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.
Yesterday I had the privilege of not only witnessing a miracle but actually participating in one! No, I did not levitate, walk on water or turn water into wine…but I did manage to get an extremely sour orange to taste like a sugar coated candy. How? Well the miracle was Miracle Fruit.
Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a small red berry that is native to West Africa esta web but grows well in most tropical regions.
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After sucking on the pulpy seed for about a minute your taste buds are dramatically transformed so that everything that was once sour or bitter tastes extremely sweet and delicious. Continue reading →
Since my last post I’ve been steadily enjoying mangos and since it’s one of life’s pleasures that have numerous health benefits, I’m feeling great! The bright yellow/orange flesh of the mango signifies that nutritionally it is high in vitamins A and C – the great antioxidants that help the immune system and protect our cells from damage.
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Mangos are also a rich source of iron and are a positive source of this nutrient for those suffering with anemia. Continue reading →
Few things in the world are more satisfying than biting in to a ripe and juicy mango. The sensory pleasure that comes from the taste, texture and the feeling of the juice running down your arm is a pure delight!
Mango season in the Caribbean is at its height right now and there is an abundance of fruits throughout the summer although there are always a few odd trees sprouting some off season varieties. Mangos originated in Asia and have a rich and long history. However whilst they are not indigenous to the Caribbean they have settled into the region for so many years that it would be impossible to disassociate the islands with the mango fruit. Continue reading →
Love is like a pineapple “ sweet and indefinable” (anon)
Ananas cosmosus is to the botanist, what simple pineapples are to you and me.
Anana, in fact is an old Caribbean word meaning “excellent fruit.” This fruit is devoured with relish universally, though only grown in abundance throughout the tropical regions.
Most of the world views the pineapple, unfortunately, in a can as slices or chunks wallowing in its own juice, whereas the West Indians and their tourists alike get to taste the real, fresh product that comes straight up, or as a component in many attractive dishes. Continue reading →