We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Readers know that when the Bird Dog family travels, we often stay clear of the madding crowds. It is a preference for certain sorts of things, roads less traveled and all that.
When I get my photos in order (I took around 40 snaps which is a lot for me, mostly corny landscapes), I will show and tell about some parts of Barbados many visitors never see, far from the beach resorts and the golf courses but never far from Flying Fish Sandwiches and rum. This pic from one of our hikes, along the north coast:
Bajan Rum Punch - The recipe is so deeply ingrained in Barbados' culture that its recipe is a well-known rhyme: "One of sour, two of sweet, three of strong, four of weak."
(Makes about 2 1/2 quarts)
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 2 cups simple syrup (equal parts white sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves) 3 cups Barbados rum (Clear or amber, and just 2 cups if you want to enjoy more of it) 4 cups water (or partly orange juice or papaya, or mango...) A few dashes of Angostura bitters Grated nutmeg
well....I would suggest using Dememara sugar, which is the coarse light brown intermediate stage in the sugar refining process, and also consider replacing 1-2 cups of water with portugal juice. All else: Check!
In Trinidad there are scores of abandoned plantations from the colonial era that still have producing cocoa and citrus. These are commonly harvested by the locals and sold at the side of the road. One of the really old varieties of mandarin-type citrus is the portugal, which tastes like a mix of tangerine and clementine and mandarin. They are widely sold and a 'portugal juice' is a common order in Trinidadian restaurants and bars. It's a very old variety and probably wouldn't sell too well these days because it has lots of seeds. Great unique flavor, though.