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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. (He was reappointed in 1681, the year before he died.) According to Terry Tucker’s Bermuda: Today and Yesterday, he was responsible for setting aside a day of humiliation and prayer in July 1666 when news reached the island of the…


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Bridging the Past and Present

I’ve often wished that the Bermuda Railway was still operating in Bermuda. Taking the train ride from Dockyard to Hamilton and then from Hamilton to St. George's must have been spectacular. Imagine trundling over 33 trestles and bridges spanning the…


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Potato Primer

“Let them eat cake,” Marie Antoinette did not say. But she could have said, “Let them eat potatoes.” Apparently, she sometimes liked to wear potato flowers in her hair, which is not as incongruous as you might think. Potato flowers…


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A Flash of Green

Some time ago, I was thinking about how beautiful Bermuda was looking in all its best summer colours when our friends James and Marian invited us to a barbecue in their garden overlooking Ely's Harbour in Somerset. Though we didn't…


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Sunny-side Up!

Now that summer’s here I think of sunflowers I saw once in southern France, fields and fields of them, their heads nodding in the breeze. And then I think of Arles, Vincent van Gogh and all his vibrant, tactile yellows…

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Naturally Speaking: Conferring on Conifers

The first Norfolk Island pine I ever saw belonged to Mr. Flint, one of my father’s friends in England. He had it growing in a pot in the corner of his living room and was so inordinately proud of it…