Sugar Trade, Barbados.

MS Braemar was docked on Sugar Berth in Bridgetown. Sugar cane cultivation in Barbados began in the seventeenth century. Initially, rum was produced but by 1642, sugar was the focus of the industry. Barbados was divided into large plantation estates which replaced the small holdings of the early English settlers as the wealthy planters pushed out the poorer.To work the plantations, black Africans were imported. After 1750 the plantations were owned by absentee landlords living in Britain and operated by hired managers. The slave trade ceased in 1807 and slaves were emancipated in 1834.

On the dock there is still the remains of the machinery used to load the sugar cane onto the ships for exporting.

Hello in Bridgetown.

Caught up with the Braemar and Funky Blue in Bridgetown, Barbados.

We had a fabulous, fun day filming for the Funky Blue promotional video and website on the Bridgetown Boardwalk, which runs east-west along the waterfront through the capital city.

The Waterfront, Bridgetown.

Filming finished we headed back to the ship on the dollar bus.

Guitarist Oscar

Back on ship the Braemar set off for a night sail to Tobbago.

Leaving Bridgetown port.

Storm Ciara and Spring Tides

Storm Ciara hit the UK with a vengeance today 9th February. Billed as the Storm of the Century, gales reaching over 70 mph in places have disrupted air, sea, rail and road travel.

Met office weather forecast

It’s not been all bad though. A British Airways flight made the fastest subsonic New York to London journey. The Boeing 747-436 reached speeds of 825 mph (1,327 km/h) as it rode a jet stream accelerated by Storm Ciara.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7983919/British-Airways-records-fastest-transatlantic-flight-Storm-Ciara-blows-jet-US.htmlMore info about AMP

It’s been spectacular on Eastbourne Seafront, where Ciara combined with a full moon and spring tides to give a pretty amazing weather picture.

Eastbourne Pier

A spring tide is a tide after a new or full moon, when there is the greatest difference between high and low water. A spring tide or ‘King Tide’ refers to the ‘springing forth’ of the tide during new and full moon.

High waters

American Express and Seagulls.

I was working at the American Express Community stadium recently, Falmer, Brighton. The Stadium, known as the American Express Community Stadium, or colloquially as the Amex, is the home of Brighton and Hove Albion FC (The Seagulls). It hosted Premier League football for the first time in August 2017, following Albion’s promotion at the end of the 2016-2017 season. It was however also it designed to allow hosting for other sports and events and hosted some matches from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Took myself off for a sneaky little solo tour during the lunch break:

‘The Beautiful Game’

Thomas Oken Tearooms. Our recipies.

A shout out to Thomas Oken Tearooms, Warwick:

http://thomasokentearooms.co.uk/

The tearooms are run by mother and daughter, Jo and Jess. Quintessentially English, it’s menu boasts hearty, warming soups, scrumptious cream teas and cakes, real local ales and a whole host of loose leaf teas served in fine bone china teacups- what other way is there to enjoy a cup of tea? All food is freshly prepared using quality ingredients.

Set against the backdrop of Warwick Castle the Tea Rooms building was by Thomas Oken, Philanthropist and one time Mayor of Warwick. It is a perfect place to recuperate after a castle visit.

They have produced this book in response to the may requests from visitors for the recipes to the food sampled in the tea rooms. Copies are available from the online shop website:

http://thomasokentearooms.co.uk/on-line-shop/

I’m slowly working my way through the recipes- !

The Grand Hotel Eastbourne

Winter afternoon treat at the Grand Hotel Eastbourne today. The epitome of old Englishness and luxury, I never tire of this fabulous hotel. Was interested to see whose shoes I followed into that beautiful building. Apparently Claude Debussy, Ernest Shackleton, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Bros have all preceded me:

https://www.grandeastbourne.com/140-years-of-the-grand

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady