I love the Barbados hikes. I am learning (and seeing) so much of Barbados, certainly a lot of sights the average tourist does not get to see.
A few weeks ago (in between) visitors, we were on a hike in the middle of the island. There is always a lot of flora and fauna to see, but this time I was interested in the architecture. Barbados is blessed with an extraordinary climate, things grow like crazy. It does not take long for nature to reassert herself if left unchecked. Sometimes the path the guide takes us on is a bit overgrown, in a matter of months. And if a building is abandoned, it does not take long for the jungle to swallow it up.
Walking along the road, there were a few lovely remnants of past days,
but then we came to this. It was a brick factory,
our guides father had worked at it, so it was not that old, but once left empty…
We turned south on the old north, south road. This road had been used before the ABc highway had been built, and then rarely after that. Along the road was this old lime kiln.
You would walk up the steps to drop in the lime rocks,
and then collect the lime
from this small opening at the bottom. Our guide told us that it had not been operational that long, apparently they did not realize that they were supposed to build it in a circular fashion, and they had difficulty getting it out of the corners.
As a Canadian, I am used to winter keeping my own personal jungle in check for me, and it certainly allows me a rest. Here the battle never ends…