Sidestepping

My mid-week commentary is just not going to happen at this point. I have had many pleasant distractions to start the year, including a young visitor whose company we have enjoyed. When he leaves on Sunday, I will return to my writing routine, and you shall have your Sunday commentary on time. I promise!

Meanwhile, here are a few photographs I took on our ramblings with visitor… They aren’t quite over, yet.

Enjoy…

Blue Hole (Blue Lagoon), Portland.
Blue Hole (Blue Lagoon), Portland. Yes, it is this color, and incredibly deep.
Hill view from Mockingbird Hill, Portland.
Hill view from Mockingbird Hill, Portland.
Artist's house, Black Rock, Portland. He has interesting installations along the roadside in front of his house.
Artist’s house, Black Rock, Portland. He has interesting installations along the roadside in front of his house.
Boston Bay, Portland.
Boston Bay, Portland.
Sunlight and shadow on the river. Frenchman's Cove, Portland.
Sunlight and shadow on the river. Frenchman’s Cove, Portland.
The beach at Long Bay, Portland.
The beach at Long Bay, Portland.
Our visitor contemplates the ocean. Long Bay, Portland.
Our visitor contemplates the ocean. Long Bay, Portland.
View from Mockingbird Hill, Portland.
View from Mockingbird Hill, Portland.
Friendship Gap on the Junction Road is a place to stop and refresh yourself. Frankly though, none of these soup options appeal to me…
Friendship Gap on the Junction Road is a place to stop and refresh yourself. Frankly though, none of these soup options appeal to me… Pumpkin Soup with Chicken Foot, Red Peas and Peanut (no meat), Red Peas and Cow Skin.
Women at market, Port Antonio.
Women at market, Port Antonio.

18 thoughts on “Sidestepping

  1. Punkin`and chicken foot don’t appeal to you?!?! Goodness, I think your passport should be re-examined. i have never had a better soup anywhere than the soups of Jamaica. And pumpkin and chicken-foot have to be among the best. ( Along with Portland’s red pea, Busso, crayfish, and the soup at Farmers’ bar on Red Hills rd.outside of Port Antonio.

    i still remember an early trip through the Port Antonio market, on a Sat. in the ’90s, when I first saw a table (about the size of what we call a “card table”) heaped high with chicken feet. I was impressed…. And I have never tasted better chicken soup than that made with chicken foot– feet. (And yes, I do eat the foot–happily sucking the bones clean.).
    petchary– you’re sounding a bit ‘uptown’ 😉

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    1. Yes, I suppose I DO sound a bit uptown!! Can’t deny it. But I am generally really fussy about any kind of meat or part of an animal, I’ve always been that way. I know that chicken soup does taste good with chicken foot in it and have eaten it (but no, not eating the foot itself!!) YES, I know the bar that sells the soup with janga etc in it on that road outside Port Antonio. Our son used to love that soup – in fact, somewhere I have a photo of him and my husband sitting down outside the bar with a big bowl each… Not sure if they still do the soup, it used to be only on weekends.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, we should be on that list! Blue Lagoon is really amazing. The colors are so rich and always changing. I didn’t notice the sunlight filtering through the leaves onto the water until I looked at the photo afterwards. Hope your snow and slush departs soon!

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