The midday sun seared down over the Gunpowder House as I drove up the dusty gravelled lane, past the sparse scrubland where a mare and her foal were grazing, to meet the iconic Naydene Gonnella.
Her feet are firmly on the ground yet her imagination is swimming with the mermaids - her art sings of the sea and the vibrancy of the Caribbean. Meet Maria:
Who doesn't want a burst of Antiguan black pineapple blended with ginger, cardamom and cinnamon - iced and refreshing with passion fruit jellies or mango bubbles?
For anyone with a sailing mind, Antigua Sailing Week is one of the good regattas on the calendar, boasting well organized courses, beautiful warm and breezy conditions and of course, a great party scene to go with it, in true Caribbean style.
Where Caribbean holidays are concerned, the little island of Antigua packs a real punch.
I am incredibly fortunate to be in Antigua this year for the culmination of The World's Toughest Row, or the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge: where men and women embark on a rowing race 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, leaving from the Canary Islands on the 20th December 2015 and arriving into Antigua whenever they can make … Continue reading Number 1 reason to be in Antigua Right Now!
"White sands, Christmas breeze, Sweet red sorrel and poinsettia tree, Me heart's so tankful, what can me do? Me gonna put more love in de world - God so big, me so small, how can me tank Him enough for all? He sent Jesus an Jesus say me, to put more love in de world" … Continue reading Christmas-a-Come Caribbean style with a Coconut Crush recipe
I am lying on my bed with my feet on the pillows. Some would call it upside down or back-to-front. I like it. There is no point following the crowd. My eyes are closed. I can feel the breeze blowing through the louvers and hear the thrum, thrum of the fan swirling above my head. I … Continue reading In loving memory of Cappa
The streets are awash with people. The cortège can barely pass in between the spectators. The music is shaking the ground. Street vendors have set up mini bars. Carnival has been on for more than a week now. There are events every day, with the culmination on the first Monday and Tuesday in August. These days are public … Continue reading Antigua Carnival 2015 – a fun and frenzied festival, not for the feint hearted
We could hear the beat long before we saw anything coming. The streets were lined with bunting. People were waiting by the roadside. The atmosphere was euphoric. It is carnival week in Antigua. Each day there is something different happening. On Tuesday it was the T-shirt Mas. On Thursday it was the children's parade. I … Continue reading Antigua Children’s Carnival Parade – where colour and music collide