Well winter in Bermuda is certainly a time of contrasts and the last few weeks have been super windy. Take yesterday for instance, gail force gusts and the heavens opening up, thunder, lightning, sticky (and smelly) humidity and then today, as if by some magic, a perfect day with crystal clear blue skies and a light breeze with temperatures in the mid 20s (c).
On a day like today, you really have to pinch yourself to make yourself realise that you live in such a beautiful place. So with my newfound appreciation I set out on a run to the South Shore beaches. In no time I was in awe of the coast line and vast blue ocean stretching out well beyond the reef line and as far as the eye can see. Holy moly I am in paradise (OK so runner’s high had definitely kicked in by this stage and I’d forgotten that it costs $1+ for an apple in Bermuda)… but still, it was breathtaking.
After my run and in need of some sustenance, we jumped in the car and headed on a trip to St George’s, starting with lunch at The Wharf – a great place with loads of outdoor seating right alongside the water. It was the perfect location for a glass of sancerre and a wahoo fish sandwich and watching boats come and go and children taking sailing lessons in the distance.
Refuel complete, we went exploring Alexandra Park Battery (an old fort) at the South Eastern end of St George’s island and then on to neighbouring Building Bay Beach which is famous for washed up sea glass.
Lots of sea glass actually ends up in Bermuda due to the currents. You certainly won’t find them on every beach as there’s only a select few that must be oriented in the direction whereby currents wash them up there (and one particular beach the sea glass is ‘protected’ so you aren’t allowed to take it with you). What was once a glass jar discarded at sea might spend years and years getting tumbled and dragged through friction which results in its edges becoming incredibly smooth before being delivered to a beach – a pretty amazing journey! We had a load of fun picking through the thousands of pieces. They are rather pretty.
After sea glass hunting we stopped at the old St Catherine’s jetty, no longer an active jetty but a great photo nonetheless.
Back closer to home, we finished the Sunday outing exploring some beaches on the South Shore. It surprises me that there are still so many hidden gems in Bermuda that you need to find out about from someone else. Believe me, they are not obvious, so you may need to be told of a secret drive way or road that leads to somewhere incredible – or a stretch of beach with only footprints left behind and not a person in sight. Amazing.
I’m not too sure what March will bring weather wise. The lady at the post office this other day told me March either arrives like a Lion and leaves like a Lamb or arrives like a Lamb and leaves like a Lion! I’m not sure what I’d prefer.
Kiwi in Bermuda