I recently visited a couple’s home, which is currently a small construction site because they are building on to the property.
Bermuda homes are unique and are one of the characteristics that people remember the most when they visit the Island. All homes have stone walls with a white roof. The stone walls are built to endure harsh weather conditions like hurricanes and are required to be able to endure wind speeds of over 100 mph. The white roofs are made from limestone, used to filter fresh water from rainfall to underground tanks. Most homes have one to two water tanks and residents are grateful for any type of rainfall. Otherwise, when the tanks run dry, water has to be ordered and delivered by one of the various water supply companies that will send a water truck to the residence and fill the tank with the requested supply.
Homes paint the island with a variety of pastel colors and wooden shutters.
During the week of Easter in Bermuda, you will hear nothing short of these three words – Fishcakes, Hot Cross Buns & Kites. Yes – Hot Cross Buns! The island wide tradition is for households (and restaurants) to make Fishcakes (with codfish) and Hot Cross Buns (typically with raisins and frosting). Every Good Friday in Bermuda, people of all ages will fly their many variations of kites at beaches, parks, backyards and cricket fields throughout the island. My favorite part of this holiday is the abundance of fishcakes. Fishcakes will be delivered to many households over the long weekend and those who didn’t make any will surely stop by someone’s house who is promised to have more than enough. Food plays a huge roll in a lot of the holidays celebrated on the island. Although fishcakes can be found throughout the year, they are typically made the most during Easter.
Chewstick’s Bermuda Good Friday Kitefest – Horseshoe Bay Beach At one of Bermuda’s popular beaches, Chewstick will host this event with a Kite Competition, egg hunt, fun races with music provided by local talent and a performance by the Bermuda Gombey’s.
St. David’s Cricket Club: The Gilbert Lamb Day At this cricket club, families will also participate in a variety of events including a kite competition, fishcake & hot cross bun competition, three legged race, egg and spoon race, tug-o-war, pie eating and hotdog eating competitions and the Mohawk Grand Prix Go-cart Race.
Yesterday I supported friends at the Par 3 Bacardi World Championship at the Turtle Hill Golf Club Fairmont Southampton Bermuda . In its fourth year, the event was a success with participants from all over the world. On Sunday I followed Camiko Smith as he played, and acted as his caddy when showers down poured for the remainder of the afternoon. He tied for 7th place in the pro division while another friend, Jevon Roberts won the amateur division.
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