Thursday, 11 July 2013

Spice Island...

Last week was our 14th wedding anniversary.  
We went to "Dodgy Dock" for dinner and they gave us this card.  
It says:  2 Hearts, 2 Minds, In Time did Find - 1 Love, One Aim, 2 Paths the same.

Time flies... we have been together 18 years now and what a awesome journey we are having!

We went to a "cooking class".  These ladies have an awesome sense of humour - 
We were sipping Rum Punch listening to their banter, then finished by tasting all the food.

Now we know why Grenada is called "The Spice Island".  
They grow Cashew Nuts,

Among many other things they grow Turmeric, Bay, Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg - these photos are just a sample of the huge industry Nutmeg and Mace is...  

 Hurricane Ivan in 2004 devastated 90% of the Nutmeg Trees
(as was 90% of the roofs of the buildings here destroyed) 

They also grow Cocoa here - at the processing plant this was the sign on the door


You can also still see the feeling of the people after the invasion from the Americans in 1983

 This beautiful coloured tree is a Eucalyptus



 They have three "legal" Rum distilleries on the island.  This one is the oldest, dating back to 1786.  It is still run in much the same way, using a water wheel

The Sugar cane moves up this conveyor
  and the "husks" from the sugar cane is then sent on this rail trolley
  to be used for burning to heat the sugarcane
 The distilling process is then in these large chambers.
I again went to the Readers Programme - it was the last day for 2 months as the children now are on summer holidays.  It is amazing seeing the interaction of the kids here, the elder ones look after the younger ones - they are amazingly polite

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