The Barbados Housing Authority
Walking Into My Past
St. Michael, Barbados
This is The Barbados Housing Authority building. And my only regret is this is relatively a new building. It has been 3 to 4 years now that this new building was erected. But there are still memories here.
I remembered the huge premises as a playing ground for kids in the Garden Land, a nearby community (village). Lots of trees located in the rear of the property created a wonderful place to play and have fun. It was a wonderful area for hunting Doves and picking fruit.
There was and still is a concrete canal running behind the Housing Authority that ferries the excess waters waste from the nearby Laundry facility. Kids would jump from one side of the narrow canal to the other trying not to fall in to the water. To the locals this canal was called the “dippy”, and that bit of maneuvering was called, the panty.
But if there was any one thing that I loved about the visiting that area of the property was the humongous Almond tree that still stands. I really cannot give a number to the amount of almonds that I consumed. Those days I cannot forget.
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BU’s memory of that area is the pharmacy which was located at the corner of Country Road, a little further down the street from the building now featured.
I don’t recall the name of it now.
At that time Roebuck Street was a hustle and bustle.
The pharmacy you might be referring to is Stoutes Pharmacy. I am not a hundred percent sure of the spelling for Stoutes, but I think that is it. Yup…that are is vivid in my mind.
BarbadosInFocus~thanks for the feedback. Do you know if the Stoutes are related to the Stoutes of St. Philip? Do you have any history about them to share? The BU household is a student of history you see.
I am not sure, but I will look into it.