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Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Ruins at Farley Hill


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The Ruins at Farley Hill
Farley Hill National Park
St. Peter, Barbados
Event: Soca on De Hill, Barbados
Series: Soca on De Hill, Barbados
(07-22-2007)


So here I am at Farley Hill National Park in hills of St. Peter. Soca on De Hill is in full swing and even though I arrived late I am early. Folk are coming in droves with one intention in mind, to party and listen to the likes of the local band krosfyah with Edwin Yearwood, the Trinidadian sensation Machel Montano, sweet trini queen Destra backed by the Atlantik band, Rupee, and a number of the popular local soca artistes who are pumping or fueling the music for Crop-Over 2007.

But it is odd seeing a show situated in the ruins of the Farley Hill House. The initial house was built in 1818. Over a period of 50 years it grew in size and was then regarded as one of the most extraordinary mansion in Barbados. One of it most influenced owners was Sir Graham Briggs, a wealthy planter. He improved on the house and the landscaped of the property.

The house was used in the pleasant film Island in the Sun; however, it was later destroyed by fire. The Queen of England, Elizabeth II, officially open Farley Hill as a Nation Park in 1966.

But so many people are here. I am walking the high ground and looking on to a vast green below. The breeze is wonderful and most welcomed. The jagged Atlantic coast is in sight. It is a beautiful. The scenic vista is taking a hold of me. The pulsating music is slowly being tuned out. I am hypnotized by the view.

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Looking Out To Carlisle Bay

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Looking Out To Carlisle Bay
Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


What a beautiful vista looking out onto Carlisle Bay. I can imagine this place with loads of ships and other vessels with goods and slaves bound for other places. Imagine the hurricanes that ravage through this Bay on more that one occasion, killing many. Those days are long gone. It is peaceful now.

Look straight across from where I am and you will see the new Hilton Hotel perched on Needham’s Point. White sandy beaches and clear waters can summons any visitor to this Bay. You can be captivated, even overwhelmed.

But not many can say they had an uncle who worked at the Old Hilton on that same site. He was a chef there for some 25 years or so. Now, like him, like the history of the Bay, all forgotten. Until some poor soul like me unearth relics stories of the past, giving some form, some meat, some substance for you to dwell upon.

Carlisle Bay is beautiful. Keep in mind she is like a child. She needs to be loved.

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A Hard Bed


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A Hard Bed
St. George Street
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: A Sunday Walk Along Baxter’s Road to Bridgetown
(08-13-2006)


Baxter’s Road is behind me now. The old Lower Green Bus Stand is now my current location. And here on St. George Street is Courts Department Store. It is the Sears of America right here in Barbados.

Through the side alley one can get to Pelican Road. That is my destination now. But here I am looking at a homeless person lying by one of the side doors to Courts Department Store. Here we have a shopping cart, an empty drink container, and a bed as hard as the social ills that still haunt some Barbadian communities. We know it best as poverty.

So, I am moving on. There is not much I can do here other than pray. Even if he was up and I gave him money, it would only be temporary. He is fast asleep and seems comfortable. That is until he wakes up and reality starts to become unbearable skin. Maybe on my next trip here I won’t find him. And I would hope he is doing well and moving on with this ever striving Barbados.

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