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There's a special aura about having a picnic on a remote, uninhabited island. . . .

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Picnic at Prickly Pear

[Click to enlarge] A day at Prickly Pear, a short boat ride away from Sandy Ground pier is the perfect spot for a beach outing with a touch of adventure.

We packed some pelau (a one-pot dish made of chicken, rice and peas and various seasonings), a cooler of drinks and some snacks, and we were off on "Gotcha". Garfield, the boat captain, made his way across the waters in about fifteen minutes. There are two restaurants on the island, one run by Johnno's and the other by Zara's. They were closed the day of our visit, but we were grateful for their shade, tables and chairs, where we spread our picnic.

The beach is gorgeous and the wildlife there seems to be flourishing. The kids had fun coaxing over a dozen bright finches and canaries to feed from their hands and looking for lizards. The coconut trees are quite robust and the natural vegetation is doing well.

Various charter boats including Gotcha can arrange to carry you to Prickly Pear. The return boat trip cost us US$40 per person for our group.

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Story and pictures by Janine Edwards

Anguillians Attend Remembrance Service

To:   Daily Herald
From: Brenda Carty         
Date: September 24, 2001

Anguillians attend remembrance service

ANGUILLA-A large cross-section of the community was in attendance at the Service of Remembrance held on Monday evening, September 17 at the St Mary's Anglican Church. It was organized by the Government of Anguilla, the Anguilla Christian Council and the Anguilla Evangelical Association.

Governor Peter Johnstone described the events in America as a horror movie that no one could believe but that gradually sank in as reality that had caused immense destruction and loss of life on a country that prides itself on homespun democracy. He described the enormous sadness, sympathy and effort to be with the people who have suffered, and the bravery that has followed. He suggested that Anguillians will need to be sensitive to visitors' feelings as so many of the tourists visiting the island are from the Eastern seaboard. He ended his talk with the words, "God bless America."

ministers at the service

The Chief Minister, Osbourne Fleming described the outpouring of love and togetherness that has resulted from the tragic events, noting that this is a lesson for everyone and we all need this outpouring of love. He described how the USA has touched the lives of everyone in some way or another and he thanks the US for all they have done and wants them to know that we are concerned. The repercussions on tourism and the economy were also included in the Chief Minister's brief talk. "When I look at what happened we are nothing," he said, "it behoves us to live as if each day is our last."

The service was led by Rev Menes Hodge and several ministers from the Christian and Evangelical Councils took part including Pastors Ambrose Richardson, Lucien McDonna and Philip Gumbs, Rev Janetta James and Father Herberger. Lessons were read by the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, Hubert Hughes. Rev Keithley Richardson, Superintendent of the Methodist Church gave "Words of Comfort". The theme of his talk was to fight back with love, not to be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good. He said his dream is for the USA to go to Afghanistan with food, medical supplies and aid to help the people there who are already in a grave situation. He suggested that love alone will bring peace. In trying to make sense of it all he said that hatred destroys the hater and the hated in acts of terror, that provokes fear and anger and that anger will ferment into more anger and revenge. "Seek comfort and support each other," he advised.

Attending the service were the Governor and Mrs Johnstone, the Chief Minister and Mrs Fleming, Ministers of Government, Permanent Secretaries and Special Assistants as well as other senior government personnel. At the end of the service the Royal Anguilla Police Force band played the national anthems of Great Britain, the USA and the Anguilla National Song. Music during the service was played by organist Lennox Vanterpool.

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To:   Daily Herald
From: Brenda Carty      
Date: September 24, 2001

Government of Anguilla expresses sympathy

ANGUILLA-Acting Chief Minister, Eric Reid issued a press release following the tragic events in the USA on Tuesday.

He says, "The Government of Anguilla is shocked and saddened by the scale of the destruction and loss of life which resulted from the apparent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

The Government of Anguilla solicits the prayers of the people of Anguilla for the Government and people of the United States and especially for the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy."

He goes on to say that the Anguilla Government condemns the use of violence for the promotion of any cause regardless of its legitimacy and joins with other governments in supporting the punishment of the perpetrators "of these evil acts".

To:   Daily Herald
From: Brenda Carty         
Date: September 24, 2001

Governor sends letter to US President ANGUILLA-At a meeting on Thursday September 13 of the Executive Council the Governor, Peter Johnstone was authorized to send a condolence message to the President of the United States on behalf of the people and government of Anguilla.

The text of the letter reads, "On behalf of the Government and people of Anguilla, I offer sincere condolences on the enormous loss of life as a result of the acts of terrorism on Tuesday. Please express to all concerned the deep feeling of sadness and sympathy felt by the people of Anguilla for the suffering, which these despicable acts have caused."

The letter went on to say how although Anguilla is a small island we often host visitors from New York, Boston and the Eastern seaboard and therefore feel a closeness with people from that area, making it much more poignant. He also says how there are several Anguillians who live and work in the affected areas and that the people's thoughts are with them too.

