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Seaview Gardens: Dinning on breakfast in the Sunroom

This week was exhausting. No one told me that wielding a paint brush and hauling paint tins, would be such a work out. After painting windows, walls and floors for three days, my body ached. So, it was with pleasure that I supped in the evening cool of said room. As the evening stars peeked … Continue reading Seaview Gardens: Dinning on breakfast in the Sunroom

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Constructing Labour Day Project

As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

Denise N. Fyffe

As the heat intensifies, the changes on my mom’s house progresses.

I thought it too much, to expect us to bear this persistent summer’s heat under the present conditions. According to official weather records, earth has seen 12 straight months of record temperatures in 137 years, of record keeping. The planet is only getting hotter.

So, I am making major, but cost efficient changes to the house; until I can build us an AC-ed mansion on the hill.

Since Friday, I added on a patio or veranda section to the house, so that we can leave the original front door and windows open in the nights.

The construction is not yet complete, however, today there was a vast difference with the air circulation.

I will share the pictures below.

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Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty by Denise Fyffe

I lie in bed, feeling like a beached dolphin. The heat is caressing my skin in the most intimate ways; it's intolerable. My handyman, jack of all trades and community troublemekker, Manny, came by this weekend, because I had to pull em out, fix em up and plug em in. What you ask? My fans! … Continue reading Seaview Gardens: Summer 2016, Roshan and Biscayne Bay on Double Duty by Denise Fyffe

Seaview Gardens: April Showers or Trickles? by Denise N. Fyffe

Summer in Jamaica, unofficially, starts mid April. Over the last three years, the heat sits upon the land, like a fat rhino in labour, refusing to budge.   April showers has been downgraded to April trickles. Kingston and St. Andrew sees very little rain compared to previous years. Seaview Gardens sees even less. Last year, … Continue reading Seaview Gardens: April Showers or Trickles? by Denise N. Fyffe

Seaview Gardens Jamaica: Breaking StopLights, Breaking Bodies by Denise N. Fyffe

The Spanish Town Road area is considered a built up area and as such the speed limit is 50km. Mind you this is tad bit slow for certain sections, but it is definitely warranted at this major thoroughfare. I have seen many vehicles passing me so fast, I am left in fumes and a mirage of their tail end.

Denise N. Fyffe

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The stoplight on Spanish Town Road and Seaview Gardens intersection is a scary place for any motorists or pedestrian. You never know if the drivers who drive by will be breaking lights or breaking bodies.

My Experience

One of the scariest times of year is the Christmas season. During this time, I approach the intersection, with the fear of God in my heart and a prayer on my lips. December 2014, was especially memorable, because every time I was at that stoplight, at least six cars on both sides of the road ran the light, including Trucks.

Earlier this year, the stoplight changed to allow us to come across the intersection, but I heard the horn of a large truck speeding from the six miles side, having no intention to stop, even though the lights changed at least 4 seconds before. My car was half way…

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Seaview Gardens Jamaica: Draw Bad Card, Disturbing the Peace by Denise N. Fyffe

I want to disturb my neighbour,
‘Cause I’m feelin’ so right;
I want to turn up my disco,
Blow them to full watts tonight, eh! – Bob Marley

Read in between those lines.

Denise N. Fyffe

Seaview Gardens

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Bob Marley‘s “Draw bad card’, yes, that’s what pumping on this lane in Seaview Garden’s at 6:00 o’clock in the evening. The next door neighbor seem to be mouthing whomever triggered a week of quiet. It was blessed peace that reigned when the ‘siphoners‘ of electricity got abruptly disconnected.

The uneventful and quiet weekend was duly shattered when the words of our pioneer Reggae singer, Bob Marley, were chanted with bravado.

Bob Marley‘s “Draw bad card’ lyrics

You a-go tired fe see me face;
Can’t get me out of the race.
Oh, man, you said I’m in your place
And then you draw bad cyard –

I want to disturb my neighbour,
‘Cause I’m feelin’ so right;
I want to turn up my disco,
Blow them to full watts tonight, eh! –

Read in between those lines. Even though there is a…

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Seaview Gardens Jamaica: Teenage Moonlight Lovers 2 by Denise N. Fyffe

Recently the police have been conducting raids on parties and they have arrested children, who should otherwise be in their beds, and their parents face prosecution as well. After I wrote my article, I discovered this article: 20 children arrested at party in Seaview Gardens

Denise N. Fyffe

The Mating Call

lovers-271191_1280At night, the Seaview Gardens teenage moonlight lovers come out in all their glory. Shorts and skirts are worn, leaving nothing to the imagination and allowing free access to parts which should otherwise remain under chaste custody. But no, they are drawn like the tide by the high summer moon, then they pair up and sneak off; mingling the way lovers do.

In the early years, I was quite perplexed for a season and wondered if I had drifted into the Amazon jungle. It seems every time some youth passed by the lane, all kinds of birds chattered after him. I soon realized that like the maroons of Jamaica who traveled through the hilly terrain of the interior, these ingenious hormone-filled teenagers had ciphered a way to send messages to each other.

Usually grills and doors would open and young teens would be seen wandering off into…

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Seaview Gardens Jamaica: Teenage Moonlight Lovers by Denise N. Fyffe

It is the natural order of life for males to be attracted to females. It is a natural game for one to seek the other and hopscotch their way into a relationship. What is not natural is seeing young boys and girls openly engaging in big man and big woman activities.

Denise N. Fyffe

teenage moonlight loversIt is the natural order of life for males to be attracted to females. It is a natural game for one to seek the other and hopscotch their way into a relationship. What is not natural is seeing young boys and girls openly engaging in big man and big woman activities. Children are only at this stage once and should enjoy their childhood, learn and mature in a timely manner. Not in Seaview Gardens and many other communities in Jamaica. There seems to be a race for the joys and pleasures of adulthood, which can be dangerous for these teenage moonlight lovers, our children.

We all know about hanky panky, but this is now an epidemic among our youths. In recent years, Jamaica has seen a sharp rise in child sexual abuse and child kidnapping cases. But really, we knew this was coming, because as a nation we have tolerated…

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