Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sugar: More Holiday Snaps

Sugar cane fields surround Sunbury Plantation House. These must have been horribly hard to work in in the burning sun.

Sugar the source of wealth for Barbados in past centuries - wealth not evenly distributed - but this is a blog not a political treatise. Suffice it to say, things are much changed  and for the better I think. We come merely to enjoy a historical artifact.

Sunbury Plantation House must have been a delight to live in. Not too very huge - there are four bedrooms

but with a super huge downstairs where large numbers could dine in splendor on the astoundingly long dining table. Anne Marie gave a most interesting short talk then let us wander about at our own pace.

The house looks as if the owners have just wandered out for the day - so many hats to protect against the bright Caribbean sun!

Jalousie widows open to allow for a cross breeze.

Airy bedrooms

a collection of cameras.

 photo courtesy of James Lapsley.

In the gardens, beneath the banyan tree, a huge container that would have been used for boiling down sugar.  Look at the 'beards' hanging from the tree. Diana said she was glad Barbados had no snakes!

Then we had a delicious cream tea and talked about the past.


  1. Good morning! I see that you have escaped the snow and ice and are enjoying a bit of tropical warmth, sun and surf. An excellent idea!

  2. I have always love the "Plantation styled Jalousie windows.
    Such lovely photos.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. What beautiful places you have been visiting!

    The plantation house is fabulous, yet I completely agree that it must have been awful working in the sugar cane fields.

    Fun to see those banyan trees, too.

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your time in the sunshine.


  4. Enjoyed the plantation house visit and nice bright colours in the cemetery. Looks like you had a great holiday.

  5. What an absolutely beautiful house. I'm so envious!

  6. Thanks for your recent visits to my blog and Facebook posts Elizabeth. Having been absent for quite some time I am going through a phase of updating my presence on the internet - but I will never be the whizz that is required to stay current.

    I like your photographs of the plantation house. I visited an absolutely beautiful antebellum house in Mississippi a few years ago but unfortunately photography was not permitted. I still have the images imprinted in my mind but would love to have been able to revisit them via photographs.

  7. Your photos are always so beautiful Elizabeth.. always makes me wat to be there. You have gift with the camera. :o)

  8. Love all pictures of your trip!
    Sounds you had a wonderful time.


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