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Rum Bottle Tree in Old Road St. Kitts

There are quite a few tourist attractions in Old Road St. Kitts, however, the one that drew our attention was the old tree with rum bottles hanging from it. Pondering what the history behind it was, we came to find out its significance is in no history book but just something people decided to do.

After drinking a bottle of rum the bottle was tied to a string and hang from the tree. This has been going on for years.  It is now a tourist destination. This my friends is somewhat a sight to see.

Tell us more do you know anything about this Rum Bottle Tree?

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Caribelle Batik

The Historic Romney Manor once owned by Sam Jefferson II, the great great great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of U.S.A.) is the home of Caribelle Batik. A breath taking visual of gardens, an area rich in history and natural beauty. A visit here affords you the opportunity to witness first-hand age old practice of fabric; this art form demonstrated throughout the day at the store results in some of the most impressive wall hangings, clothing and accessories.

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The Romney Manor grounds have great history; there is strong evidence that they were originally the site on which Tegereman the Carib Indian Chief had his village. Romney Estate became the first estate in St. Kitts to emancipate their slaves. From humble beginnings Caribelle produced its first batik in 1974. The fact that no two pieces are ever the same makes them some of the most sought after Caribbean Treasures.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Visited by thousands each year, occasionally hosting the rich and famous, Caribelle has acquired an international reputation for fine products. Each carefully handcrafted item is as individual as you are.

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Caribelle Batik uses many quality fabrics including the exclusive Sea Island cotton, an assurance of cool comfort and longevity. Their products last a lifetime. Absolutely distinctive in designs they become a great talking point whenever and wherever customers spot one of our garments being worn by a stranger somewhere on the planet. Using the ancient Indonesian methods of resisting dye with wax, Caribelle creates the many designs for which they have become associated. During a visit to Caribelle, you will see our artists demonstrating the techniques as well as receive a full explanation from one of our experts.

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 Wingfield Estate is conveniently placed adjacent to one of the Caribbean’s major destinations, Caribelle Batik at Romney Manor. Wingfield Estate also hosts the site office for the newly established and popular zip line. It is a photographers dream, at one with nature and history.  It continues to be a work in process with archaeological digs continuing with visitor and local participation. Most batik garments are produced right here at Romney Manor the home of Caribelle Batik. The alluring colours, imaginative print designs and sensual factors will be an eternal reminder of your time in paradise.

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The National Bird (Brown Pelican)

Pelecanus Occidentalis, Brown Pelican or as we locals say the “booby” is the national bird of our twin island paradise. It is usually spotted on our coastlines as this bird is a lover of water. When young, it is brown on the head, neck and upper torso of the body, while white below. As it matures, the body becomes dark brown while the head turns white. Boobies are usually spotted in small flocks while feeding. They nest in colonies along the coast in low trees and bushes. This bird is an elegant bird with an oversized bill, sinuous neck, and big, dark body. They feed by plunge-diving from high up, using the force of impact to stun small fish before scooping them up.

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See this interesting clip below showing how the Brown Pelican feeds.

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