It’s started raining in waves; a sure sign the dry season (kawem) is drawing to a close and the hurricane season is approaching. When it comes in short, sharp bursts like this, everything gets soggy fast. I don’t think this broad-winged hawk was too impressed with it all.
People ask me about the hurricane season, imagining, I assume, endless days of wild winds and driving rain. But actually it’s not like that. The weather is often great; clear, deep blue skies and high temperatures. The only problem is that every now and then these monsters roll across the Atlantic like giant ten-pin bowling balls and we in the Lesser Antilles all worry if we’re living on the skittle that’s going to be knocked down next.
Early morning. Ran out of deodorant. Decide to pick some up on the way to the building site. Only two places likely to be open at this time; the 7-11 or the 24-hour pharmacy. Thinking they may have a better selection, I opt for the pharmacy.
“Good morning. Do you have men’s deodorant ?”
“Just this one here,” she says, pointing to a shelf full of roll-ons.
“What is it ?” I ask.
“Black Sweat,” she replies.
“I’m sorry ?”
“Black Sweat,” she says again.
“Black Sweat ? It’s called Black Sweat ?”
“How much is it ?”
So now I have to decide if I’d like my armpits to smell of white sweat or black sweat. There seems to be no other choice.
“Okay, I’ll take it.”
She takes my money and puts the Black Sweat into a brown paper bag, making it look like something illicit.
I exit the shop, sit in my car and take it out.
Black Suede, reads the label, and I smile.
I lather it on and head up to the building site smelling like a cheap night out.
Dominica News Online asked if they could publish my Quest for Petroglyphs blog post on their website. I’ve read some of the comments with interest. It seems to have captured the imagination of most and I’m now even more driven to continue the search. Perhaps I should form a Petroglyph Hunters club ?!
One person mentioned the Layou petroglyphs in St Vincent. Here’s a photo of them from when I was last there.
And here’s a photo of the Duquesne petroglyph in Grenada
It would be awesome to find something like this in Dominica … I’ll keep looking !
I like to see murals and I wish there were more of them around. The Cuban Five on Ship St in Roseau is my favourite on this island (though I do like the Indigo bus stop in Borne), but the best I have seen on my travels so far is this one on a wooden building called The Edenic Castle on Carriacou.
When I eventually get around to building a garden shed, I may have to call this guy and ask him to come and paint it for me. Really love it.
Dusk at Pointe Baptiste, Dominica
Bwa Kwaib (Sabinea carinalis), the national flower of Dominica, in full bloom near the summit of Morne Espagnol today.
Here are a couple of nice views from the ‘top end’.
This is a view from Lower Pennville down the coast towards Vielle Case. In the near distance, Calibishie and Pointe Baptiste. In the far distance, Morne Trois Pitons.
This is a view from the road between Pennville and Vielle Case. I just love the mountains and the greenery. Quintessential Dominica.