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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Window Hoods


Window Hoods, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Window Hoods
Baxter’s Road & Reed Street, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Baxter’s Road: Five Dollar Door

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Baxter’s Road: Five Dollar Door
Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


Growing up in a village setting was wonderful and colorful for me. My grandmother and aunt sent me to the shop many times to buy stuff like sugar, salt, flour, meat, and drinks. I never thought of it then, but a shop was an intricate part of village life. And for many folk I am sure it was a place to gather information and catch up on all the happenings.

There are still old fashion shops in Barbados, but by no stretch of the imagination are there many. So if you are relatively young, you may have to ask your grandmother or some other village elder to tell you about when the village shop was king.

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Old Village Shop Door

To this old red door came many village folk
Looking for their supplies of salt, sugar, and meats
Conversations with the shopkeeper over the old pound scale
Trying their best to get every ounce into the folded brown paper
The shop’s larder with fine wire netting housed
Wonderful ham and cheese cutters that wet the throats
And noises coming from all angles filled the shops
Accompanied with sweet smells of all types of food
Behind this door gossip and secrets were told and spread
As if the entire village were hidden somewhere
In the shop’s secret holes and crevasses, just waiting to unleash
But now old faces and voices are no longer within
What was once a vital part of village life was abandoned
The decay is somewhat hurtful and painfully sad
Life still clings here as long as memories can be revived
Even the harshest of plant life understands
And it grows at the foot of the once travel shop door
Looking for comfort and love, and maybe a soft voice
Saying, welcome, welcome…welcome

Keith H. Clarke (PictureInFocus / BarbadosInFocus)
10-30-2007


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Monday, October 29, 2007

Baxter’s Road: The Wall


Baxter’s Road: The Wall

Baxter’s Road: The Wall, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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The Wall
Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


The fa├žade of this wonderful brick structure still stands. But the body of the building has fallen away. To be honest I am not sure what restoration can be done on the building to ensure it depicts the Baxter’s Road of old.

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Pigeon Sentinels


Pigeon Sentinels, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Pigeon Sentinels
Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


Maybe there is a shop keeper beyond that window waiting to open the shop when the time is right.

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Shop Closed



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Shop Closed, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Shop Closed
Baxter’s Road, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


Sundays are for relaxing, going to the beach, escaping to that far away picnic, or just having some folks over for lunch. But for me I am going to take a stroll through Bridgetown.

The city should be peaceful and you should be able to appreciate the lovely old buildings that are fast disappearing from the city landscape. Baxter’s Road will be my avenue to the heart of Bridgetown. There are many old single room shops that line Baxter’s Road. At night it comes alive with the smell of frying fish from the old time vendors. If you truly want to see island life then you need to visit Baxter’s Road.

I can feel the old days of soft drinks, sugar, salt, bread, and any other goods the neighborhood shops had on their selves.

I have got my camera gear and some much needed water, now I am going to walk into the past.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Glenglo


Glenglo, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Glenglo
Christ Church, Barbados
Series: From Bridgetown to Gloria’s Home
(08-10-2006)


What is there in a name? Well, it means a lot to most Bajans when they name their homes. Most of them are nice. But then they are others that just sound crazy.

I love the name of Gloria’s house (Glenglo). It is a combination of her name and her husband’s name (Glendville).

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Coconut Trees into the Night

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Coconut Trees into the Night
Christ Church, Barbados
Series: From Bridgetown to Gloria’s Home
(08-10-2006)


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Sitting on Queen’s Park Wall

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Sitting on Queen’s Park Wall
Queen's Park
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: From Bridgetown to Gloria’s Home
(08-10-2006)


Passing Queen’s Park gives you a feeling of freedom. No, I am not talking about freedom from enslavement, just the freedom to get away for a bit in the green.

But, I got to thinking seeing this young lady sitting on the wall (near the exit to the park), how she looks like she was trapped behind freedom. Sometimes, I guess, life can seem like that. Bars can be just about anywhere, if you really got to looking.

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