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From Dominica – Jacoway Inn, Part 3

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

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.
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Simple Tips to Help Maintain Your Pool

Anguilla Villa Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

Anguilla Villa
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land and Property

There’s nothing quite like Caribbean living — relaxing by the pool after a long day or while entertaining friends, cocktail in hand, and taking a leisurely dip when the mood strikes. For this reason, having a pool in your own backyard is the ultimate dream for many homeowners. But, like anything worth having in life, keeping your pool clean and safe takes work. A poorly maintained pool results in algae and debris buildup, as well as expensive repairs. Fortunately, all this can be avoided with the following simple tips to help maintain your Caribbean pool. Continue reading

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Maintaining an Idyllic Caribbean Garden

Caribbean Garden's foliage

Caribbean Garden’s foliage

So, you are living the dream with your house in the Caribbean and are loving life from a luxurious pool deck overlooking turquoise waters – well that’s the idea our friends outside of the Caribbean will always have!

However, reality can be slightly different and we do have to worry about the maintenance of our gardens, gutters, cars etc, like everyone else.  In the Caribbean whether you are an avid gardener or not, the surrounds of your home have to be kept neat and tidy otherwise it will quickly become a nightmare of vines and new species of bugs. So, here are a few ways that you can keep your garden in tip-top shape without over working and leaving ample time for enjoying the Caribbean sunshine. Continue reading

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Caribbean Water Cisterns

Grenada roof with guttering.

Grenada roof with guttering.
Photo Credit : Caribbean Land & Property

The cistern system utilised in the Caribbean is one of the most innovative and cost effective ways of capturing and storing large quantities of fresh rain water.

For the everyday Caribbean home owners, the cistern is merely an addition to the house. But, in fact, when we examine the secret life of a cistern – its appreciation is deepened and this multifaceted, pivotal part of every Caribbean homes’s functionality becomes simply – a blessing! Many islands experience water shortages during periods of low rainfall or unexpected water interruptions from the local water boards and then – old faithful, heroically, steps in and saves the day or even weeks!
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Life is a Beach – Examining the Benefits of Seawater

The Many Benefits of Seawater

We Caribbean islands are remarkably similar and diverse at the same time. One thing we do have in common is that as islands we are all surrounded by the sea. But then the distinctions emerge – on some beaches you find the seawater is a clear with a bright turquoise radiance and on others is a shady dark blue. On some islands you can wade out a far distance from the shore before the water reaches your belly button and on others you are plunged immediately into 20ft chasms!
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Once Is Not Enough – Making Use of Greywater

Water conservation and Collecting Greywater

In looking into ways I can green my home I’m exploring the possibilities of using Greywater.

Greywater? I know it doesn’t sound all that appealing does it? Not like something you want to bathe and splash about in! But in light of the precious need to conserve water, the use of greywater can be an absolute essential for eco-living.

I was searching reliable online shop for my delicate purchase and here it is! :) ? We would strongly recommend you to consult your doctor before taking a medication.

Greywater is the water that’s been used in a household for bathing, washing dishes and clothes, and for practical purposes also includes water collected from balconies and paved areas around a home, which can be contaminated with household cleaning products or other contaminants . It is generally not that dirty and much different from blackwater which is from the toilet and needs to be treated completely separately.

In my last blog I spoke about the benefits of using compost toilets which provides a solution to both the creation of blackwater and wastage of water caused by flushing. If however you were not convinced that a compost toilet is your best option you could instead flush with greywater rather than clean potable water and benefit doubly by saving resources and reusing a resource that would otherwise have gone to waste. There are many ways to make use of greywater in the home and these range from simple direct-use techniques to more complex filtration systems. An example of a direct use is to have the plumbing from the sink, shower or washing machine be routed through the garden for irrigation purposes. Other more complex systems, like Living Machines, use plants to filter and purify the water in order to reclaim it as fresh water.

It should be mentioned that whilst reusing greywater is a relatively simple thing, I have discovered there are many considerations that one should be aware of before tinkering with the household plumbing system. If done correctly I will save loads of water and have the satisfaction of recycling and reusing the most valuable commodity on Earth! Do it wrong however and I’ll likely end up with a system that is at best ineffective and at worst contributes more pollution than it avoids – yikes!

I’m making my way through the website of Art Ludwig, greywater expert and author of the seminal book ‘Creating an Oasis with Greywater’ and ‘The Builders Greywater Guide’. The site has some great builder’s tips and an extensive list and description of the mistakes to avoid when installing greywater systems. There are also many other online resources to research before taking the very metaphorical ‘plunge’ into greywater!

So I shall keep exploring the possibilities to discover how I can best use greywater in my home and environment. If you have installed a greywater system in your house please do share your experiences!

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The Fluid of Life – The Healing Qualities of Coconut Water

Coconut Water and its Healing Qualities

After exploring the healing qualities of Caribbean Sea and Sulphur waters I could not resist continuing the watery theme and raving about one of my favourite cleansing waters on the planet; coconut water. Of course I am not talking about bathing in it but going internal and drinking it – preferably in gloriously large quantities!

Tall palm trees bearing coconuts is a quintessential image of tropical Caribbean islands. Yet more than just an iconic figure, coconut trees are a vital and life enhancing part of daily living. The uses for this amazing plant are multiple, but for now I’m focusing on the juicy, delicious water contained within the tender coconuts. For anyone unfamiliar with it, coconut water is the water from a young coconut and is not the same as coconut milk from the mature ‘nuts’ which I recently wrote about as being in my all-time favourite food list!
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Precious Water

Water, Precious Water

I used to shower onboard my princely yacht of 30 feet, with only a gallon of water and actually get really clean. There was a method to my madness. On days I wanted to wash my long hair, I splurged and used two gallons. I actually do take longer showers on land, but feel so guilty, about wasting water, that I am often in and out of the shower in under 3 minutes, 5 minutes if doing my hair. I guess old habits are hard to die.
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