Posts tagged Barbados

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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The Year in Review 2012

Another year has come and gone, we are now 2/3’s of the way through our posting in Barbados, where does the time go!


I visited the Barbados Horticulture Society Garden Show for the first time. What beautiful hibiscus!


Ian had to go to Nassau on business, so I tagged along. Another country to add to my count.


A week long cruise to five different Caribbean islands bumped up my country count some more.


Had my first face to face visit with the fabulous Mr. T.


Back  to visit Brian Bixleys garden, I know feel the need for Sanguinaria canadensis ‘Multiplex’, or double bloodroot.


My white eremurus finally bloomed, only took 2 years.


Lots of garden visiting going on, this was an amazing garden in Rosedale.


Trying to keep up my design skills, despite not working for two years.


Yikes, hard to see all my freshly applied gravel

Yikes, hard to see all my freshly applied gravel

Spent most of my first weeks at home, weeding.


Got to see a tiny bit of fall colour before we headed back to Barbados.


Perfected the art of Sundowners, or cocktails to you northern folks.


Christmas on the island, what a glorious feeling.

Interested in what happened last year? You can read about it here, 2010 here.

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Old Year’s Night

I heard New Years Eve called Old Year’s Night the first December we were living in Barbados, and I find it charming.

I would like to thank everyone who has followed my blog over the last several years, each and every one of you has touched me in some way.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year, here is to 2013.

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Splendid Decay

Everywhere I look in Barbados, I see decay. But in my eyes, it is beautiful, if slightly haunting. Coming from a fairly new country, I am always amazed by the history,  just the sheer age of  the country.

I see steps that go no where, driveways and gates that lead to nothing, and trees that take over,

and it is beautiful…

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