On another rainy day, with me not yet fully recovered, and Ian coming down with the cold, we had to postpone Becky’s birthday meal out. I scanned another batch of Barbados colour slides from May 2004, and Jackie stocked up on tissues and medications.
Cacti were flowering profusely.
I don’t know what this plant is (See Mostly Mondays’ comment below. It is calotropis),
but I do recognise hibiscus,
and bougainvillea which grows everywhere on the island.
Maybe these are breadfruit, (actually coconuts, see PS) but most of the Google images have dimpled skins.
A lone stork stands out from the long grass by the sea,
on the coast of which expensive holiday homes
contrast with the traditional wooden chattel houses.
I was surprised to see a horse lurking in the hedgerow, but have since learned that racing is a popular pastime, dating from the colonial years.
This is possibly a grackle, or a Barbadian Black Bird.
The iridescent blue tinge on the neck of the Zenaida dove is intriguing.
I expect there were plans for this rusting drum.
I have seen graffiti in many forms, but only on Barbados has it been carved into succulents.
This evening Jackie collected our meal from Hordle Chinese Take Away which was as good and as plentiful as usual. My drink was Kumala reserve shiraz 2012; Beccy’s, rose; Jackie’s, Hoegaarden; and Ian’s, Tiger beer.
PS. Following the comments of wolfberryknits and Mary Tang, I have corrected my text to show coconuts for breadfruit.