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Strawberry from the garden. My favourite photo of 2014.Copyright chris Bushe

Strawberry from the garden. My favourite photo of 2014.Copyright chris Bushe

Spider in Motspur Park Copyright chris Bushe

Spider in Motspur Park Copyright chris Bushe

Peregrine Falcon eating a chick.Copyright chris Bushe

Peregrine Falcon eating a chick.Copyright chris Bushe

coffee by the canal in amsterdam. Copyright chris Bushe

coffee by the canal in amsterdam. Copyright chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Lemur at Twycross zoo.Copyright Chris Bushe

Lemur at Twycross zoo.Copyright Chris Bushe

Meercat at Twycross ZooCopyright Chris Bushe

Meercat at Twycross ZooCopyright Chris Bushe

Starfish point on Grand Cayman, as lovely as it looked. Copyright Chris Bushe

Starfish point on Grand Cayman, as lovely as it looked. Copyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Arctic Tern on Farne Islands.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Arctic Tern on Farne Islands.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Iceland geysers.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Iceland geysers.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Bird of prey at Painshill Park Copyright Chris Bushe

Bird of prey at Painshill Park Copyright Chris Bushe

The first apples ever grown on the small tree in the garden we planted 2 years ago. Copyright Chris Bushe

The first apples ever grown on the small tree in the garden we planted 2 years ago. Copyright Chris Bushe

Recipe for a Wedding Cayman Islands Style


Going to weddings is not my usual form of entertainment but when they take place publicly on the beach when on holiday then maybe its ok to have a peek. This is how you do it:

  1. Go to an amazing hotel like the Marriott Grand Cayman
  2. Rent a section of the beach
  3. Put some chairs on the beach and set up some small goalposts
  4. Make the bridegroom arrive 15 minutes early and look ever so uncomfortable standing there all alone
  5. Have a group of loud Texans in the swimming pool, yellering and hollerring and making many other noises not immediately recognisable as a language on this planet
  6. Then have your dinner outside by a pool with turtles swimming by
  7. Lastly pray for no rain during this little episode of festivities.
Marriott Grand Cayman

Marriott Grand Cayman

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Reflections on The Cayman Islands. Starfish Point


The Cayman Islands have to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Seven mile beach is just that. The downside is the cost. As I understand how things work here, no tax is paid so the government claim their money on all items sold. Hence a litany of taxes and charges are added to each and every bill. An hour in the Kirk supermarket, a lovely clean supermarket that I wish we had in UK, is sadly enough to depress one when looking at the cost of food items. Think of a UK price and then increase it between 2-4 fold.

The Island itself is full of lovely coves and beaches and snorkelling reveals hundreds of fish and other underwater paraphernalia. The hateful sea urchins live surprisingly close to the shore, maybe less than 10 yards in places. Even 20 yards from shore there are moray eel type fish living in their little holes, spitting sand at snorkelers.

Starfish Point is well worth visiting , to see guess what, Starfish. In 20 minutes we also saw a wild dolphin, sea cucumber and an odd red jellyfish. The point is accessible by car but you need to know where to go and where to park. Most visitors come by boat and spend maybe 30 minutes there whilst we spent 2 hours. A hot place and there is no shade and no facilities of any kind.  The official boat trips seem to come earlier in the day and the starfish are collected from a little way out and you can find maybe 6 easily in the shallow waters, maybe more. So, midday is not a bad time to go.

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

Starfish Point on Grand Cayman

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Would you eat Turtle Burgers? Would you eat me?


IMG_5460IMG_5459TurtleResults of an online poll in a great website

http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/02/15/Online-poll–Few-eat-turtle-frequently/

Tell us that only 9% of the Grand Cayman population eat Turtle frequently, which is actually 9% too many and 5.6% used to eat Turtle but no longer do so. The debate is complex as the article says. For me however having swum with the turtles it a cruel and obscene idea to eat these beautiful creatures. Here you can see some photos I took last year at the turtle farm.

In the UK and EU we are just starting to get used to the idea that horse meat, presumably from old and debilitated horses, has ended up in burgers, lasagnes and other minced beef products. Turtles do not fall into this category and despite the argument that it is a tradition to eat Turtle we should recall that it has also been a tradition to murder witches and hang/draw/quarter criminals and innocent. They are an endangered species and we should no more eat them than eat next door’s pet cat, dog or horse.

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