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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 knew I had to check it out. Tucked between Rockaway and Evans Bay in Southampton Parish, this eight-acre park certainly has perspective, with lots of up and down, looking across, looking through and quite a bit hidden away. The access…


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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…


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Writers Block

The other morning, struggling with a bad bout of writer’s block, I looked out of a window in my study in search of distraction. Sure enough, I found it, distraction of a cathartic kind. For there was our Allamanda cathartica…


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Orchids

Sometime in the year 2000 we bought a dendrobium at a plant sale in the Botanical Gardens. We were tempted by the long spike of buds slowly unfolding into blossom but perversely also by the realisation we just don’t have…

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The Agave Plant

One morning as I was driving toward the Belmont Ferry on Harbour Road, I noticed a woody stem appearing inches above the wall on the waterside. A few days later it had shot up so fast I thought it could…