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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 made possible because of newly invented pigments, such as chrome yellow. The other day I bought a bunch of sunflowers from Amaral’s farm stand, stuck them in a bright blue jug we bought years ago in the south of France,…


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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…


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Bermuda Edibles

Illustrations by Christine Watlington When the loquats come out in February, so do the old jam and preserving jars. Even though Bermuda’s typical lifestyle is now more suburban than rural, many of us still make loquat jam or chutney, not…


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Vesey Nature Reserve

A new nature reserve on the island is so enticing. It means unexplored open space and a different perspective. When I heard about the Vesey Nature Reserve, which formally opened in April on Earth Day (how appropriate is that?), I…


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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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Salty Air

It's a funny thing, but I rarely smell salty air in Bermuda. I associate that smell with the coasts of Scotland or Maine where the climate is so much colder most of the year. However, the other day when I…