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Parrotfish
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Parrotfish

Many years ago, long before I became acquainted with Bermuda’s glorious aquatic colours, I bought a piece of cloth to make myself a winter dress. When I took it home, my mother and grandmother showed instant disapproval. The material was a close weave of blue and green, giving an overall effect of turquoise. “Ah,” they said sadly, “blue and green should never be seen.” They were not alone in their opinion—it seemed to be a fashion truism. But I was…


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The Celebrated Calabash

When I saw my very first calabash tree at Orange Grove during the early 1970s, I felt a moment of instant recognition. The tubular flowers and the green oval gourds, oddly sprouting from branches and trunk rather than hanging from…


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A Nose for Nasturtiums

I'll never forget how rude a landscape designer friend once was about our garden. When I showed him the lawn, he coughed and said, "This isn't a lawn. A lawn has grass. You don't have any grass; you have weeds."…


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All About Oranges

The tang of orange peel, the astringent sweetness of orange juice on the tongue instantly bring back my childhood Christmases in England. The orange placed in the toe of my stocking—in other words my father’s long and stretchy sock—was usually…


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Coming Back from the Blight

You know how it can be with children. Time slides past with such deceptive ease you don’t notice they’ve been changing under your very nose, until one day you suddenly see they’ve become adults. It’s the same thing with Bermuda…

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The Cultural Root of Cassava

When people talk cassava pie, you know Christmas is coming. I listen to the talk but have to confess that during the whole time I have lived in Bermuda I've never tried my hand at making it. The whole process…