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Nevis Agriculture Fair 2016

The Nevis Agriculture Fair is an annual event that is held just before Easter. It showcases local produce, which include agriculture, arts, craft, food, manufactured items, drinks etc. See below for highlights of the fair. To see  full album, please click here.

Vervet Monkey

Local Art

Locally Manufactured Goods

Locally Made Sandals

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Ram Goat

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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Photo credit: culturosity.wordpress.com

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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Photo credit: www.afar.com

 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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Photo credit: www.facebook.com/caribelle.batik/

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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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Photo credit: ismenvis.nic.in

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

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Let’s Talk about Oxtail and Things – Nevis W.I.

As a foreigner in Nevis, you will quickly realize that you have left the commercial life behind and have entered a whole new world of relaxation and tranquility. So, fast forward and you are now off the ferry, your belly begins to turn… you are definitely hungry. Where do you go? How about trying some good ole local food?!

Local restaurants are nestled all across the island but in today’s post we are travelling to Bath Village just on the outskirts of Charlestown. We’re headed to Black Hat’s Restaurant. As you get closer to the establishment you will realize that the structure is one with character. The design is unique and gives a rustic traditional feel. Its very homely and very inviting boasting colours such as pink, blue and orange.

 

Black Hat's Place, Nevis W.I.

Black Hat’s Place, Nevis W.I.

 

We were a party of three seeking authentic Nevisian food on our lunch breaks. We were met with pleasant faces and hearty good afternoons as we approached the menu to make our orders. Black Hat came to the window asking to assist us. We ordered and got seated and waited patiently on the meal. It arrived and I immediately dug in!

The oxtail was accompanied by scalloped potatoes, steamed rice, coleslaw and the tastiest salad I have had in a while. It would seem as though Mr. Black Hat read my mind and prepared each component with extra…just the way I liked it! Imagine my excitement when I was met with slices of apples in between my lettuce and a few raisins in between the mix! I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch! Everything was cooked to perfection, and lacked nothing!

Black Hat’s Place also provides a wide variety of dishes so don’t worry about being left out if you are not an oxtail lover.

As you have landed, ask to go by Black Hat for some local cuisine.  Experience the Culture, Experience the Food!

 

Oxtail and Things from Black Hat’s Restaurant

 

 

 

Sugar Mas Contestant Launch

Where will you be tonight (November 20, 2015) when the contestants in the upcoming SKN National Carnival shows and pageant introduce themselves to the world!?

Well, the advice we have for you is to #joinin the excitement to get to know all the contestants and even pick your fave for the upcoming season.

Check them out here first on the SKN Carnival Official Facebook Page .

See you at the Circus tonight!

The Circus St. Kitts

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