Finding inspiration while on vacation

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

A Place I will never forget and as good as it sounds (just don't lean on the trees).

This is something that I've always been proud of and something that I will never achieve again.

As a salesman travelling around what was called 'the salesman's graveyard' in Essex, East Anglia, Peterborough and Lincolnshire I found my niche.

Selling (a very boring) fax machine attachment to major business's in a competition against my colleagues I finished 297% of target.

With it I was awarded with an all expenses paid fortnight in Barbados with £1000 spending money and believe me in 1991 that was a fortune.

Needless to say it was the trip of a lifetime....what a place! Unfortunately it is no longer there as they have now transformed the plot into giant accommodation towers.

But it remained firmly in my memory which is why I had to bring it into a storyline.

The Eagle Legacy was just that story and the smells, the sounds, the tranquillity and the beautiful surroundings all came back to me as I penned the scene. Hopefully you can tell.

Relaxing on the balcony (alas no more).... Amazingly the very balcony that I once sat watching the fisherman dredge for Salmon

“Mark has performed outstandingly beating you all month in month out . Mark enjoy your 2 weeks in Barbados”

Old images (blurred) but now a Condo (very sad)

Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Carribeanr egion of North America. It is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 km2 (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Carribean Sea therein, Barbados is east of the Windwards, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 13 degrees North of the equator. It is about 168 km (104 mi) east of both the countries of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 km (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane bell Its capital and largest city is Bridgtown.

Inhabited by Kalinago people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appeared in a Spanish map in 1511.

Don't lean on the trees..the sap can give third degree burns have been warned.

The Portuguese visited the island in 1536, but they left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625; its men took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British Colony. As a wealthy sugar colony, it became an English centre of the African slave trade until that trade was outlawed in 1807 with final emancipation of slaves in Barbados occurring over a period of years from 1833.

On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British monarch (currently Queen Elizabeth II as hereditary head of state. It has a population of 284,996 people, predominantly of African descent. Despite being classified as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist destination. Forty percent of the tourists come from the UK, with the US and Canada making up the next large groups of visitors to the island.

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