Sights of Barbados

Christmas lights up at Oistins in Barbados where Anne and I spent most of this month courtesy our friends Bishop Wilfred & Ina Wood. Oistins is famous for its fish market and for the locally popular Miami Beach where we took sea baths daily with the locals.

Barbadian advertisement which also displays Fat Jack’s reluctance about getting married!

Anne and I took buses to visit the north of Barbados highlight of which was seeing the sea cascading into a cavern called Animal flower cave after the carnivorous sea anemones we saw in this underwater pool.

Barbadian ad for ‘vape & smoke thingies’ which puts into words one’s ignorance about the wide range of smoking substitute devices and what you call them!

This frieze in the Parliament Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados captures the hurt done by Britain to so many Africans over three centuries through their capture and transportation to the West Indies to serve as slaves.
Enjoying a couple of nights at Codrington College, Barbados dated 1745 which is the oldest theological college in the Americas. My links with Codrington go back to 1987 when I first visited to prepare running the Alan Knight Centre for Amerindian ordinands in Guyana where Anne and I were married in 1988.

Resting on a hike down to Bath Beach from Codrington College, Barbados on a hike with ordinands Peter Ferguson and Raymon Cummings in front who’s from Guyana.

At the Boabab Tree in Queen’s Park, Bridgetown, Barbados which is 90ft tall and has 81ft girth and is estimated to be 1000 years old. It's not native to Barbados but originated in Guinea, West Africa from where it is thought a seed floated across the Atlantic and grew on the edge of a lagoon.

Great to worship a few times this month at St Michael, Cathedral in Bridgetown which will shortly be the scene for the consecration and enthronement of a new Bishop, Barbadian Fr Michael Maxwell (47), Rector of Holy Trinity Church in St Philip, Barbados.

With Anne on our visit earlier this month to Sunbury Plantation House, Barbados where we some of the bearded fig trees sight of which led the Portuguese to name Barbados, ‘the bearded ones’.

‘De Hole in de Pailing Bar’ restaurant in Oistins, Barbados

Lament on a Barbadian trash can bewailing theft of its big brother!

Barbadian dry stone wall above Animal flower cave with sea views on the north east coast less attractive for bathing on account of the Atlantic swell.

Anne and I visited the well preserved Bridgetown Synagogue oldest in the western hemisphere opened 1654. Expulsion of Jews from Brazil brought blessing to Barbados when they arrived with their expertise in sugar extraction. Many of the graves are of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi persecution in the 20th century to find a safe place on the island.