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March
31

It's Easter in the islands! A time when nature seems to be at its finest – as though it's putting on a show. Lush tropical greens, bright blue skies, crystal-clear aqua waters, and vibrant shades of pink, purple and red of the bougainvillea line the streets, all welcoming you and letting you know that Easter has arrived, and there's no better place to celebrate than here!

You can feel the excitement in the air and the quiet buzz of activity starting to pick up. Easter is a celebration, after all, and one that's often a mix of religious services, an opportunity to spend quality time with those you love, and here especially, it's a time for celebrating some of our favorite culinary traditions! Here are the top choices among the islands:


Dish It Up!

Get your Easter holiday weekend off to a great start with delicious Bahamian hot cross buns and fresh fish on Good Friday!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Getty Images


Seriously. Is it even Easter without a delicious hot cross bun?? Move over chocolate (just for a quick minute) – make way for these delectable delights! These mouth-watering bread rolls are rich and golden and full of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and sweet raisins. They are also decorated with their trademark design – the "Mark of the Cross" – a simple yet significant emblem made using sugar icing.


These buns have a long history - they originate from ancient English traditions of Easter, and have been shared with our islands by the British since the late 1600s. Similar practices of baking hot cross buns can still be found throughout the UK and Australia, with almost no variation from our Bahamian version! Typically enjoyed on Good Friday, hot cross buns can be found in most local bakeries and grocery stores throughout the islands as Easter draws near. But don't wait till the last minute, or they'll be gone!

If you're feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at making some from scratch? Here's a recipe by Bahamian chef and writer Kenria Taylor!


Fresh Fish


The culinary tradition of eating fish during the Easter holiday is another custom belonging to the Christian faith. Although this practice originated in the Catholic Church, these days, you'll find this custom is almost as much a cultural one as it is religious. There are no restrictions when it comes to the type of fish or style you prefer to cook, but as you likely already know, Good Friday is usually a day reserved for some delicious fried Grouper, Jacks, Snapper, or Wahoo - to name a few! Of course, boiled fish or stewed fish are also great alternatives. You can even get creative and try a Masala fish curry dish! Vibrant, full of flavor, and ready for you at Taj Mahal!
If you're on the hunt for some delicious seafood options you can prepare yourself, head to Heritage Seafood, on Carib Road, just off of Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Palmdale! You'll find fabulous fish cuts and more. Here are a few recipe links for Bahamian boiled, steamed, fried, or curried fish that you can try!

Ham


For practicing Christians in The Bahamas, Easter is a time for celebrating and giving thanks, and what better way than with a beautiful meal to be shared with those we love. Traditionally, meat was restricted for members of the Catholic Church during the Lenten Season, making the main dish of "Easter Ham" a very welcome main feature! Today, a typical Bahamian Easter lunch will be sure to include all the fixings of down-home local favorites, including peas and rice, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, plantains, coleslaw, and more. And don't forget the dessert! When it comes to sweets shared on this cherished day, you're sure to find Coconut pie or tart, pineapple tart, rum cake, and more! And yes, of course, no Easter would be complete without those delicious chocolates and jelly beans!

Find the Fun!

Nassau is abuzz with activity this weekend – great outings (social distancing and mask in mind) and local island finds are the order of the day!

Here's a quick look at some of the things happening: 

Drive-In Movie at Ardastra Gardens
Saturday, April 3rd | 6:15pm

This Saturday, take the kids to see "Peter Rabbit" at the Drive-In Theatre at Ardastra Gardens! This feature is an adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden. Fun for the whole family! Visit www.ardastra.com/recreation for details.


Authentic Bahamian Pop-Up Shop at The Island Store
Beginning March 31 – 9am – 5pm

Head west for beautiful Bahamian straw goods – authentically made by hand by some of the island's most talented creators! Visit The Straw Shack or The Island Store for details!


Dress Your Tables
Now – Saturday, April 3rd

Dress your tables and create a magical backdrop for your Easter celebrations with beautiful accessories and decorative pieces from local retailers like Bahama Hand Prints and Maison Décor!


Whatever your plans, or who you choose to celebrate this holiday weekend with, we at Morley wish you the happiest, hoppiest of holidays!

March
24

This week, the Bahamas National Trust marks the 10-year celebration of the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve - a world-class Bahamian Botanic Garden in Eleuthera founded by Shelby White in honor of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve is quite appropriately referred to as "a living part of Bahamian history."

 The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve | Photo: Raymond Jungles

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve | Photo: Raymond Jungles

Both Leon Levy and his wife, Shelby White were lovers of the natural environment and way of life in Eleuthera – Leon was particularly interested in native plants used in bush medicine. After his passing in 2003, Shelby wanted to honor Leon, and his devotion to the island, while "contributing to a better future for all Eleuthera." She chose to do so by creating the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve with the Bahamas National Trust's help.

 

In April 2019, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve became the first institution in The Bahamas to be designated as an accredited Botanic Garden by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. This tier of accreditation recognizes institutions for their achievements in plant conservation.

