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A Rose by Any Other Name…

When I left the UK and had my first Christmas in Bermuda, I knew I had to adjust my thinking. Where decorations were concerned, it could no longer be simply a matter of the holly and the ivy. That said, some people did assure me there was such a thing as Bermuda holly. Indeed, a 1955 edition of the Bermuda Garden Club book The Bermuda Garden mentioned it growing profusely in Devonshire Marsh, but I never saw it there in 1973 and in all the 44 years I’ve been here I’ve never seen it anywhere else. It’s not mentioned in the club’s 20...

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Ch-Ch-Changes…

I have to admit to being a conservative where places I love are concerned. Usually I need them to stay exactly the same for my own peace of mind, so that if a new building goes up or an old tree comes down I feel personally affronted. You can im...

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He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not

I have to confess that after all these years my home has been in Bermuda, I still miss the wild flowers of my childhood, immortalised in Cicely Mary Barker’s Flower Fairies. Every February and March I have a longing for daffodils, primroses, v...

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Look – But Please Stop Swimming

It’s only natural that as parents we want our children to enjoy our own magical childhood experiences. For me, one such experience was freely picking wild primroses, cowslips and violets in an English springtime woodland during the 1950s. For ...

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Cahow Do You Do?

It's not surprising that when we arrived at the dock on Nonsuch Island last May, it was with a feeling of déjà vu because we had been there before—twice. The first time was in 2003 before the hurricane of Fabian fame ...

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Adventures with the Audobon Experts

When the Bermuda Audubon Society announced a guided visit to Sears Cave in Smith’s Parish last March, Mike and I knew we had to go. We both remembered how one Saturday during the late 1980s we had fruitlessly wandered up, down, and around Sear...