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The Consummate Bermudian

Ode to the Bermuda Vernacular
The Consummate Bermudian

Ode to the Bermuda Vernacular

Unique Elements of Our Island's Architecture Stepped White Roofs Our distinctive roofs are not just visually striking they’re remarkably functional, too. Shingled with limestone slates, Bermuda's roofs serve the dual purpose of collecting rainwater and channeling it into underground tanks for household storage. While these roofs may appear uniform to the untrained eye, traditional architecture in Bermuda employs two distinct styles. Gabled roofs feature two pitches sloping down from a central ridge, with the triangular end wall known as the…


The Consummate Bermudian

Bermudiana Book Collections

Whatever their backgrounds, Bermudians share a deep love of their country and a curiosity about its past, present and future. Perhaps that is why so many are keen collectors of Bermudiana books and pamphlets. As Anthony Pettit, dealer in Bermuda…


The Consummate Bermudian

Rigged for Success

The Bermuda Rig, that innovative sail design that is still, some 400 years after it emerged on local waters, being used on the vast majority of recreational and racing sailboats around the world. But why did it develop here? What were…


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The Bermuda Longtails, Life in Flight

"Dance like nobody's watching; love like you've never been hurt; sing like nobody's listening; live like it's heaven on earth." This sage advice is usually attributed to Mark Twain, the writer and humorist with a deep affection and connection to…


The Consummate Bermudian

An Ode to the Easter Lily

Since its accidental introduction to the island in the mid-nineteenth century, the Easter lily has been synonymous with springtime in Bermuda. And while no one can deny its pleasing aesthetic, the plant's real value to the island is measured in…

The Consummate Bermudian

The Bermuda Kite

There are not many things that categorically identify as Bermudian. One of them is the Bermuda kite. While stringing together pine sticks and tissue paper is hardly unique to our shores, there is a craftsmanship, aesthetic and measure of success…