Blogs from Barbados, Central America Caribbean - page 3


A leisurely stroll in Bridgetown 7 of us decided to go into Bridgetown for a wander around the shops. The departmental stores are much like any other around the world selling branded goods that we are all familiar with, but at the same time they sold locally made items. I couldn't resist going to the homeware department where they had some beautiful vases/containers for sale but I wasn't tempted to make a purchase. We were soon in need of some liquid refreshment and made our way across Chamberlaine bridge to a waterside restaurant/bar overlooking the beautiful boats as they bobbed up and down in the water. We saw a turtle briefly pop his head out of the water but it was camera shy so didn't manage to get a photo. I can recommend the Barbadian Lemonade ... read more
Local handicraft vendor
Such a lovely smil
Meeting WAFA ladies (& an Arsenal supporter)

Well what a day ! We had been told last night that there was a Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados which meant a tropical cyclone is possible within a 36 hours period.Our group were scheduled to spend the day on a catamaran but with large sea swells, extensive rainfall and flash flooding expected along with a high surf advisory and small craft restriction it was pretty obvious that we would not be snorkling in the turquoise seas with the turtles today.We did still gather in the lobby only to hear the expected news that the catamaran company had cancelled the trip. The lobby was filling up with groups of ladies and a few men who we knew were flower arrangers by their warm smiles and happy faces.Several recognised me from Flower Arrangers & Friends of NAFAS ... read more
Excited to be taking part
Looking forward to the show opening
Such kind gestures from around the world

Continuing our journey around the island we came to the highlight of the day Huntes Garden ! In the Parish of St. Joseph. It took the owner & creator, Anthony Hunte 2 years to create this wonderful garden which even today is still having additions made.The gardens used to form part of a sugar plantation; Anthony purchased 10 acres of the plantation in 1990 and the gardens are around 2 acres & built in a sink home.As we stepped from our vehicle and walked through the rustic gates we knew we were in for a treat. David & I had visited the gardens some 10 years and in that time the plants had certainly put on a growth spurt. We were greeted by Anthony, so full of life and wanting to share his garden with us, ... read more
A great welcome.
Words cannot describe the beauty!
The first trees to be planted

We were all looking forward to the day ahead with our guide Rose & driver Patrick. Our first stop of the day was not far from Bridgetown. A visit to Medford Mahogony Craft where we were greeted with another big Barbadian smile by self-taught artist Reggie Medford. We heard how as a teenager, Reggie rejected an academic career to take up handicraft, having opted out of university, he started to create jewellery using the coconuts shells from his family garden which proved very successful. After a few years he decided to try to create works of art using the roots of mahogany trees, many of these roots had been that discarded as unwanted rubbish! It wasn't long before this business took off and now he was able to obtain mahogany trees from developers & his mahogany ... read more
Chattel houses
A big welcome from Reggie - Mahogony craft
A captive audience

WAFA –The World Association of Floral Artists was founded in 1981 to reinforce the bonds of friendship among the various members and provide a forum whereby members can exchange ideas and trends in flower arranging. The care and conservation of natural resources and the environment are also important considerations. Every three years another member country undertakes the management of WAFA and produces an International Floral Art Seminar and an International Design Competition for floral artists. Barbados through the local national Flower Club BAFA INC ( Barbados Association of Floral Artists) will be hosting WAFA. Looking forward to visiting the beautiful island of Barbados and meeting Flower Arranging friends from around the world.... read more
Our home for next 10 days Hilton Hotel - Bridgetown
Beautiful Caribbean Sea
Relaxing another day

Central America Caribbean » Barbados March 15th 2017

Hello from the island of Barbados. Let’s correct an error from a couple of days ago. We have only now gotten to the Caribbean Sea. Barbados is the easternmost of all the islands, and the east coast is actually on the Atlantic side with the west coast being on the Caribbean. So only now have we actually gotten to the Caribbean Sea. We got up at 7:00 and had breakfast biscuits & pastries in the cabin, while the ship arrived in port. Although the original inhabitants were driven away by the Portuguese the British founded the first real settlement in1627. Over the years the island developed and reached full independence in 1966. In early days sugarcane was the main export product with many plantations surrounded by little villages of laborers. These days sugarcane exports have dwindled ... read more
Chattel House
Golden Apple Tree
View from Cambridge in Scottish Highlands

Central America Caribbean » Barbados March 14th 2017

Geo: 13.1597, -59.5514Well we survived 5 sea days even ship is low on fruit and wine. There are 5 containers waiting on the dock. Think the might come on to this ship?..Dave has a guided photography excursion today so I will let him write about that. The port looks fairly busy. Several container ships and two cruise ships besides ours. One is a windjammer. Of course the water is that beautiful coral blue. The photographic tour by Ronnie Carrington, a local who was trained in the US. Like many in Barbados he has several "paying jobs". He runs tours during tourist season, trains budding local photographers, sells his pictures and has a video production company. He shared several of his pictures with us throughout the tour along with many bits of information about Barbados. One of ... read more

Day 29 - Monday 27 February 2017 cont'd The rain continued, so we decided to start our packing now as we were not able to do much else. Pat prefers to do the packing, so I just kept providing the coffee and tried to keep out of the way. We went for lunch at 12.30 pm, having a drink on the way. After lunch we did our usual stroll around the grounds. I decided we needed a little walk in the afternoon, so we initially headed left to see what height the tide was and if there was a chance to walk past Sandy Lane again. It was too high, so we headed right (North) in Holetown direction. We just went to the next proper area of beach and both had a swim, as it was ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Holetown February 27th 2017

Day 25 - Thursday 23 February 2017 cont'd We actually managed to get in the main pool in the afternoon. Dinner was 7.30 pm in Sunset. We had a drink at 7 pm, before we went in. The meal was good, presentation is excellent. We had a little walk and sat listening to the evening entertainment for a while, then off to bed. More television. Day 26 - Friday 24 February 2017 Good night's sleep. Woke at 7.15 am. The hotel does not have a beach accessible immediately in front of it. There are beaches to the left and right. The fly in the ointment is the tide. The sea comes right up to the hotel wall and it is not sensible at high tide to attempt to go left as the swell can be 1 ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Barbados » Holetown February 23rd 2017

Day 22 - Monday 20 February, 2017 cont'd We started packing and generally sorting things out, when we got up. At 11.45 am we headed off to Speightstown. On the coastal way in - the pretty way - Pat spotted some turtles in the sea. I couldn't catch sight of them at first, but eventually one popped it's head out of the water for me to see. We have run out of both of our coffees now. Me for instant, Pat for filtered. So, I promised Pat a proper coffee in town for her to get some caffeine. The Beach shack didn't look like he had any coffee on the go, so Juma's was our next option. We watched the world going by and the waves breaking against the shoreline for a while. Then off to ... read more

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