Monday, 25 January 2010

Carnival Time Again

Carnival time in Trinidad. The season begins right after Christmas. In fact, it would eclipse Christmas if Trinidadians did not love their Nativity season so much. What we have now is a mix of seasons in strange new musical genres such as soca-parang. But once the creches are packed away and the trees put away, Carnival fever kicks in.

I love the traditional characters such as the sailors, the bats, the devils. And the details that make them authentic. What is a true sailor without his baby powder?The dances that accompany these costumes are just as entertaining as the whole get-up. I am always amazed that bank clerks, gas station attendants, advertising executives and beauty queens et al enter into the spirit of the mas and completely occupy their carnival personas. It is one of the truly unique aspects of Trinidad's Carnival. This ability to re-invent themselves for two days is one of the release valves of the society.
Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. Anyone can play.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Gardening Nostalgia

The heliconias have survived so far. But the garden as I knew it is gone.

It's strange to look at these photos now - most of the plants have made the move with me but many have just begun to catch and take root.
This costus is still up at the house struggling along.