 

Today, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is an internationally recognized botanical garden that spans 30 acres. It is the first and only national park on the island of Eleuthera. Located in Governor's Harbour, it features gardens and wetlands designed by world-renowned landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, and serves as a showcase for traditional bush medicine, a facility for propagating indigenous plants and trees, and an educational center focusing on the importance of native vegetation to the Bahamas' biodiversity. The LNPP "helps to preserve the natural history of Eleuthera and showcases the unique flora and fauna of The Bahamas to the world," states the Bahamas National Trust.

Bahamians and visitors are welcome to walk miles of trails through the native habitat and view the beautiful orchids, birds, insects, medicinal plants, and hardwood trees that you can find here.

While few of us can claim to have achieved such great feats, it can be said that many of us islanders have a deep appreciation for our natural environment and the beauty that can be found in our local tropical landscapes. Whether you're planning a trip to Eleuthera this Easter holiday, or you're looking for a little inspiration for creating your own native plant oasis in your back yard, you'll want to learn more about the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve.

Find them online in any of these spaces:

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Bahamas National Trust

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March
17

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and with the on-going pandemic, one thing was abundantly clear. There is a dire need to extend financial services to our Out Islands. Answering that call and leading the charge in financial and tech innovation is the Central Bank of The Bahamas. In October 2020, CBOB announced their Sand Dollar's introduction - a blockchain-backed digital token pegged one-to-one to our Bahamian dollar and available to Bahamian individuals and businesses alike. This new currency is regulated and issued by the Central Bank of The Bahamas and allows us to buy and sell our goods and services and send money to one another digitally. 

Read more about this fascinating Bahamian initiative in the International Monetary Fund's Finance & Development publication here:  

https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2021/03/fighting-pandemic-disruption-with-innovation-dorst.htm

March
10

Surrounded by endless miles of beautiful blues and greens, our islands were made for celebrating the sun, sand, and sea! For those in search of that idyllic island lifestyle in New Providence, having a home in one of our many waterfront communities offers the best of both worlds - modern-day conveniences with the charm of island living. While the list is extensive, we took a look at three specifically unique communities in New Providence and wanted to share a bit of insight into these areas.

Old Fort Bay

Old Fort Bay is today known as a luxury residential community-based in the west, yet its history dates back to the 1700s. The original Old Fort structure is now an exclusive members' club, but much of the building's history has been preserved in restored murals and architectural details and artifacts. One could easily get lost in the magic of the history that abounds here. Old Fort Bay Marina & Yacht Club lies next to Lyford Cay Harbour and features a canal system. Historic homes and sought-after real estate include Colonial-style estate properties, villas and waterfront houses, and spacious single-family houses. As well as a private beach club, the community has a fitness center, tennis courts, children's playground, 24-hour security, exclusive restaurants, lush tropical landscaping, and more. 

If luxury, peace, the natural environment, and a desire to live the island lifestyle is not just a dream for you but a requirement, you will want to see this coast and canal building site in Old Fort Bay.

Port New Providence

Resting on the eastern shores of New Providence, the Port New Providence community has long been considered to have the most boaters per square foot than any other Eastern neighborhood. This location also has the easiest and fastest route to the beautiful Exuma islands - just a quick trip away. That's music to the ears of any avid boater, beach lover, fisherman, or island adventurer. After all, when your dock is on your doorstep, there's every reason to embrace that Out Island lifestyle. A gated community, Port New Providence is a blend of single-family homes and townhouses. Here you'll find a host of amenities, including a private beach, additional dockage, clubhouse, childrens' playground, tennis courts, and tastefully landscaped grounds, including a duck pond. 24-hour security is also provided.

If you're ready to build that Out Island home of your own, or you're looking for a great investment opportunity, here's a property that gives you 65 feet of canal front along one of the most elevated lots within this fabulous community!  



Sea Breeze Canal

Developed in the 1960s by the George Baker family, this subdivision is a top choice for many of the island's professionals. Tucked away in a secluded and serene waterway, this community rests along eastern New Providence's southern shore and is where you want to be if you're a lover of nature and all things tranquil. Here again, the lure of life on the sea calls. Boating, fishing, diving, and beaching are all within easy access when you can dock your boat in your own backyard! Other highlights include a community park to be enjoyed by families of all ages and sizes and the convenience of this great location. From here, access to almost any point on the island is easy, with several main thoroughfares located close by. Shopping, schools, medical facilities, and dining are also within easy reach. 

If you're ready to make that move, this property offers 100 feet of canal front - perfect for that boat you've needed an excuse to buy ;) 

Whether you're looking to build a luxury tropical retreat or a smaller canal front home that offers that Out Island feel, there is proof of the healing powers of living by the water. When it comes to finding the right property to fit your needs, you'll want to speak with one of our agents. They'll provide you with the information, guidance, and support you need to make a sound decision. Reach out to them today!

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