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Memory Clue September 10, 2017

Filed under: Clues,Colours,Memories,Postcards,St. Lucia — Janet @ 3:57 pm

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There was something about this postcard – a sketch which immediately made me think of RAIN, a restaurant on the Caribbean Island of St Lucia back in the 1970’s.  I think it was the color green that did it.  In fact, the sketch is of buildings in Buenos Aires Argentina.

Using google search I find that RAIN is still there but is now called Chez Paul.

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We lived in St Lucia from 1972-1974.  In those far gone years St Lucia was a relatively undeveloped tourist destination.  A treasure for our young family of 3 little boys.

 

 

45 Years On August 2, 2017

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I’m trying to scan a postcard and I keep getting it saved as pdf.  Frustrating.  It’s a postcard which I wrote 45 years ago and it didn’t reach its destination.  I didn’t have the latest postal address for my sister.  Her RFD number had been changed to a road address.    So the card was returned to me in St. Lucia.  We were new to the island but the postal service found us easily.  It was a small island!

If you click on the reference given above you can see the card of sailing near The Pitons in Soufriere in St Lucia West Indies.  And what I wrote is found below.

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A Flashback to Times Past October 17, 2011

Filed under: Books,St. Lucia,West Indies — Janet @ 1:23 am

  The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey

This was an intriguing cover and the title was equally so.  And as it turned out, the plot of this novel had lots of points with which I could identify.  It is a novel but actual facts and real-life situations aren’t far away.  The couple are white – the husband is English, the wife from the South of France.  They go out from London to Trinidad for the husband’s job.  It’s a 3 year contract.  From day one, the husband falls in love with the country.  The wife is not quite so enamoured.   And so it goes on with underlying currents of racism, belonging/not belonging, colonialism, political corruption, slavery and its aftermath, the rise of black power, two people who love each other but want to go in different directions, and so on. 

There were a few echoes of our experiences in St. Lucia in the 1970’s.  A different island, a different history.  It was a happy time for our family.  No issues of violence or racism so far as I was aware.  What was more of a problem was the heat and the monotony of the climate.  But it was a wonderful existence with 3 little boys and outdoor living and daily trips to the beach and the local swimming pool at Holiday Inn.

 

The couple in The White Woman on the Green Bicycle reminded me a bit of the couple in Paul Scott’s novel Staying On.  A couple who elected to stay on after India gained Independence.  Perhaps the couple in  The White Woman on the Green Bicycle should not have stayed on – in fact it’s quite clear that they should have left but when they tried to leave they were not able to get to the departing ship in time – the ship sailed without them.