Pirates Of The Caribbean

Aaron finished painting the landing doors this rainy morning, whilst I, through the medium of scanning further colour slides from March 2004, took a virtual trip to sunny Barbados.

Beginning with a continuation of my perambulations along the sheltered coastline in the vicinity of Port St Charles,

Sandpipers 2Sandpipers 3

there was a fling of what I think we decided were some kind of sandpiper.


The golden shoreline blended well with the blue sea, over which a solitary gull flew low.

Tree trunk weathered 1Tree trunks on beach 1

Tree trunks on beach 2Tree trunks on beach 3

Penetrating the sands, levitating, long-dead, lizard-like limbs defied gravity.

The bridge at top left of the second and third of these pictures is one that Sam had navigated when he arrived in Barbados a few days earlier. I wish I could remember what the factory was. Perhaps a cane sugar plant?

Pirate ship 1Pirate ship 2

On a sailing trip on one of the race organisers’ yachts, we observed a shipload of piratical tourists. I rather hoped that all those in the water before the black flag set off for the open sea, had been picked up to enjoy the rest of their trip.

Jackie, over dinner, observed that the onions in the savoury rice that accompanied her delicious chili carne were very finely chopped. That made me feel rather chuffed. She drank Hoegaarden and I finished the graves.


  1. I’ve always loved the term chuffed, Derrick. I’m not sure why, other than maybe because it’s not a word we use in the US.
    The lizard like driftwood is great! Before you even mentioned the word lizard, I was thinking how animal like the wood looked

  2. I enjoyed vicariously visiting the Barbados seaside. The water so clear and sand so warm and,soft looking. The pirate ship was a great feature. Wish I could have managed an “Ahoy there, Matey!” But I was speechless. 😀

  3. I’m sorry but I can’t tell you what the birds are, Derrick. When you’re in foreign parts. it’s even difficult to tell if the members of a group are all the same species. Sandpiper of some kind is a good bet, though!

    1. They look very like Sanderlings, which I gather are found on several continents. Don’t quote me, but I thought they were one of those birds that migrate pole to pole, as (I know*) the Arctic Tern does.
      * “know” in as far as I’ve read it in an authoritative book. I’ve never followed an individual bird, you understand 🙂

  4. Oh, so beautiful! And like others from across the pond, I love the word “chuffed.” Never heard it until very recently.

  5. Took the “booze cruise” in Barbados… I vaguely remember there being beautiful sandy beaches and lovely blue water… vaguely… 😉

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