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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 many Bermudians it was, and perhaps still is, swimming in the underwater cave on the edge of Tom Moore’s Jungle or, as it is formally called, the Walsingham Nature Reserve. An early memory I have of Bermuda in the 1970s was being taken by a family on a picnic there and watching the teenage boys ju...

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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...

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Miracle on the Beach

W. H. Auden’s poem “Musee des Beaux Arts” makes the point that the Old Masters knew that ordinary people were mostly indifferent  to momentous events. And so in Pieter Breughel’s depiction of the fall of Icarus, the boy who flew too...

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The Sands of Time

Every Christmas morning Elbow Beach is on the move as hundreds of people flock down to the shore to enjoy an authentic Bermudian Christmas. For celebrators from freezing northern climates, forgotten are the sleighs and blankets, snowy landscapes...

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Strolling Seymour’s Pond

As buses and cars hurtle towards Barnes Corner on Middle Road, Southampton, I doubt drivers and passengers give a passing thought to Florentius Seymour, made Commander of the Southampton Fort in 1653 and Governor of Bermuda from 1663 to 1668. (H...