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Pawpaw Paradise
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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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Kiskadees

Tourists coming to Bermuda from Europe love kiskadees. I think it’s because they are so easy to see, but they don’t look as if they are. I remember clearly when I saw my first kiskadee. I was on holiday in…


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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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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…

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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…