10 Ways to Be Grateful Today

We have so many things we are grateful for everyday here in the Bahamas. Here are just a few of the hundreds of small things we appreciate about daily living in the 700 islands of year round summer.

  1. The energizing benefits of salty breezes
  2. Summer day showers while the sun shines
  3. Our pride in our culture and heritage
  4. The bright colours we love to put on our buildings
  5. Local artists and artisans and their beautiful creations
  6. The way we greet each other morning, noon, and night
  7. How we can tell the season by the ocean’s colour
  8. The fun of travelling to the Family Islands and the warm welcomes we always get there
  9. How far we’ve come and how determined we are to be the greatest little country in the world
  10. Our weather is like every other country’s summer year round

Here’s to embracing and celebrating the small things that surround us every day in the Bahamas!

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Island Indoor Plants

Adding indoor plants to any interior brings life and an earthy feel to your island home. We’ve selected three plants that can light up your spaces, but also have health benefits.

Aloe Vera

This native plant has many benefits from its gel like core that can heal cuts and burns, to the soothe it puts on sunburn, and the gloss it can put on your hair. Indoors, let your aloe plant sit in the sunlight of your windowsill to catch the most rays, and make sure the soil stays moist for maximum life expectancy.

 

Bromeliads

This plant loves to attach to other growing organisms. If planted in a pot, and sitting inside, make sure that it gets a lot of indirect sunlight. Mist the roots daily, and be sure the soil is wet, not soggy. These plants take 3-5years to mature and bloom, but when they do, they make quite the statement!

 

 

Palms

Known as one of the best air purifiers for your home! Palms are great to fill spaces in your home with leafy green goodness that adds the perfect tropical touch. Never over water their roots and watch them grow up to eight feet while you sit on the couch and sip a rumdum (or two).

 

 

 

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November’s Word of the Month

We have a unique way of communicating with each other in the Bahamas, our main language being English, twisted up with a bit of island speak that can change from island to island. The phrases and slang that we use come from the many nationalities and cultures that are rooted in the Bahamas, some older than our country, and we keep adding new ones all the time.

Our word this month is Sip-sip, one every Bahamian recognizes. Sip-sip is slang for gossip. Before everyone had a phone, What’s App, Facebook, and other social media, gossip, or the gentler sounding “news”, was shared person to person, at the fish market, docks, domino boards, or while plaiting straw hats, before and after church services and socials, really anytime and anywhere.   It’s no different in the modern age. We still discuss, disagree, confirm and deny it all today, just like in the past.

Word travels fast when sip-sip starts island hopping faster than a traveler who can’t see enough. Before you judge, know that sip-sip is not always negative news, it’s also an effective way to spread facts, awareness and behind the news facts through the Bahamian grapevine.

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Mailboat Musthave: Driftwood

Many beaches along the Bahamian shores are lined with weathered and gnarled wood, pieces of old docks, boats, and houses plus tangles of trunks and branches, small and large, from buttonwood, casuarina pines, seagrape, and other native trees that make beautiful sculptures by themselves or are perfect for stocking the collections of avid crafters.

This month’s mailboat must-have is so versatile, if you’re creative this item can become anything from signs to frames or figurines and with no two pieces of driftwood alike, every creation will be unique.

Mirrors crafted from beach found driftwood:   Check out Shelly Lightbourne’s mirrors.   Shelly collects the wood from beaches throughout the Bahamas, so one mirror could be a composite from finds on Eleuthera, Exuma, Nassau, you get the drift.

Driftwood figurine: Check out this creative bird crafted by a work colleague at Morley Realty.

With some imagination and a little bit of paint here and there, these driftwood sticks became an island bird perfect for a patio table centerpiece.   Find more like this at Bahamas Handicraft on Shirley Street.

From headboards to signs, to colorful just for fun pieces, driftwood is a Mailboat Must-have!

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Bahamian Halloween Costumes

Still waiting for that inspiration to hit to put together your Halloween costume? Here are some easy to put together Halloween costumes inspired by people, places and things in and around our Bahamas.

Potcake: Our iconic modern social critic/comedian, with his “billboard” and travelling hub cap emporium is a well known figure throughout Nassau. To channel Potcake, grab a square piece of cardboard, a sharpie, and tell it like it is, writing in bold big letters.   A well worn dark cap, dark sunglasses, and a few hubcaps hanging from your belt or around your neck should complete the ensemble. Bonus points for a little bit of a beard and a little bit of a belly.

Potcake man and one of his infamous signs!

Pineapple Wine:   Inspired by Roachy’s catchy tune, “Boom Pine Apple Wine”, dress up as a pineapple and grab a bottle of wine.   Bonus points for singing the tune or doing a little bit of the “whine” when asked to explain your costume.

Grits:   Get a large piece of cardboard, cut it into a round shape and paint it as a plate. Use some glue and attach as much yellow grits as you can then hang it around your neck.   Bonus points for getting your significant other to accompany you dressed as sausage or tuna.

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