Bermuda A Gem Of An Island
We were in a colonial Bermuda home and I offered to give her a helping hand carrying drinks from the kitchen.
We walked past the eclectic artifacts in Edna’s house. On the way I admiredthe beautiful antiques crafted from Bermudan cedar as we went.
On the lawn, Edna placed her tray carefully on the table that overlooked the Bermudan bay. That afternoon we had boated her home as guests on a cruise. Most of the guests knew what was about to transpire!
I had no idea who Edna was, except that she had a husband who was legendary – as was the Bermudan Dark and Stormy that I was about to sample.
The Dark and Stormy is the native drink of choice and a simple blend of dark rum and ginger beer. But first the ice!
Edna carefully added a few cubes of ice to each glass. Mine being the exception that seemed to be heaped to the top.
Slowly she poured rum into each glass. Mine seemed to take an extraordinarily different length of time. As the rum approached the top of the glass I exclaimed to Edna that she had made a mistake. I don’t drink rum or fancy cocktails.
Edna looked at me with the corner of her lip wryly turned up. “There is only one rule in Bermuda” she exclaimed “the rum needs to cover the ice”. I had just been introduced to Bermuda. It was going to be a fun afternoon!
A very good friend, Mervin Mascarenhas was our tour guide for this trip. We had some business to do in Bermuda and Mervin offered to connect us to the right people after having lived there for a few years.
Bermuda, while more expensive than the average destination is an absolute gem. It truly is a “Treasure Island” hideaway steeped in history and tradition.
Our week or so on the island was busy from start to finish but today was our day to relax.
Tom, a friend of Mervin’s had borrowed his brothers boat and had taken us on a tour. At some point it seemed like there was a shouting match as we watched Edna on the top deck of her home try and ascertain who was talking to her.
It was Tom… who was part of the bloodline that originally founded Bermuda. Trouble was that they were both a little deaf. A few minutes later, Edna, who must have been close to 80 years old, wandered out on to the lawn and suddenly realized we were friends and not foe!
Edna’s husband, Teddy Tucker has passed away a few years earlier. He was a notorious wreck diver and movie advisor having worked on Jaws originally.
As you might imagine, that afternoon we were regaled with stories of Teddy’s adventures and a more perfect setting could not be found.
Edna was the most delightful host and were it not for Mervin we would never have met.
Mervin had met Teddy and was gifted a piece of lignum that he would use to make exquisitely luxurious pens. On this trip after hearing of Teddy’s passing he wanted to present a pen to the daughter.
For me, a piece of my heart was left in Bermuda… I no longer have much heart left to leave anywhere, but Bermuda should definitely be on your list of places to visit.This entry was posted in Travel