He concludes, "Please be assured that your Government, the people of the United States of America and especially the victims and their families will feature prominently in our prayers."

Stories and pictures by Brenda Carty

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Sunny 84F 28C 67% Humidity, October 7
Low temp since last news report 77F 25C
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Farming & Ital Food

[Click to enlarge] An attractive coconut branch thatched wall was recently erected just in front of an agricultural plot in the centre of The Valley. Curious to discover what was behind it, I had a very interesting chat with the farmers who do more than farming.

For the past 5 months or so, four men have worked this lot, which was provided to them by the Agricultural Department. They are Iahkiah, Jah Youth, Ganga Ashes and Abbazulu, a popular calypsonian also known as I Spy. They plant a wide array of vegetables and fruits like wild lettuce, beets, cassava, carrots, pumpkin, okra, guinea corn, sweet corn, watermelon, bananas, spinach, papaya, thyme, chives, sweet peppers. They plant and reap on a daily basis and then sell their produce at the farm lot (look for their "Organic Food & Plants" sign) and around the island.

Part of their daily routine is to cook a pot of Ital food for their lunch and for friends or customers who may drop by. I enquired about the difference between Ital food and Vegetarian food and was advised that the cooking methods and requirements of Ital food are more strict.
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Abbazulu said: "You can't have Ital food unless you include coconut. No salt…no butter….no packaged seasonings…just the natural seasonings from the ground like garlic, onion…" . They grate coconut in a bowl, add some water and squeeze the coconut juice out. The coconut-water mix is used to cook the vegetables. Also they have a special clay pot that they cook in, as they believe that aluminum pots may leave metallic traces in the food. Abbazulu said: "Clay is from the earth, just like us.." They clean the clay pot with special bushes like Balsam bush or coconut husk.

They are exploring the possibility of cooking Ital food on a larger scale as they see a growing demand. This spot is worth a visit.

Directions: from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left. Continue straight past Island Car Rentals, Anglec and National Bank. Turn left at the light by Albert Lake's Market and drive past the library and the high school. At the roundabout go straight ahead up the row of mahogony trees. You should see the Organic Food & Plants sign on the left before you reach the baseball field.

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Story and pictures by Janine Edwards

Ital Black-eyed Peas and Rice

Rice and peas or peas and rice are a Caribbean staple. This dish can be made using any type of green or dried peas or beans with cooking time varying depending on the type of peas or beans used. For example, dried pigeon peas may need to be soaked overnight or cooked for hours until tender. The dried black-eyed peas used in this recipe require much shorter cooking time.


2 1bs. brown rice
1 large dried coconut*
1 medium red sweet pepper*
5 cloves garlic
thyme, rosemary, herbs and spices as desired
1/4 pkt. Soy chunks (optional)
1 fresh lime
1 lb. Black-eyed peas
1 medium onion
5 stalks chives (scallion or shallot)*
2 stalks celery
3 grains pimento (allspice)
2 large avocados

* These ingredients available at Organic Food & Plants in The Valley.


Inspect and wash peas and place in a large pot with four cups of water, one sprig thyme or rosemary and three grains of pimento. Bring to boil. While peas are cooking, shell and grate coconut add two to three cups of water. Squeeze through fine sieve or muslin to produce coconut milk, half of which is then added to the peas with chopped celery. Again bring to boiling point, then reduce flame and cook until peas are almost tender. Do not over cook, as brown rice generally requires longer cooking time than white rice and peas will disintegrate if cooked too long. Cook peas for no more than half an hour, (test for tenderness by squeezing between thumb and forefinger), add remaining coconut milk then add rice to boiling solution and lower flame.

Wash and peel onion and garlic, chop finely with sweet pepper and chives. Cook rice for 30 to 45 minutes based on brand and cooking instructions on package. Additional liquid may be required if liquid dries up before rice is properly cooked. Rice grains should be separate and not hard but firm. If soy chunks are to be added, they should first be soaked for a few minutes and added with the rice. For a vegetable cook-up, ital rice variation, chopped vegetables such as broccoli and carrots should be added when the rice is almost done so as not to overcook them.

Chopped seasonings are added to taste immediately as the pot is removed from the fire or the burner turned off. They will become tender from the heat of the rice but for best flavour, they should not be cooked. The red and or yellow pepper, green herbs and/or other vegetables should make this a very colourful dish. Garnish and serve with sliced avocado, sprinkled with the juice of a fresh lime.

Recipe contributed by Ijahnya Christian

The House of Tarru

[Click to enlarge] The House of Tarru, still relatively undiscovered, is a fun spot for finding unique gifts and products to pamper yourself. As you enter the boutique, you'll breathe in a delicate blend of scents of bath and body products and potpourri.

