered flying cockroaches.  Let that just sink in.  Cockroaches.  Huge.  Flying at you.   Or …

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The Joy of Coconut Trees

The Joy of Coconut Trees

Of all the trees in my garden my very favourite is my coconut tree.  There are many different varieties of coconut trees but I have two types.  One yields large green coconuts that give us coconut water and the sweet coconut jelly inside.  These are very tall, much taller than the house and seem to …

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Biting Centipedes

Biting Centipedes

The island is safe from creatures I heard before I moved there. It’s no Australia. No scary snakes or sea creatures. You are safe they said. One evening we were out at a local hotel, enjoying dinner and a few drinks, when I had an encounter with a local centipede. As I was walking towards …

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Green Monkeys

Green Monkeys

Barbados is home to the green monkey, although it’s not a native species, being introduced from West Africa about 350 years ago.  They are all over the island and I never get tired of seeing them.  There are a couple of monkey families where we live in the middle of the island and we still …

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Whistling Frogs

Whistling Frogs

When I first arrived in Barbados I was unable to get a good night’s sleep for at least the first week, despite being a regular ear plug wearing as the husband is a serial snorer.  The cause was not the rum punch snores from the other side of the bed but the sounds of a …

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