The lion, the carrots and the wind

Well the post office lady was right about something. March came in like a lion with the first weekend in March being one of the coldest on record with howling winds and some people also reported hail. But it was a good time to cosy up with warming Indian food – my first on the island.  We went to Ruby Murrys, and had a sample of their finest Indian fare which did not disappoint.  The wahoo (fish) tikka masala is a favourite and I think probably the best peshwari naan bread I have ever had too.  I will be back. 

Last Sunday, which happened to be the coldest day of the year, the Bermuda Tourism Authority hosted a Re-discover Bermuda’s Railway Trail experience, inviting locals to get out and try different activities along the trail – from fishing off the rocks, to fitness, watching a sunset, or doing a spot of yoga. The railway trail is full on contrasts – pristine coastline at one end and lush green trails amongst the bush at the other.  I know I’ve talked about it before but it’s a real asset for Bermuda, particularly when it’s difficult to walk on the roads (no footpaths) in many areas.

I have recently been involved in many conversations about carrots in Bermuda.  Sounds strange I know. And this past Saturday’s farmers’ market trip led me to follow up the research on this.  Carrots are not only extortionately expensive to buy in Bermuda but they are the only vegetable to have a permanent importation ban due to carrot blight which has not reached Bermuda, and the locals want to keep it this way. So this ban, coupled with Bermuda’s climate (it’s too hot in the middle of summer for them to grow) and poor soil, means they can be very hard to get your hands on.  One bunch of carrots will cost you around US$7! Never in my life have I paid the equivalent of $1 a carrot!  But, at least they are grown locally I guess…

In the early hours of this morning we welcomed daylight saving in Bermuda so we are back to nice long evenings.  Only time will tell if March leaves like a lamb or a lion.  I am hoping for the lamb as I am definitely over the winter winds and more than ready for shorts and singlets and summer dresses again now that spring is here.
Kiwi in Bermuda

2 thoughts on “The lion, the carrots and the wind

  1. That is a surprise about the carrots, they are so cheap and “taken for granted” in NZ, sweet and crunchy and eaten so many ways, you will want that experience again, once having been taken for granted, now very much appreciated!


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