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Off Again

Yay, at least for me anyway.

I think Ian is a bit disappointed.  Back in the fall!

This was taken at a J24 regatta in Barbados, I think it looks a bit like a painting.

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On My Way

By the time you read this I will be on my way back to Canada, once again leaving Ian behind for 6 weeks.

Fun for me, getting to enjoy my friends, family and yay, my garden. Not fun for Ian who still has to work, oh well, someone has to do it…

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Flower Power 2

I am sure most of you know that I used to be a floral designer. However, since we have lived in Barbados, I cannot work any more. But I miss flowers, and when I found out that St. James Church was having a Harvest Garden Party to raise money for the restoration on the church, I wanted to go. As is the case of most churches, the congregation cannot cover the costs of the church, so St. James has been holding this fund-raiser since 1989.  There is entertainment by the Royal Barbados Police Band, many vendors and lots of food, but the flower arrangements were what I wanted to see.

And I was not disappointed. St. James is the oldest Anglican church on the island, originally built in 1628 of wood, the now day stone structure was built in 1847. It is an exquisite church, but the flowers enhanced it even more.

What do you think, did you like them as much as I did?

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Partyyyyyyyyy!!!!

Or more like, a feeding frenzy.

Ian and I have company in Barbados and we took them to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. Although it is surrounded by a high fence, there are few caged animals, (I am glad the snakes are one of them), and all the animals (and you) can wander around. Of course nothing keeps the green monkeys in, and they come and go as they please.

There were numerous Tortoises in the reserve,

they are native to Barbados, but now there are more in the reserve then on the rest of the island.

According to the pamphlet, the Reserve has the best collection in the world. And they were everywhere, it became a game to spot them, as you would often walk by thinking it was a rock.

It also had a large population of Brocket Deer,

these are native to other Caribbean islands and were imported here. they are very small, 35-80 cm high, 60-144 cm long, and weigh 8-48 kg, unlike the white tail deer in Canada. They weigh 41-141 kg and are 68-114 cm high and 95-220 cm long. They are almost twice the size in Canada, so it was a surprise to see such small ones.

There is also the Mara,

a rodent looking like a cross between a deer and a rabbit.

We were lucky to see them as they are usually in burrows during the day.

Lots of birds, from macaws in cages to peacocks

ranged the grounds, and a snake house had iguanas as well.

But it was the monkeys that we really wanted to see. Originally from Africa, they were brought over many years ago, and have a huge population on the island. Although a lot of farmers find them a pest, and they can decimate some of the crops, they also have a very important purpose.  The Sabin Polio Vaccine is a live virus prepared through the cells of the green monkey.  One monkey can provide up to 2.5 million doses of the vaccine. The Barbados Primate Research Centre and Wildlife Reserve is responsible for up to 70% of the world’s polio vaccine.  But, I have to confess, I think they are adorable. At 2:00, a wheelbarrow of food arrives, and the frenzy begins. 

The first to arrive were the tortoises, (I think they start heading that way very early)

and the deer are not far behind.

But chaos and fun ensues when the monkeys arrive.

At first, everything is civilized, but then it starts to get crowded at the trough. So what is a poor monkey to do, whatever it can…

Even the rooster wants in on the act, doesn’t he realize no one is here to see him?

Aaah, a full tummy….

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Many Moods-Sea

A few weeks ago I shared some of my favourite photos of sunsets that  I have taken since we moved to Barbados. The two things Barbados is known for is the sun and the sea, so today I thought I would share some of the sea. 

One day when we move back to Kilbourne Grove,  I shall have to get some of these photos blown up, so I can admire them every day and pretend I am back in Barbados (only in the winter of course).

How about you, any favourites?

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Out of Africa

You never know what you will find when hiking in Barbados, so Ian always keeps his Blackberry handy. And glad I was to have it when we stumbled across these beauties.

Who would believe there would be zebras in Barbados!

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3 Nights, 3 Countries

Did you miss me? Perhaps you thought I got into ‘island time’? (Actually I did, lol).

I think the title of this post sounds a lot more exciting than what actually happened. Ian had to go to Grand Cayman on business, and of course, I hitched a ride. So we spent the night in Barbados, got up, flew to Miami, (United States), spent the night, and then flew to Grand Cayman.  Did I mention a bit of shopping while we were in the States? A lovely green Coach bag made its way home with me.  I certainly felt I deserved a designer bag to keep up with the  jet set image, lol.

Although Grand Cayman is still a territory of the United Kingdon, it felt very American to me. Barbados is an independent country, and has been for 46 years, but I get more of a British vibe there.  

Cayman’s beaches are certainly beautiful, at least the only one I got to see,

‘Seven Mile Beach’, gorgeous sand, soft like talcum powder.  We only had 1 1/2 days there, so while Ian was out making the money, I visited Camana Bay,

a gorgeous shopping/residence complex very near the hotel where we were staying.

I must admit, I started drooling, there was an amazing book store there, oh, how I miss spending hours in book stores. I find the selection on Barbados very limited. Too bad books are so heavy, I decided not to buy any, but took note of a titles for purchasing when I am home in the spring.

I won’t bore would with the time I spent in the grocery stores, or the envy that came over me when I found strawberries for $3,  in Barbados they can cost 5 times that  much.  Needless to say, they didn’t go into my suitcase either.

The next day, we had some time before we had to head to the airport and walked into Georgetown, the capital city of the Cayman Islands.  There were 3 cruise ships in port, or rather docked in the ocean.

Passengers had to take small boats to the dock, unlike other islands that have built deep water docks.  Georgetown was hopping and we had fun walking around, seeing the sights.  But, after a spot of lunch, it was time to head to the airport, and begin our journey home.

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