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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 are actually very pretty (no wonder their potato vine relations are so popular on Bermuda’s walls and trellises).   But according to an article by Charles C. Mann in Smithsonian magazine, there was a practical reason as well. “Her husband,…


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Fresh Picked! Growing Fruit Trees in Bermuda

Bermuda has long been known for its delicious juicy citrus; however, the same success can be achieved with many other varieties of soft fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, apples and sweet pears, just to name a few.   Growing your…


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Home for the Holidays: Boxing Day, Its Significance and Diversions

The early colonists brought the custom of the Boxing Day holiday from England, where it originated long enough ago to baffle antiquarians as to its exact date or derivation. It is scarcely mentioned in the early records of the Colony…


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Scramble: The Home of Marie Gibbons Simons

The practice of house naming began hundreds of years ago with the English nobility whose manor houses, castles and estates bore traditional family or place names. Gradually the practice spread to the local gentry and then to the middle classes,…


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Christmas Colours Besides Green & Red

In our house the Christmas tree arrives the week after Thanksgiving and so beings the annual battle of the ornaments.  My husband and I have opposing views on how to decorate.  He is sentimental (which I love) so every ornament…

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Christmas Tree Alternatives

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just weeks away.  Typically, the Christmas trees will start arriving the weekend after Thanksgiving and then it will be four weeks worth of constant needle vacuuming and watering. While I grew up with a…