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Water Fall

Water Fall

Water Fall We have months of drought, when the earth bakes and cracks. The grass stops growing, turns pale and dry. When the rain comes it falls with an explosive reaction, raising up dust from barren fields and steam from the hot tar macadam until a mist settles over...
The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

The tree of life Next to the oldest wooden house in the Caribbean, in our garden grows a sapling called The Tree of Life. It is Lignum Vitae and from it comes the hardest wood we know. It will neither burn, float nor rot. It is a medicine tree that can cure the sick...
Field Trips

Field Trips

Field Trips The children had a field trip last week and were taken from their schools down to the beaches to learn about conservation. They were released like a kindle of kittens to tease the water’s edge, scattering across the sand while being reminded to keep...
Flying Kites

Flying Kites

Flying kites It is a tradition to fly kites on Easter. They are multi-colored ornate, poly shapes, sometimes like diamonds, sometimes like dragons. Children make their first kites from ripped out pages of school books and the spines of coconut leaves threaded through...
Royal Visit

Royal Visit

A Royal Visit My family considers itself to be the custodians of the Hermitage, and when our guests come to visit we know we are the guides and not the attraction. This house has been here near 400 years, growing its own charm and letting history gather around it,...

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