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Slanted Door , originally uploaded by pictureinfocus . BDOSGL072308_0068-0069Z1 Slanted Door Garden Land, Country Road St. Michael, Bar...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Arch of Saint Michael’s Cathedral

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Arch of Saint Michael’s Cathedral
St. Michael's Cathedral
From Laundry Road to Sunday school
St. Michael's Row, St. Michael
Barbados
(08-11-2005)


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The Cathedral Window


The Cathedral Window, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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The Cathedral Window
St. Michael's Cathedral
St. Michael's Row, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: From Laundry Road to Sunday school
(08-11-2005)


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Grand Wooden House


Grand Wooden House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Grand Wooden House
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Barbados Crop Over (Set 7)
(08-01-2005)


Let me tell you I rode pass this home may times when I was small (a boy). It is by no means a typical wooden house. The mere size of it is overwhelming. I have always loved this house. Today I am in awe that four slender columns support the upper enclosed veranda. What a wonderful structure this it.

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Sunlight Chattel House


Sunlight Chattel House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Sunlight Chattel House
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Barbados Crop Over (Set 7)
(08-01-2005)


The enclosed gallery at the front of this house is absolutely wonderful.

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My Window Is Open


My Window Is Open, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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My Window Is Open
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Barbados Crop Over (Set 7)
(08-01-2005)


Some of the vintage chattel homes can still be see across the island. It is understood that these wooden homes keep you cool in the hot weather, and older folk shy away from leaving them.

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Old Boarded Up Shop


Old Boarded Up Shop, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Old Boarded Up Shop
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Barbados Crop Over (Set 7)
(08-01-2005)


Growing up in a house with 6 women is no joke. My grandmother would always send me to the store. Salt, sugar, flour, biscuits, and other items could be bought from the neighborhood shops. But these old fashion shops are few now. I fondly remember in Ms. Cassue, (shop keeper in the Garden Land), would always give me candy every time I got stuff there for my grandmother. More often that not you would see these old shops just boarded up. This part of Barbadian island life is fast disappearing.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

The Grand Freemasons Lodge


The Grand Freemasons Lodge, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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The Grand Freemasons Lodge
Barbados Masonic Lodge
Spry Street, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: From Laundry Road to Sunday school
(08-11-2005)


In 1740 Freemasonry was introduced to Barbados by Alexander Irvine. This is the Freemason Masonic Lodge located in Spry Street, a small street that runs into St Michael’s Row on end and Roebuck Street on the other.

The Mason lodge was initially Harrison Free School which was establish and built by Thomas Harrison, a wealthy merchant, in 1733. The school was allegedly opened in 1745 for the poor and destitute boys from the Bridgetown area. In 1780 a huge hurricane leveled a large amount of Bridgetown including the school. The property was repaired at a huge sum but consequently fell into poor condition and was sold to the Masonic Lodge in 1871. The school reopened in 1789 on Crumpton Street, but was then a high class grammar school for the rich elite boys of the gentlemen class.

From 1871 this wonderful building was the home of several District Lodges in Barbados and remained so until sometime in 2005 when the building was sold to the Central Bank which towers above it in Cathedral Square. A grand facility for the Mason Lodge was built at Salters, St. George in 2006. The old emasculate Masonic building on spry street is now in the hands of the National Trust.

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Saint Michael's Cathedral


Saint Michael's Cathedral, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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Saint Michael's Cathedral
St. Michael's Cathedral
St. Michael's Row, St. Michael
Barbados
Series: From Laundry Road to Sunday school
(08-11-2005)


The early settlers of Barbados brought their Anglican religion with them. The first church of Bridgetown was the Church of Saint Michael, which was a wooden structure. It was built in 1641. Later in 1665 the church was rebuilt as a stone structure and dedicated. The church suffered serious damage by the hurricane of 1780 and was destroyed. The new church was totally erected in 1789 and it is much the same way as it is today.

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Series: From Laundry Road to Sunday school

1. The Grand Freemasons Lodge, 2. The Barbados Central Bank, 3. Arch of Saint Michael’s Cathedral, 4. Saint Michael's Cathedral

St. Michael's Row & Spry Street
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: From Laundry Road to Sunday school
(08-11-2005)


Sunday school was more than just 10 cents collection, pray, and the word of God. It was shining shoes, putting on the Sunday clothes, and making sure our hair was combed. None of those things, however, we kids cared about. But our grandmother cared and we had to tow the line or get lashes.

We would leave Laundry Road and head to church. On the way we kicked rocks, cans, anything kickable. Church was not that far by kid’s standards. We could have walked a thousand miles as long as it delayed getting to church.

Turning on Church Street (gap) we would immediately smell the garbage from the Sanitation depot. It was hold your nose time. The Sanitation Depot is long gone now. The Barbados Central Bank sits on that stretch of property now. Lovely benches nowadays adorn the area and the tamarinds still fall from the massive tree close by.

The Masonic Lodge was located to the back of the Saint Michael’s Cathedral on Spry Street. Many times I wondered who those folks in the black suits entering and leaving that old building were. They seemed mysterious.

But really, we have not time ponder. It was church and Sunday school we had to go to. We would enter the church digging into our pockets making sure we didn’t lose that Heavenly 10 cent.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Wild Fruit

Wild Fruit
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Wild Fruit
Forde Road, Garden Land
Bridgetown, Barbados
Series: Images Form St. Michael
(07-25-2007)


There are no architectural wonders here. Not even quite possibly a photographic masterpiece. But this strange inedible wild fruit can be found on many fences and back-yards throughout Barbados. I haven’t the slightest clue as to the name of this red wild thing. They look like a wild small cucumber. And to be honest, I really do not believe many folks even realize that they are there.

My first encounter with this oddity was as a child. The kids in the Garden Land used to crush it in mud and water to make mud-pies. Yes, we played make believe cooking and baking. The crazy things kids come up with, and I was no different.

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