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.

A Year Later, Eric’s Light Shines On

A few months back, I attended a memorial service for Green Turtle Cay’s Eric Sawyer, who passed away unexpectedly a year ago this week.

Dozens of Eric’s family members, friends and Buddy Cruise pals from near and far gathered at his family’s bar, Sundowners, for an afternoon of reminiscing, music, laughter and more than a few tears.

Important Book and Calendar Update

If you’ve recently attempted to buy a 2019 GTC calendar or a copy of Those Who Stayed on this site using a credit or debit card and been unable to complete the purchase without first creating a PayPal account, I’m so sorry!

I learned about this issue over the weekend and, fingers crossed, it’s now been resolved. If you encounter any further difficulties, please let me know.

Also, several folks have asked where they can buy the LHBTF 2019 Wall Calendar on Green Turtle Cay.

Green Turtle Cay Wall Calendar 2019

My Husband, The Hero

As some of you may know, my husband Tom is the Los Angeles bureau chief for Canada’s CTV News. A few weeks back, he was in the Florida panhandle, covering Hurricane Michael.

Photo: Chris Gargus

Beneath a building near the mouth of the Apalachicola River, amid the debris field washed ashore by the storm surge, he noticed a small turtle. It was coated in sand and muck. Tom thought it was dead. But then, ever so slightly, the turtle’s tail moved.

Stories from the Sea

Since our earliest ancestors set out on dangerous journeys to new lands, the sea has been the keeper of their stories. Tales it surrenders in its own way and on its own schedule.

In the more than 30 years that Nicole and Larry Fleming have owned Coco Bay Cottages on Green Turtle Cay’s northeast shore, the Atlantic Ocean has yielded up many treasures – some strange, some amusing and some poignant. “Larry goes out almost every morning to see what the sea has brought up for us,” says Nicole.

Nicole Fleming with Buoy - Coco Bay Cottages

Nicole Fleming with a North Atlantic navigational buoy that traveled thousands of miles to Green Turtle Cay’s ocean beach.

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