Cats of Bermuda

By DD - Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014
A black and white cat on a bridge at Fort St. Catherine in St. George, Bermuda.

A black and white cat on a bridge at Fort St. Catherine in St. George, Bermuda.

There are lots of churches in Bermuda and unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit any. Not being religious, we still have our own system: we’re “Catolics”! We saw so many cats it’s unbelievable! Many of them were ginger color and they all seemed pretty clean though I must admit some looked a little rough.

Two cats grooming themselves in the sun, on a farm next to Spittal Pond Preserve in Bermuda.

Two cats grooming themselves in the sun, on a farm next to Spittal Pond Reserve in Bermuda.

We saw them everywhere, from our own rental property in Flatts to St. George, Hamilton and Sandys.

This is a cat I named Milton because we were at Fort Hamilton.

This is a cat I named Milton because we were at Fort Hamilton.

Sunny at Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda.

Sunny at Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda.

My favorite cat has to be the one from Hamilton Fort I called “Milton”. He seemed so smart and friendly. He was very talkative, polite and generous, a true Bermudian! He really seemed to like the name I gave him.

Benny, a female cat at Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda.

Benny, a female cat at Crystal and Fantasy Caves in Bermuda.

A cat in a shop window in St. George Bermuda.

A cat in a shop window in St. George Bermuda.

A cat drawing on a plastic wrap around a magnetic broom.

A cat drawing on a plastic wrap around a magnetic broom.

The shadow of a cat at one of the exhibit at the National Bermuda  Museum.

The shadow of a cat at one of the exhibit at the National Bermuda Museum.

A black stray cat in Hamilton, Bermuda.

A black stray cat in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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Verdmont House on Collector’s Hill in Bermuda

By DD - Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014
The magnificent view in front of Verdmont House on top of Collector's Hill.

The magnificent view in front of Verdmont House on top of Collector’s Hill.

Atop of Collector’s Hill, named after a collector who used to reside at Verdmont House, is erected a pink house in Georgian Style. We were charmed as soon as we arrived and started with lunch, sitting on the bench at the back of the house which is in fact the front, facing the ocean on the south shore.

Verdmont House back door entry way.

Verdmont House back door entry way.

The house has breath taking views and is filled with cedar antiques and was built around 1700 for John and Elizabeth Dickinson. John Dickinson was a privateer and was very rich, much so he had a fireplace built in every room of the house!

An antique at Verdmont House in Bermuda

An antique at Verdmont House in Bermuda

After lunch, we took our time visiting the 3 floor house, guided at first by a volunteer British woman who was so nice and informative I wish I had asked her name. I mentioned to her the place reminded us of Fort Louisbourg in Nova Scotia and she had happened to have been there in the summer! Fort Louisbourg’s items are replicas, from cutlery to the buildings themselves, as opposed to real antiques in Verdmont house. We could feel the connection to Nova Scotia and the Maritimes in the house.

The Wallpaper in one of the rooms at Verdmont House in Bermuda.

The Wallpaper in one of the rooms at Verdmont House in Bermuda.

We spent a very pleasant afternoon and unlike some previous visitors, we truly enjoyed our visit and took advantage of the peacefulness as we were the only visitors. We can say it was ours for the afternoon for a very low price, only 5$!

Mama D taking a well deserved break at Verdmont House in Bermuda

Mama D taking a well deserved break at Verdmont House in Bermuda

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Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo: A Very Special Place for Us

By DD - Last updated: Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Beautiful view od Harrington Sound from the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo.

The Beautiful view of Harrington Sound from the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo.

Located in Flatts, in Smiths Parish, the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo was walking distance from our vacation rental. It is a very small place but rich in experience. Even though parts of the aquarium were closed due to damage caused by hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo, we still enjoyed ourselves and even went for a second visit.

A beautiful yellow fish at the Bermuda's Aquarium

A beautiful yellow fish at the Bermuda’s Aquarium

On our first visit, we purchased our tickets for the Friday Boat tour with the Audubon Society to go see the Bermuda Cahows, and endangered bird species making a comeback. We got to go into Joanne’s office, where she took our reservation information and then she came downstairs with us to get a second map. I told her about our own aquarium at home and our pond and creatures while standing in front of the North Rock Exhibit which consists of huge tanks with fish and creatures that inhabit North Rock off the coast of Bermuda.

A 96 year old Galapagos tortoise at the Bermdua zoo eating his lunch with appetite.

A 96 year old Galapagos tortoise at the Bermuda zoo eating his lunch with appetite.

We started our visit counter clockwise. We nearly had the place to ourselves and were enjoying the beautiful views of Harrington Sounds across the tree branches. We took our time, taking the sun in and enjoying the sound of the waves crashing and of the birds singing. We arrived early enough to see the animals eating. It was great to see the Galapagos tortoises enjoying their huge salad of whole romaine lettuce, cucumbers, celery and other vegetables and fruits. In the Islands of The Caribbean section, we were charmed by the Lion Tamarin that was so funny and cute. The Cattle egret was not shy and all over the zoo keeper who was trying to get all the animals fed.

The lemurs at the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo

The lemurs at the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo

In the Island of Madagascar section we had a private encounter with the lemurs Elmer and Penelope! Although I don’t remember which one is which? We never thought we’d ever get to walk among lemurs in our life and that was a pleasant surprise. It brought to life the IMAX movie we had seen in Victoria, BC last summer. At the gift shop, they told us the story of the lemurs and why one wears a collar: it kept bugging the fossa, the main lemur predator in Madagascar, by putting its hands through the fence and the poor lemur was discovered one morning with tendons coming out of its arm, the fossa had grabbed him and it turned ugly. The other one had a broken back for which ever reason I forgot. But the lemur with the collar could understand I had noticed his or her friend’s disability.

We were so fortunate, thanks to Eric, to see the Fossa in action for at least 40 minutes

We were so fortunate, thanks to Eric, to see the fossa in action for at least 40 minutes

We wouldn’t see the fossa on the first visit but had a real wild encounter on our second visit, when one of the college volunteers told us she would be fed at 1:00. It was 11:30 but we thought it would be worth the wait and so we went back and did another tour of the zoo, taking our time, having a snack and visiting the Natural History Museum for a second time. We went back in front of the fossa’s cage waiting for an employee or volunteer to show up but nobody came. I went out in search of somebody wondering if they were maybe late and then saw Mary, one of head volunteers and she brought us behind the scenes and introduced me to Eric who told me there was no such feeding during the day, and that the fossa was being fed the very first thing in the morning, before the zoo even opened. To make up for the volunteer who misguided us, he set out to place little bits of protein supplements around the cage. Mary said we were very fortunate to see this as this Fossa prefers living at night and not many visitors had the chance to see her. There was going to be an overbooked tour of the zoo at night that we tried to take part of with no chance, and apparently they wouldn’t even be able to see her as well as we did with their flashlights. The fossa entertained us for a good 40 minutes and then, inspired by her hunting our stomachs started to growl so it was time to go back to our cottage for a late lunch.

The Lion Tamarin in the Islands of the Caribbeans section of the Bermuda Zoo.

The Lion Tamarin in the Islands of the Caribbeans section of the Bermuda Zoo.

The boardwalk with lovely views at the Bermuda zoo.

The boardwalk with lovely views at the Bermuda zoo.

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