The last time we saw our friend was nearly 2 years ago, in a rather chilly, gloomy London; today we went to a rum shop and played on the beach in Barbados. Being reunited with good people is great no matter where one is, but the Caribbean does make for a lovely backdrop. We also […]
Abandoned prison, part 2
In Part 1, I mentioned Harrison’s Point’s history as a US Naval Facility during the cold war. However, its time as a temporary prison is, if anything, more interesting. HMP Glendairy riot On 30 March 2005, a fight broke out among a small group of prisoners in Barbados’ Glendairy prison, a large Victorian prison built […]
Abandoned prison, part 1
As spooky places to explore go, I guess for most people ‘abandoned prison’ is second only to ‘abandoned asylum for the criminally insane’! The derelict buildings at Harrison’s Point, Barbados, fall into the former category, and while I wouldn’t describe the place as scary, its history and remote location do lend it an extremely eerie […]
Relocating turtle eggs
I took a little stroll along the beach after yesterday morning’s school run, and came across a couple of people from the Barbados Sea Turtle Project delicately relocating some turtle eggs to a safer location. It’s not an easy job, as there are an awful lot of eggs (sadly only about 1 in 1,000 hatchlings […]
Paddle boarding comp
Paddle boarding has become really popular in Barbados, and is offered at most of the popular beaches and hotels. Yesterday there were paddle boarding competitions held at the Barbados Cruising Club on Pebbles Beach. Over the course of the morning there were races for juniors, families, women, men and elite. My paddle boarding skills aren’t […]
Picnic at Bathsheba
Bathsheba is one of the most beautiful spots in Barbados, and an obvious location for a picnic with friends. For the children there are lots of rock pools to investigate and boulders to clamber over, whilst the grown ups relax on the grass.
The smack of leather on willow
I’m not an especially big cricket fan, but I do enjoy watching the occasional match. I tend to think of cricket as a quintessentially English sporting pastime, the soundtrack to the traditional English summer if you will. However, once you experience cricket in the Caribbean, you realise just how perfectly suited to the climate, the […]
I’m not a great one for lying on the beach, soaking up the rays with a trashy novel; I tend to want to get in the water as soon as possible, and stay there for as long as possible. When I’m not in the water I soon get restless and feel the urge to grab […]
There’s actually a motorcycle club in Barbados, the Tridents MC. However, after seeing their President at the Holetown Festival parade, I suspect they’re not quite as scary and nefarious as the bikers on Sons of Anarchy.