Friday, February 22, 2008

Windward Highway

It is difficult for me to photograph things on roads because I'm usually driving. However, when Sally's son Chris visited fro Taiwan with his wife Jo, they were able to take pictures when I was driving. These were taken during various road trips to and from Kingstown and one to Georgetown.

Sion Hill.

The roundabout in Arnos Vale.

Arnos vale taken from the bypass road through the hills.

Probably Prospect.

Mt. Pleasant


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Baleine Falls

Baleine Falls is not as easy to see as it used to be. We took a trip up there in a Fantasea boat, but Sally and I chose not to go to the falls themselves. These pictues were taken by Chris Snow, Sally's son, who was visiting us from Taiwan. There was a rockfall that made landing and getting inland more difficult.

The shoreline at the entrance.

Swimming in from the boat.

Coming ashore.

Struggling across the rockfall.

More of the same.

There it is!

Almost there.

The pool

The Falls

Swimming in the pool

Jumping through the falls.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

In between clouds and rain, shot with a Canon 12x digital.

Monday, February 18, 2008


I ran across the following while looking for something else:

Moreau de Jonnes--text now online
Karl Eklind (see, has generously devoted his time to preparing a copy, now online of:
Adventures in the Wars of the Republic and the Consulate (1858)
by Alexandre Moreau De Jonnes,
translated by A. J. Ardy.
(John Murray, London, 1920)

Chapter 6: Martinique - St. Vincent - The Caribs
You can see the full text of the chapter at:
As Karl explained a while back:
"I have known for several years that there was some writing about the Caribs on St. Vincent in 1795 in the memoire that Alexandre Moreau De Jonnes wrote in 1858 but the translation I got had nothing in it. Recently I got a 1920 translation by General Arby that does. I've put those 5 chapters on my St. Vincent blog at It is a very exciting story. Almost too exciting to believe, but it makes sense and De Jonnes turned into a very respected scientist in his mature age. At worst it is like George Washington at Valley Forge--if it has been touched up for the sake of making it more interesting it is no worse than any other history. I think every Garifuna kid, especially young Garifuna girls, should read it; which is why I spent a fair amount of money to buy the book and why I put it on the internet."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Home Sweet Home; John, King & King, eds.

This is the third volume of reprints from Flambeau, a magazine of social commentary and literature published on St. Vincent in the 1960s. Like the earlier volumes, it was edited by Kenneth Johns and Baldwin and Cheryl King.

A celebration of the publication was held at the UWI center in Kingstown on February 15th. The speakers were:

Adrian Fraser, the headmaster of the UWI facility on St. Vincent, where the launching was held.

Baldwin King, Professor Emeritus of Drew University, and one of the editors.

Dr. Kenneth John, a practicing attorney and newspaper columnist, and an editor of the publication,

Among the commeners in the audience was:

Edgar Adams, the author of several historical works about St. Vincent and a member of the group that published Flambeau in the 1960s.

This volume is different from the earlier volumes in that the form, poetry and fiction, allowed the authors to express their emotions more strongly than in the academic conventions of the essay. It thus complements the earlier volumes but can stand alone, depending on one's interests. For those particularly interested in St. Vincent, however, I strongly recommend all three volumes.

Yannis Catamaran Tour

Some of the pictures from this tour are on Flickr at [ ]. If you don't see them right up front, do a search on "Yannis". In the near future this note will be replaced by photos and text.

E. T. Joshua

If you do a search on this blog (with the box on the menu strip above) you will find a couple of essays on the song "Joshua Gone Barbados", an ever-popular song by Eric von Schmidt. This is the portrait of Joshua in the Departure Lounge of the E. T. Joshua National Airport in Arnos Vale, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I took it at the beginning of our catamaran tour of the southern grenadines with Captain Yannis which will be described in a later blog.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

St. Vincent History

The latest in a series of history books by Edgar Adams (who has a bookshop on the Cruise ship dock). This one has a unique collection of translated french texts from the Second Carib War which were not available until this publication.

Leeward Side Boat Tour

Fantasea Tours offers a day tour in a speedboat to the leeward side. This extends from the Young Island Pier in Villa to Baleine Falls, and includes many of the sights along the Caribbean Shore.

Leaving Young Island dock in Villa

Paradise Beach Hotel and Fantasea Botique in Villa

Cruise Ship Pier in Kingstown

Things look different from the water. This is the Administration Building in Kingstown

Immigration Office and Jail, Kingstown. A beautiful example of colonial architecture.

Fort Charlotte. You can see how it might be difficult to charge up to the walls. As a matter of fact it isn't that easy to drive up now.

Leper baths. The leper colony used to be halfway down the hill.

Ottley Hall is a shipyard with extensive repair facilities.

Camden Park is the most concentrated manufacturing area on the island.

I don't know the name of this bay.

Bat cave. It goes right through the headland.

Volcanic debris--lava over thermoclastic ash. One of the clearest examples of how the volcanos built up the island.

New resort area in Buccamen. The apartment condos sell for a quarter-million to a million pounds.

Barrouallie (pronounced to rhyme with merrily). The local fishermen will occasionally bring in a blackfish or pilot whale. A quartet of Barrouallie Whalers has gained an international audience for singing shanties. There used to be a line of stores and houses on the beach side of the road, but they were washed away by Hurricane Lennie and replaced by the breakwater,

Peter's Hope. An estate that was once owned by the Gurneys. The houses up on the hill comprise a low income housing project.

Chateubelaire Island with Mt. Soufriere (the active volcano) in the background.

Swimming in to see Baleine Falls. I will add some new photos taken by Chris Snow to the Baleine folder on flickr.

Back to Wallilabou Harbour. The sets for Pirates of the Caribbean are still here but they are falling apart.

Lunching. I'll add additional photos to the Pirates of the Caribbean folder in Flickr.

The Captain. Not only a good boatman, but a knowledgeable guide.

There are larger versions of these pictures, and many others, on the Flickr site you can reach