Nowadays it’s called “self-care.” I am getting in the habit of it these days; both my husband and I have learned the little things (it’s mostly the little things) that make us each feel better. Some of them we share – but not all. So here is a short list of experiences, tastes, feelings that … More In the home comfort zone
Earth Day is tomorrow – Thursday, April 22. I am planning to spend part of it (virtually) with birds. No doubt, the birds in our garden may make an appearance or voice their thoughts on the state of our Planet. The Jamaican Woodpecker, for example, with his overly loud, imperious screech (I feel I want … More Earth Day with the birds
Yes, it was quite a year. I am continuing with my overview of the year 2019, as experienced by the intrepid band of birdwatchers that make up BirdLife Jamaica (BLJ). I missed a couple of events in the summer, but here goes… On June 1, a group led by Ricardo Miller trekked to Schwallenburgh in … More BirdLife Jamaica’s 2019 Adventures: Part 2
It was a marvellous event at the Jamaica Conference Centre earlier this week. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) held its annual Schools Environment Programme awards. The students were clearly proud of their displays, ready to explain and demonstrate. The teachers sat to one side – it was the children’s big day. There was so much to see; I … More JET’s Champion School From the Hills of Hanover Wins for the Second Consecutive Year in Schools’ Environment Programme
Do animals get lonely? Are they “happy” with their own company? When I was thinking about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude – I found two photographs I took of our fellow creatures, quite alone. Jamaican Woodpeckers often like to perch at the top of the lamp post near our home. I watch them, … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude (The Fox and the Woodpecker)
Well, the song is June Is Busting Out All Over, from the gorgeous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel… It’s a rousing, jolly song, with a macho sort of chorus kicking things off and a lot of energetic (and athletic) dancing in the middle. As in most of these fifties musicals, everyone is well-scrubbed, clean and white, in the original … More Spring Is Busting Out All Over!
As you may know, I am just not good at getting up in the morning; and yesterday was particularly damp and grey, with no sign of the sun. So it was, I confess, a bit of a struggle. Yet at 6:30 a.m. there I was, in a taxi cab, roaring up Old Hope Road for … More Birds Brighten the Grey Gardens
The last weeks of 2010 have been remarkably beautiful in Jamaica. The simple, pale blue of the morning sky. Dove-grey clouds like cotton wool piled up on the top of the hills, with the faintest promise of rain. An American Redstart flitting in the shade of the bougainvillea bushes – acid orange and velvety black … More Beautiful/Sad