Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.
The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 3
The day before Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the night of September 17th 2017, views from the lovely gardens of Jacoway Inn were somewhat restricted by the tall hedges of shrubs and trees, providing shade and privacy.
This changed overnight, and now eight months later the property boundaries of bright oranges, yellows and greens of tall crotons are regrown. Before long, overlooking the surrounding banana gardens and the few neighbouring homes will only be possible from the upper floors of the Inn. Continue reading →
The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 2
Inland, behind the bayside village of Calibishie resides the main part of a very international community along the several spectacular ridges and valleys which lead down to the beach and bay. New, architecturally designed expensive homes are dotted along the ridge summits amongst banana gardens, grazing cattle, and borderless, family smallholdings, enjoying panoramic views to the village below and the Atlantic beyond.
Up here, the hurricane blasted trees take their time to grow new branches, but on the ground, good husbandry has ensured that all the massive, dead branches have been cleared away and recycled elsewhere. Continue reading →
The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business
The deep blue Atlantic Ocean gleams under a hot Caribbean sun. The cool, sweet tradewinds blow a cleansing breeze into the beachfront mainstreet of Calibishie adding to the recuperative sense of regeneration found throughout the lower village and the surrounding community in the hills behind.
The Dominica Triangle – Unsolved Mysteries of a Caribbean Road
Along a two mile stretch of the road in Dominica, vehicles just fall off the side of the road inexplicably! This has nothing to do with the cellphone in the driver’s hand and certainly nothing to do with any cans of Kubuli often seen around the sites of these events.
It seems that every year as the days of December are fading away, people get into a contemplative mood about what the New Year can bring. This is a time for the great declarations of intentions that, whilst seeming noble and achievable from December 31st until Jan 4th, become boring and failed from Jan 5th! Continue reading →
Living in a country setting – to a city denizen at least – can remain a distant wish over many years of summing up the pros and cons of whichever lifestyle you feel the most comfortable with. Having all the services, conveniences, streetlights and ease of urban commute remains a deep-rooted warmth that many would not give up, even for the rustic purity of fresh air, more space and fewer vehicles clogging the highways. Some of us though have thrown caution to the big winds, made the move to the remote environs and as they say in ‘street cred’ “Bring it on, ‘mon’- bring it on!” Continue reading →
Weather is here, winds are slight, guess the promised strong winds are still yet to arrive. Maybe late today, the seas and winds will be up. But it’s the Caribbean, they’ll probably arrive late. Nothing starts on time here anyhow.
Like the Music Fest, they lay out this elaborate schedule, then they throw the clocks away. The main attraction is put on late, say 10pm, but rarely gets going before 2am, kind of frustrating. Of course each band starts later and later, for some reason they think it fashionable to be late, but it’s unprofessional. In certain circles, you would be banned. Try playing a gig an hour or two late in Vegas, you’ll be run out of town. Continue reading →
This is a very interesting question? I have recently started working in the real estate business and was asked to write this blog! Well it is a learning process but it is fun as it gives one licence to post more or less anything of interest to others. We deal in Caribbean real estate but have come originally from other different countries to settle in this tropical haven.
Most people who emigrate leaving their birth place for good are unusual, or should I say used to be unusual when I emigrated 19 years ago. Now the world seems to be such a small place. You can hop on a plane and be anywhere you like within 24 hours.
Watch out for stuff on the island roads. I came across a snapped fan belt, that luckily wasn’t mine. Then I came across a half bumper. Now how does someone drive down the road and lose half a bumper and not notice?
Recently, a jeep hit a speed bump and their back door flew open and their new machete, fell out and landed in the middle of the road. Nearby hitchhikers were hollering at the driver, as he seemed clueless, his rear door had flown open. Finally he stopped to shut the door again. Continue reading →