Island Do’s of 2017

Whether you’ve lived on an island your whole life, or just moved to one, we want to suggest a few ways to enhance your island experience in 2017.    With the new year just starting, you might have already succumbed to the pressure of  “New Year, New Me” resolutions, that have at their root the desire to grow through education (schooling) and experiences (doing).   

Experts say, don’t try to do everything at once, so we’ve listed just a few ways, whether you’re an island lifer or just starting, that you can partake of some simple pleasures that will broaden your horizons, bring new friends, contribute to our community, and start your island memories. 

1.  Travel to an island of the Bahamas you have yet to explore.

Come on!    This could be as simple as boarding the boat at the Ferry Terminal on Paradise Island to head to Sandy Toes on Rose Island right off Nassau’s coast OR flying to our farthest island, Inagua, and looking for flamingoes. 

Island Do’s: Book your trip as far in advance as you can.   Airfare will be less costly, and it will give you more time to check out what’s available and get a few tips from someone who’s been there before.   Off season travel is often a favorite time for islanders, who really like to connect with their island neighbors.

2. Buy local souvenirs made on the island you’re visiting.   It’s also fun to meet the actual person who made the product and get their back story.   You’ll really be carrying home more than just a souvenir, it will be a memory.

Island Do’s:   Avoid “Made in China” products.  This will not only benefit the economy, but the
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who still practice crafts like straw plaiting, broom making, or basket weaving.   Going to that street straw shack or doing some research before might help find those hidden gems.

3. Learn a new watersport like surfing, skim boarding,  fly fishing or snorkeling.    Our islands are surrounded by water for a reason… FUN!

Island Do’s: Many islands serve as different platforms for unique watersports. The links below highlight a few:

Eleuthera and Abaco Surfing

Andros Bonefishing

4. Travel through chains of islands in an exploratory way.   Early islanders and even seafarers today, recognize unique features seen from the sea and use these to navigate their way through what the inexperienced would never recognize.  

Island Do’s:   Slow down and enjoy the views,  the peace and tranquility of being on the ocean with no agenda and all the time in the world. Some travel options listed below:

Boat 4 A Day 

Kayaking through archipelagos

 5. Get your Conch on!   Learn how to prepare conch salad, from shell to bowl.


Island Do’s
:   There is nothing like diving fresh conch and eating it that night for dinner. From scorch conch, to conch salad, to stew conch and cracked conch there are many ways to eat this Bahamian delicacy.

Conch 101

Now, take your pick.   If your focus for 2017 is to get  healthy, exercise more, travel more, broaden your circle of friends, or support an island community by turning strangers into friends, the Bahama islands are a great place to start.  

The Pineapple Post and Morley Realty Limited wish you a Bahamian gifted 2017.

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December’s Pineapple Pickin’s

This month’s pineapples have been spotted all around the islands of the Bahamas through this colder and blustier month of December. Check them out on our Instagram account @morleyrealtyltd

If you would like to submit a pineapple picture please directly message our Instagram account, or email the photo to morleyrealty@morleyrealty.com

Happy New Year of Pineapple Pickin’s everyone!

Traditions Old and New

Junkanoo is mixture of tradition and new age Bahamian stories that “rush” during the morning hours of Nassau on Boxing Day and New Years. This rhythmic and boisterous festival has been celebrated for decades and lightens the Yuletide time of year for Bahamians and visitors, not just because of the  costumes, but because Junkanoo is synonymous with the season.

There are many different myths of how the Junkanoo festival came to be. Some say that a man named John Canoe, an African prince who outwitted the English Loyalists, established the festival. Another story states that the festival is derived from the French word “L’inconnu”, meaning unknown. This refers to the dancers and music makers that wore masks during the festival in the early years of the tradition.

Junkanoo originated in the 17th century in the Bahamas, when slaves had three days off for the holidays. They would make costumes and perform down the streets of Nassau as an expression of freedom. Originally the performers would cover their face with flour paste, which quickly was replaced with wired masks and then with cardboard headpieces. Seen below is the development and themes of Junkanoo throughout the years.

1780s: Most of the African population arrives to The Bahamas as slaves of the Loyalists; this is when the tradition started.

1834: Abolition of Slavery under the British Rule did not eliminate the tradition of Junkanoo, but grows the amount of people that rush with the flood of freed slaves to the islands.

1920s: Costume themes included sponges because of the business it brought to the Bahamas.

1930s: Fringed crepe paper was used to decorate costumes, instead of scrap paper.

1960s: Women were allowed to participate in the parade, mostly in the dancing sections.

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Today Junkanoo is a celebration of national pride that Bahamians look forward to all year. The “rush-out” starts around 2AM and runs until 10AM that same morning. The magic of the darkness of the sky contrasts with the bright, colorful costumes, upbeat rhythm of the music, and energy of the performers. Under the streetlights of Bay Street the different groups dance through the morning in front of excited and dancing locals until they get to Rawson Square to be judged.

