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The Year in Review 2011

Another  year has come and gone, where does the time go!

January

Yet another idea for my garden, it would be a lovely reminder of my time in Barbados!

February

Bumped up my country count with a quick trip to Trinidad.

March

Oooh, maybe this would be a better reminder of my time in Barbados.

April

I arrive back in Canada, just in time for the snowdrops, yay!

May

I finally get to visit Brian Bixleys garden, after wanting to for many years.

June

The trees in the Lime Walk get their first prune.

July

Visited Hunte’s Gardens, an amazing place in Barbados.

August

Saw my first Kadooment Day parade, and vowed to start exercising when I saw the size of the costumes.

September

The hydrangea (free leftovers from Easter sales), finally started bulking up in the Lime Walk and looking like something.

October

Visited another amazing garden while I was home in the autumn. Keppel Croft is located close to Kilbourne Grove.

November

My SIL came for a visit and we tried zip lining, what an adrenalin rush.

December

Christmas on the island, what a glorious feeling.

Interested in what happened last year? You can read about it here.

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Kadooment Day

Perhaps if I looked like Rihanna, I would have dressed up and  ‘jumped’ with a ‘band’ for the Grand Kadooment Day parade. Everyone in Barbados is so very proud that she was here this year.  Instead, Ian and I watched from the sidewalk, as thousand of revellers, some drunk, but most just hot and tired, walked and danced for the finale of ‘Crop Over’.

If you are looking for a good (exhausting) time, come to Barbados for Crop Over.

 It is a celebration of the end of the sugar cane harvest, and starts in July, ending with the Grand Kadooment on Kadooment Day, a public holiday here.

A street carnival with thousands of costumed people, and trucks with huge (and very loud) sound systems.

 This year 23 ‘bands’ competed for the best costume design award. I wish that I could have seen every one, fresh at the beginning of the parade, but we were at the other end. With the sun, sweat and rain as well, some of them were not holding up well, but it was still an amazing sight.

Some of the costumes were very elaborate.

Even looking from the back, there was still a lot to see.

Even when you are in a parade, there is no escaping the phone, lol.

Needless to say, when  we returned home, I went straight to the gym! Those costumes are really skimpy.

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