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Standing Proud and Tall

This past week’s WordPress photo challenge required us to focus on a relic and included this note:

“Share a photo of what “relic” means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, an historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.”

I decided to share this photo of a beautiful old windmill taken on a recent drive through the countryside.  It just begged to be photographed and we couldn’t resist pulling over on to the grass verge (which caught the attention of the resident guard dog we might add!).

 

Old Barbados Windmill | Photo by Gale E

Old Barbados Windmill | Photo by Gale E

 

Old Barbados Windmill accompanied by guard dog | Photo by Gale E

Old Barbados Windmill accompanied by guard dog | Photo by Gale E

To help you understand and appreciate the historical significance of this relic, here is what we know (as per www.barbados.org):

“Barbados once had the second highest number of windmills per square mile in the world, second only to Holland which is known as the world’s famous “Windmill Country”.

These old windmills can be seen dotted throughout our countryside. Local architects have designed and converted some of them into beautiful homes, others stand alone, while some are still part of plantation estates, like the one in the garden at the home of Best of Barbados (in Welches, St.Thomas) which once a year is covered completely with the most glorious yellow blossoms.

These windmills now stand as proud examples of days gone by when “sugar was king”. The Barbados…Did You Know page reveals that in 1846 Barbados had a total of 506 windmills!

The Morgan Lewis Windmill has been restored by the Barbados National Trust and is well worth a visit.”

 

Thanks to this week’s challenge I was able to fall in love all over again with our rich Barbadian history; much appreciated!


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My Second Visit to Haiti: Admiring the Beautiful Creativity of Haitian People

Haitian Art hanging on a wall next to the road

Haitian Art displayed for sale on a wall next to the road

Close up of roadside wall art

Close up of roadside wall art

Arrived in Haiti yesterday and sharing some initial photos.  It was too dark to take any good photos of our surroundings but I was able to capture some of the fabulous Hatian art which we saw.

Haitians are extremely creative and resourceful artists, using lots of recycled items.  You can see their craft not only being sold by vendors on the side of the roads but also hanging on the walls of buildings like our hotel, Best Western Premier.   Everything to be seen is handmade – carved, painted, sculpted … all very very beautiful.

Wall art gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby

Wall art gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby

Beautiful chandeliers, also in the hotel lobby

Beautiful chandeliers, also in the hotel lobby

History

To offer a little history, Haiti was discovered by Christopher Columbus on 5 December 1492.  Yet, it is probably more known for political turmoil and names such as Toussaint Louverture, Napoleon Bonaparte, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Jean-Claude Duvalier (known as Baby Doc), and Jean-Bertrand Aristide than for its artisans.  In 2010, the country was devastated by a terrible earthquake of 7.0 magnitude which left a million Haitians homeless and a death toll of approximately 220,000 people.  

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