The six major Junkanoo groups: Saxons, Roots, One Family, Valley Boys, Colours and Music Makers will win most of the prizes, but there are also smaller groups, called “Scrap Groups” that fill the gaps in between. Each group prepares for months practicing their dance routines and music, and making the costumes and floats. The designs, themes and performances are the biggest secrets, not only in the Junkanoo community, but to the public as well, as they want the big reveal to be under the lights at 4AM on Boxing Day.

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Vintage Photos by: oldbahamas.com
Photos by: Emily Morley

 

Sharing Our Holiday Spirit

Happy Holidays to you and yours! Here at Morley Realty Ltd. we have been feeling the Christmas spirit since the first cold front blew in! Poinciettas line the desks and the smell of the Christmas tree fills the office. It is safe to say we are excited about this holiday season.

We are fortunate enough to be able to celebrate during this season, but it does not go without recognition that many families are battling a different battle. We hope that many of you have donated your time, forgotten toys and holiday spirit to those around you through this month of celebration.

Here are a few ways that the employees of Morley Realty Ltd. are spreading the holiday spirit this season, we hope we can inspire you to do the same!

  1. Buying Local- going down to the Straw Market, or the authentic Bahamian vendors and stores to buy island gifts to give to friends and family.
  2. Purchasing gifts for the Children’s Home on Bilney Lane and participating in the “Jesse Tree” at church where they give three gifts to persons within the church community.
  3. Giving back my time and money to help mostly kids who find it difficult to find food to eat this holiday season.
  4. Donating a turkey and ham to the Ranfurly Home for Children in honor of my mother, as we started this tradition many years ago.
  5. After the catastrophe of Hurricane Matthew I will be giving back my time to those who simply need shelter, by fixing roofs and providing asphalt shingles for others.
  6. Giving back to the Salvation Army kettle-bell ringers, as it always reminds me of Christmas and my father.
  7. Tipping those who take time out of their day to help me a little extra whenever I can.
  8. Practicing my patience and smiling to people who I interact with. A smile can go a long way, especially during a season where people are stressed about shopping.
  9. Making an effort to spend time with family and friends that I only get to see once in a while during the rest year.
  10. Appreciating the warm weather we are blessed with majority of the year here in The Bahamas. I will be outside for most of this holiday season taking care of and admiring our beautiful backyard.

The streets are full of shoppers, decorations and festive garlands hanging from balconies. Companies are closing down for Christmas, so families can spend time together and celebrate each other. Whichever holiday you celebrate during this time of the year, we wish you happy holidays!

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Happy Home Selling!

It’s the holiday season! There’s lots of joy, food, fun and family. Look at our checklist below if you’ve got your property on the market to make sure you alleviate any surprise or stress from this special season.

  • Speak to your real estate agent about days and times you know your property will be unavailable for showing. You don’t want to have your property shown on the day you’re preparing to host a Christmas get-together and it looks like a Kris Kringle cookie bomb went off in your kitchen.
  • Ask if your agent will be available during the holidays or might have someone covering for them if they’re going to be off the island. If they are travelling, ask them to have a back up plan. Touch base with you so you can make a quick connection BEFORE their request shows up in your voicemail or inbox.
  • If you are going to be out of town, make arrangements with your agent for being able to show your property, giving them the name, telephone number and email of your trusted contact or the location of your key.
  • Find that the best way for an agent to show your property, is it when no one is home and it is at its best? Sit down and talk to your out of town guests, teenagers, whoever might be under your roof, letting them know that you are selling your home and you would appreciate their cooperation and help if you get a request for a showing.   They’ll be prepared and glad to help.

Happy Home Selling!

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The Perfect Holiday Treat

The holidays are right around the corner, which means that holiday gift shopping is quickly reaching its limits. With only 13 days left to hand out gifts we are here to give you a solutions to all of your small gift needs. These Bahamian coconut candies are a tradition around Christmas time, seen throughout family stores in the seasons colors.

Received from The Gourmet Bahamian Cooking by Marie Mendalson and Marguerite Sawyer, this recipe is easy, kid friendly and places you on a white sand beach the instant you take a bite. With only three ingredients, this perfect holiday treat can act as a gift, as well as an after feast dessert that comes in any shape or size.

Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar

2/3 cups of evaporated milk

2 cups of freshly grated coconut

Instructions:

Combine the sugar and the milk in a saucepan. Over medium heat boil the combination until it turns into a thin syrup. About 5-10 minutes. Once the thin syrup has formed place the coconut into the saucepan and stir frequently to further combine and prevent burning. Once the mixture has thickened place dollops of it onto a damp platter or cookie sheet to dry and harden.

Tip: To allow the completed mixture to harden completely place in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

This Bahamian classic recipe has many different variations and styles that have evolved over time, but to this day is still a favorite of all sweetooths.
Learn more about:

Bahamian Cooking

Photos by Emily Morley