Island girl baecationing in the island

The Caribbean! One happy place made up of a number of islands. The people are full of life and we have great food and beaches. A Red Stripe Beer, Hellshire fish and festival are my beach favorite but when I am not in the land of by birth, Jamaica, I mix it up a bit.

I am a Jamaican living in Antigua for the past ten years. I would love to visit more islands but that is a very expensive venture. However, from time to time I do visit a few.

This weekend, the hubby and I are visited another beautiful Island with magnificent beaches.

From our room nested on the third floor, I sip on a glass of Argentina Merlot and listen to the waves from the Caribbean Sea crashing in on the shores. Fantastic way to relax after a day of cricket 🏏 at Kensington Oval, Jamaica vs Barbados Regional Super50. I think I was the only one, other than the Jamaican players, that had on a Jamaican shirt and we won . #rally… I paired my medium light body with soft finishing Merlot with a medium-well steak and watched re-runs of Sex and the City.

Exploring BarbadosΒ 

Barbados is a really beautiful place with lots of things to do. We did a bit of exploring in our four days visit and we had a fabulous time. The cricket matches were not as excited as I have anticipated but a great time was had, even without our usual cooler when ever we go to cricket matches.

A tour of the island took us to one of the local rum distilleries and as we know Caribbean people are rum people. The tour was very informative and tasteful, I would suggest to anyone visiting the islands to go on a rum tour, if one is available.

Dining in Barbados varies in prices and quality but our best lunch was our six hours lunch with two friends . The conversation and laughs were priceless, and that my friends is what life is about.

A day of shopping and walking around the historic Bridgetown by myself was a well spent day. I had a few of the local beers, Banks and Deputy Beers with Lamb Neck stew. The Banks beer in Barbados taste much better than the one that is exported and we are good buddies now; sorry the Deputy on the other hand is not my buddy. It was my first time having Lamb Neck stew and I recommend you give it a try if you are in Barbados.

Barbados you were good to me . Cheers and see you next time, hopefully during your food and rum festival.

One love!

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Thursday cloudscape

“Girl I need something to drink” exclaims my friend… “I only have water and wine” I replied!

The beverage of the evening was water and wine…separately of course lol. The kids chatted on the other side of the room and watched tv and we talked about our day and the upcoming weekend. Life is so special and beauty is all around us in so many different forms.

The bottle of the evening was Borsao Bole from Spain; it is a very reasonable priced wine which is good value for the money. I enjoyed this bottle from Spain, as a matter of fact I realized that I really like Spanish reds. This is also one of my favorite blend – Grenache and Shiraz. It has the zing of Shiraz supported by the body of Grenache. Oh the scent of vanilla flavor, the taste of wild berry yummy yummy.

The cut flowers on the table look magnificent, while the cactus looks down on it with similar beauty but yet so different. Somehow this is how I see my dear friend and I; two beautiful ladies that are similar but different.

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My home is my castle and I arrange it with things that are meaningful and pretty to me. I really don’t have a style of decorating, I just use what moves my soul. And I totally love to have my family and friends share and enjoy my space. It was a lovely hour on a rainy Thursday afternoon, September 27, 2018.

cheers to life!

Wine a bit πŸ·

Wine tasting anytime or anywhere is spectacular but more so an unexpected one on a Friday afternoon.

Gathering up my stuff from the office to head home to open a bottle of Moscato that I have never had before. But then I was enticed to stay back at a tasting by a long time friend. What a fabulous evening it was!

2015 Cre Du Beaujolais was the pick of the day! Yummy….Beaujolais is the most southern wine growing region in Burgundy, and very different from the rest of Burgundy and is often though of its own appellation. I totally enjoyed all the afternoons selections.

Brouilly Georges Duboeuf 2015 :- this is a light bodied very easy to drink wine with medium tannin level and fruity aroma.

Morgan Domaine la Javerniere 2015 :- on the nose flowers, black tea and fresh herb. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Julienas Chateau des Capitans 2015 :- smooth and not too dry with a mild sweet scent. This was my second favorite of the evening.

Moulin a Vent Domaine du Pourpre 2015 :- a nice simple wine, this was my favorite. Good flavor, cherry, strawberry and some mild spice.

These are very refreshing reds with low tanning and bright acidity, with juicy fruity aroma.

Cheers to exploring and discovering.

Wine Lady Rica πŸ₯‚

My way πŸ’—

So I have two friends who are the reasons I even start thinking about blogging. Both of them love to write and I consider them very good writers. One has actually published books….

So Ms B is always telling me to start blogging about my wine experiences because she knows how much I love wines and the hunger I have to learn as much as I can. (Reason for the birth of EMC2).

.The other lady Ms K is just a really positive person that loves to write. So one day she sent me one of her blog via email because I was mentioned in it. We started talking about blogging and I told her I am not a good writer, and I would blog if I was a better writer. I also express to her that I did a few post years ago but it was not for me.

Anyway! Fast forward to September 8, 2018. My dear friend did a blog and asked a few questions… one of which was ” what is your writing style?” As I read all the replies I decided then and there that I will give this thing a try using my own style of writing.

I don’t have any particular topics except wines, but I will do it my way as the heart leads me.

Cheers

Wine Lady Rica

Woman who work

I am not sure if it is that I love my work or if it is the products that I love! Haha but what ever it is… I love what I do and I do what I love!

Having said that, as I walked into the office this morning I was greeted by big smiles and hearty good morning by all my co-workers. I checked my reports, emails and sent a few emails . Our retail store is one of my morning rituals so I went to get my morning water and echoing from the back I heard “Erica Babu how are you” and I reply “Shane ma man”.

The simple things in life! Live, love, laugh or have a drink 🍾

Our Wedding Anniversary

Sixteen years ago on July 26th my love Michael Renford Doulas and i got married at the Ridgemount United Church and had the most amazing reception at this parents home in Mandeville. There we approximately 200 families and friends to celebrate with us.

Over the years we had our ups and downs; mostly up and have produce two brilliant children Christina and Christopher and with God by our side we hope to do a great job teaching them the right way to live and be as much as they can be.

I totally enjoyed celebrating the day and the entire weekend with my love. Both of us went to work late that morning and had a lovely Subway lunch at home. We had 7pm dinner reservation at Curtain BluffHotel and that was fantastic. On arrival the staffs were very polite and everyone knew it was our anniversary; thanks to our new and dear friend Anique. We went to the bar and have a nice cocktail before we went to dinner table. During our dinner there were a live band that did a great job. We eat our meal and we were very satisfied, after which we continue having champagne and listen to the band. Mike asked the band to sing our song that we danced to at our wedding “at last”; to this we danced, we were the only one dancing but we did not care. It was beautiful.

The entire weekend was blissful, we just hang around with each other and lime with a few friends Saturday afternoon.

Even though I miss the kids, I totally enjoy this week end with my hubby alone.

Helping others

I have alway know that giving of oneself is the most rewarding thing to do.  But i have learnt over the year, never to expect anything (not even a THANK YOU) in return!  When i was a child growing up and i would observe my mother and grandmother giving of themselves and not been appreciated or recognized and i would be furious.  I often wonder why!

But here i am as an adult experiencing the same thing and surprisingly i am dealing with it just as my mother and grandmother dealt with it.  And i am so proud of myself!!! Children really live what they learn…  I am very happy that i have followed in there footstep and i hope i am not on of those people as we would call them in Jamaica “ungrateful people”.

But it is all love to one and all!  And to all you in cyber world please remember never stop giving.

One love!