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Pawpaw Paradise

I’ve never planted a pawpaw tree (Carica papaya) in my life.  There was never a reason to do so. After all, when we bought our house, it came with a pawpaw tree complete with fruit. Once that one died, another two plants, male and female, miraculously appeared in its place. For a couple of years, we could depend on the female tree to provide us with regular supplies of papaya until it died. But after that, we thought we’d have…


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Waves of Change

For so many mothers in Bermuda, Port Royal Cove in Southampton forever evokes halcyon days spent with their small children building castles on the sand or bobbing in the shallow water. It certainly does for me. When our son was…


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The Secret Life of Suck Rocks

In our daily walk along Horseshoe Bay, we have become intrigued by a colony of chitons or, as Bermudians call them, suck rocks (Chiton tuberculatus in formal parlance), half-hidden on one side of a rocky crevice at the far eastern…


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Beguiling Bougainvillea

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the winter 2006 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. Maybe Hurricane Florence wasn’t as vicious as Fabian of 2003 fame. But she did…


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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 Year of Abundance

The downside of COVID travel restrictions has meant we have largely been stuck on the rock, missing out on new experiences and different scenery in foreign lands. However, there has also been an upside. Judging from numerous online conversations and…