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Salty Air
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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 took a walk along Warwick Long Bay, the air was so salty I could taste it, a crisp stinging tang in my nostrils and on my tongue. Perhaps that was because of the mounds of Sargasso weed scattered along the…


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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…


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Kingfishers

Some of my most pleasurable childhood memories have to do with riversides in the U.K. Often I would spend lazy summer holiday afternoons sitting by the river Avon watching the water flow and reading a book. I always hoped for…

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Marigolds

When I was a small child, I grew marigolds of the calendula officinalis variety. I didn’t know which species I was growing. I just planted the seeds my mother gave me in my own bit of garden and was delighted…