Keeping Lewis Lowe Alive

The ancient Egyptians believed that we die twice — once when our soul leaves our body, and again after the death of the last person to speak our name. They believed that to speak the name of the dead was to make them live again.

I’ve received many kind notes and comments this past week about my Remembrance Day post and I wanted to share a bit more of what I’ve uncovered about Lewis Lowe and his lineage. Speaking his name won’t bring Lewis back, but it can ensure he gets the recognition and respect he deserves for the sacrifices he made.

Lewis Pearson Lowe was born in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay on August 28, 1888.

Birth Record of Lewis Pearson Lowe

Line 10 above notes the birth of a son to Richard and Sarah Lowe in August 1888

NaBloPoMo 2018: I Guess We’re Doing This

Several times over the past few years, I’ve participated in National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo,) where bloggers commit to posting at least one post a day for a month.

I’ve always enjoyed the challenge, so I was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a formal NaBloPoMo scheduled for 2018.

On the other hand, I’m already behind on a couple of projects, and it did occur to me that I’d have to be crazy to take on writing 30 new blog posts in a month. Still, one of the projects on which I’m behind is blog posting, so…

I decided start my own unofficial NaBloPoMo, but not formally announce it, since I had my doubts I’d be able to put together a new blog post every day this month.

However, according to Tom, this is wimpy. According to him, I need to commit.

So, here I go. Formally (and belatedly…) committing to completing NaBloPoMo 2018. Wish me luck!

Better Late Than Never

Though I was busy caring for Wrigley post-surgery and didn’t get to commemorate it, April 27, 2018 marked a major anniversary – it made five years since my very first post here at Little House by the Ferry!

And though I’m terribly late, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to thank everyone who reads and follows this blog.

In the beginning, Little House by the Ferry was really just intended as a way to update our close family and friends about the progress of our Fish Hooks restoration.

But as Tom and I learned more about the history of the house and of Green Turtle Cay, I wanted to share what we had uncovered.

Blogging here resulted in my writing Those Who Stayed. And, earlier this year, some of my favourites of the gazillions of photos I’ve taken for the blog found their way into the Little House by the Ferry product line of home decor, stationery and gift items (which make excellent Christmas gifts for the Abaco lover on your gift list… hint, hint.)

To date, more than 258,795 people have visited Little House by the Ferry, and I’ve had more than 677,211 page views. Over the past five years, I’ve posted 1,941 times.

So, in case I haven’t said it lately, THANK YOU! For reading, following and commenting on this blog. For sharing it with others.

For contacting me with your questions and comments. For sending in your reader photos (please keep sending them!) and for helping me identify the faces in mine.

If you’re on social media, I hope you’ll drop by and say hello there as well. Here’s where you can find me:

Twitter: @AmandaLDiedrick
Instagram: @littlehousebytheferry
Pinterest: Little House by the Ferry

Thank you again, and here’s to our next five years together!

Remembering Green Turtle Cay’s WW1 Hero: Corporal Lewis Pearson Lowe

On 29 January 1917, E.H. McKinney, a customs officer based on Green Turtle Cay, wrote a brief letter to the editor of the Nassau Guardian. This week, that letter helped unlock the hundred-year-old mystery of Green Turtle Cay’s own World War 1 hero.

Canadian Solders in Courcelette, France (1916)

Canadian Solders in Courcelette, France (1916)

Moving House on Green Turtle Cay

When we moved Fish Hooks cottage in 2014, it was kind of a big deal. We had to stop traffic on the one route out of town, and the local folks came by to watch. Our local newspaper, the Abaconian even covered the move.

Moving Day at Fish Hooks, January 2014

In past years, however, moving house was fairly common in the islands. Several older homes on Green Turtle Cay were moved short distances on rollers. A few, we’re told, were even floated to new destinations on the cay before being set in place.

But that’s nothing compared to the sorts of moves some former Green Turtle Cay residents made back in the mid-1800s.

Albert Lowe Museum Update: The Rose Garden

During the late 1800s, thanks to the success of a number of industries — wrecking, sponging and agriculture among them — Green Turtle Cay enjoyed a true golden age.

The streets of New Plymouth were lined with grand homes, two and three stories tall. Each yard boasted a lush garden overflowing with bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus, and night-blooming jasmine.

Oil Painting by Alton Lowe

Oil Painting by Alton Lowe

Perhaps not surprising, given that their British ancestors valued the flower for its beauty and perfume and used it to make medicines and teas, many Loyalist gardens in Abaco featured roses. Prized varieties were passed on by family members and neighbours.

Recognizing Bahamian Author and Historian, Rosemary Hanna

Rosemary Hanna and me at my Nassau book signing last year.

I was happy to see my friend and fellow Bahamian author, Rosemary Hanna, recognized in this recent blog post.

Rosemary is the author of Pictorial History and Memories of Nassau’s Over-The-Hill as well as executive producer of the documentary, Nassau’s Over-The-Hill.

Over-the-Hill, for those who don’t know, is a section of Nassau located south of the ridge that borders the city’s downtown core.

First settled by newly emancipated slaves, Over-the-Hill is made up of a number of different neighbourhoods, including Bain Town and Grants Town.

Ice Cream for a Good Cause? Yes, Please!

Photo: Vaughan Carroll

A reminder to drop by Every Child Counts if you’re in Marsh Harbour around lunchtime, to support their make-your-own-sundae fundraiser.

The event runs from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and proceeds will be allocated toward the Eric Sawyer Memorial Award, to be given to a deserving Starfish Enterprises trainee to help cover their tuition costs.

And if you’re not in Marsh Harbour, please click HERE to find out how you can contribute to Every Child Counts in Eric’s honour.

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