Young Anguillian entrepreneur Merlyn Rogers created this boutique which aims to live up to the meaning of its name: "beauty and confidence from the inside out", a phrase borrowed from the Walof Tribe of Gambia. Merlyn: "It's all about rejuvenating… rekindling… taking care of yourself…"

The House of Tarru features handmade soaps, scented candles, body oils, bath salts, facial treatments, footcare lines and scented loose potpourri.
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Tempting items like "Treasures of the Sea" soap and "Amaretto" potpourri are accompanied by pleasant fragrances. You can find unique items like my favourite… a candle in the shape, colour and size of a real "julie" mango. Floating candles, floral book ends, picture frames, vases and journals always make nice gifts. The boutique also offers a selective line of linen clothing, leather handbags and straw hats.

Merlyn has exciting plans for the upcoming months. She will be introducing complete spa lines from Upper Canada Soap and Candle Makers and also bringing in a French line L'Occitane, who feature spa products made of natural ingredients from Africa. The House of Tarru also hopes to soon offer pedicure services…perfect for unwinding after a long week.

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday 10am - 5pm. Tel. 497-8181; Fax 497-3978. Email:

Directions: starting from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rentals, Anglec and the National Bank. At the intersection by Albert's Supermarket, turn right and your are in The Quarter. House of Tarru is on the right just down the street.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards

Anguilla Diary: September 3 to October 7, 2001

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Friday, October 05, 2001

New Stamp Issue: Birds of Anguilla

See the latest stamps from Anguilla, including the birds issue. From the web site.

Preliminary Census Results.

Read the press-release from the Anguilla Government on the island's recently completed census.

Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Real Estate

Teachers' Week in Anguilla.

This is teachers' week with activities every day, including radio and TV shows, gospel concert on Thursday night, conference, dinner, and more. Read about it on the Anguilla Teachers' Union web site: click link above.

Primary School Football League.

Children from the Stoney Ground Primary School diligently develop their football skills guided by their coach Colin Johnson as they get ready for the upcoming Primary School Football League. This annual event which involves all the primary schools on the island is sponsored by the National Bank of Anguilla and comprises boys' and girls' leagues.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2001

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Animal Rescue Newsletter, Oct 2001.

Monday, October 01, 2001

Build Your Own:

New concept: Villatels. They call it the villatel, the new hybrid combining hotel services (spa, room service, restaurant scene) with the seclusion of a private house. Read this article from the Evening Standard (London), with the Altamer resort on Anguilla highlighted.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

You have to see the amazing craftsmanship in David Carty's cocktail tables based on the traditional Anguillian racing sailboat. One person was so impressed he ordered one for his house in Anguilla and one for his house in Canada.

Anguilla Forum:
Carib On-line

Body & Soul Beach and Fitness Club announces a special for all new members who subscribe in October:

- You can save the Membership fee for a year of US$ 20,-- if you sign up in October.
- Furthermore there will be one 30 minute massage included in the new contract (month: US$ 50,--)

Classes Monday - Friday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday also in the morning at 9 a.m. (Beginners welcome). Location: in Sandy Ground, on the beach, across from the Pumphouse.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

New Site: Cheddie's Carving Studio

Cheddie Richardson has his own web site now, with lots of pictures of his art work and information on how he creates his art. Just click any image on the site.
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Caribbean Tennis Professionals

Richard Ferdinand, a tennis pro who helps manage the programs at CuisinArt and Cap Juluca in Anguilla, plus Tryall Club in Jamaica, now has a web site for his business. Read about Shawn Romney, CTP member at Cap Juluca.

Monday, September 10, 2001
Restaurants and menus.

October Specials. Splash VIlla is offering with three special packages for couples for the month of October 2001. Take your pick….

Spa Package: $1,650 plus 10% gov’t tax – 7 nights, two 60 minute massages & two 30 minute hydrating seaweed facials by certified therapist, selection of complimentary spa amenities

Escape Package: $1,499 plus 10% gov’t tax – 10 nights at Splash for the price of one week.

Getaway Package: $999 plus 10% gov’t tax – 5 nights at Splash.

Private Pool…Great views of sea and St. Martin...Jacuzzi …Internet & fax…First day’s breakfast stock & more... Restrictions: Non-commissionable. Designed for couples. Valid October 1 – 31, 2001.

Saturday, September 08, 2001
Private villas for rent.

Tropical Construction Web Site. Mary Ann has updated her web site about constructing three houses on Anguilla. There are pictures of the finished entry area and much more.

Thursday, September 06, 2001
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

A New Business: Travel Light.

Enjoy the convenience of having your little home comforts while you’re on vacation in Anguilla. You can arrange to rent cribs, play pens, high chairs, pool floats, beach chairs, umbrellas and picnic amenities, fax machines, children’s books and more. Reservations recommended.   Email:

Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Submit a News Story.

Moonsplash 2002: March 1-3, 2002.

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Carnival 2001 Cheryl's Cafe
Omolulu Institute Recipe from E's Oven
Dophin Swim September Diary

About Anguilla

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