BASICS: "Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this glittering fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with reverence..." (J. J. Audubon).
This is a blog about my summer life at the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary, at my winter garden, Calypso, in the Bahamas, and aspects of life in general.
This private sanctuary is now permanently closed to the general public, as a result of a lawsuit brought by a neighbor. Only my friends and personal guests may visit (

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On our way; Calypso flowers

The top image is a pink hibiscus and the bottom shows frangipani in the foreground, with firecracker, bougainvillea, oleander and an orange bromeliad. Many frangipani flowers of various colors were in flower as we leave the island. The white frangipani is the most fragrant (see below), indeed it's perhaps my favorite perfume, even more so than gardenia.

We are waiting for our 9.20 Bahamas Air flight to Nassau here at the seaside little airport of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera (which has free internet!). They say "If you have time to spare, fly Bahamas Air", so I hope it's not too late to reach Nassau in good time for our 1.10 pm Jetblue flight to JFK. The flight time to Nassau is only 15 minutes!

In the past we always used to fly direct to Fort Lauderdale. However, direct GHB-FLL flights have become almost extinct. For many years we used to fly Twin Air, out of the private Jet Center at FLL. We always felt that our winter residency started when we arrived at the Jet Center, usually in time for a leasurely lunch at the Aviator's Cafe, before our quick (1hour) flight to Eleuthera. However, the wonderful Twin Air's planes slowly disintegrated (occasionally midair) and finally the operation collapsed.

We always used to drive slowly from NY to Lauderdale, taking a whole week and visiting many of the historic places on the east coast, starting just south of Washington. Some of our favorite places: James River plantations, Edenton and Wilmington NC (where our middle son lives), Charleston, Beaufort, Savannah, Shellman Bluff, Darien, St Augustine, but there are many other charming out of the way spots as well. Perhaps I'' feature a few of these in future posts.

I hope the shock of the quick return to NY, rather than our former slow adaptation. will not be too great.

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