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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Island Shopping is a Sport

Island shopping is not for the faint-hearted or weak. The weekly  grocery shop on an island is almost a sport and a feat of mental strength.  My husband joined me last weekend and he is still laying down in a darkened room, gently sobbing.   He didn’t even do the full circuit either! You need to …

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Hide Your Camouflage

Not that this has any impact upon my wardrobe, but one of the few banned items in Barbados is camouflage.  This is not restricted just to Barbados but also other islands in the Caribbean.  I believe that Jamaica, St Lucia and Antigua follow this too.  The wearing of any form of camouflage is illegal in …

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The Variety of Coastlines

For an island the size of the third of London it has different coastlines on each side of the island which fascinates me. The variety in a small place is part of its charm. If you are a tourist visiting the island, I simply implore you to hire a car and visit the different coastlines. …

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Liquid Sunshine

I’ve been told by a few locals that rain is just “liquid sunshine” here.  That’s some great marketing! If you thought the British were obsessed about talking about the weather, then throw a Brit into Barbados during rainy season.   The rain here is very different to the heaviest downpour in the UK.   What bemuses me …

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Howling at the Moon

We live next to a National Trust site in the middle of the island and before we moved in we thought that the only noise we would have to deal with would be coaches of Hawaiian shirt clad cruise ship visitors who would be in and out within 10 minutes and therefore not a problem. …

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White Sangria

There’s nothing like a refreshing glass of sangria or Pimms on a warm afternoon, but I thought I would try a white sangria for a change. In all honesty, I had a bottle of white wine sitting about that was not the best tasting.  Luckily for me I normally have some white in the cupboards. …

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Drag Night Fun

One of the things that made me more comfortable about living on the island rather than the city life I am used to, was the discovery of the Sunday night drag act at Ragamuffins restaurant in Holetown.  One of my gay friends jokes that I could find a drag act in a women’s prison so …

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Driving Hand Signals

Many things annoy me about the standards of driving here.   I must add that I lived in Dubai for 5 years and thought that I had seen every crazy driving move known to man and felt grateful every night when I got home from work, car and myself unscathed.  I learnt to drive in London …

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You know It’s Crop Over When…

Crop Over is the Barbados Festival held to celebrate the end of the sugar cane harvest season and ends with the Kadooment Parade and Carnival on the 1st Monday of August. It is a colourful explosion of culture, music and dance. The island is full of chat about where you are “jumping” or “feting” and …

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