Land Tour

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Christine Rolle is an extraordinary local Bahamian woman who exudes love of life, people and her most beloved Exuma Island.  A self-made person with drive and initiative, she manages property, runs a bus, drives taxi, is a published author and does "Bush Medicine Tours."
Christine wheels you around the island in a modern 20 person  bus. During the trip she dialogues points of interest and fields questions from the passengers. Her wit and demeanour are refreshingly candid and she tells it like it is!
This is on the trip south from George Town.
One of the Red Shanks anchorages.
Another one ...
Here a mango tree - results in a stop and chat from Christine about early childhood and how plants and fruits were imported into the island.
An interesting contrast in economies of scale!
Here Christine piles everyone off the bus to visit a cousin's local garden. She's holding a large beet just pulled and discussing the locals' menus for land subsistence living.
More postcard pictures.
We visited an old tomb of the wife and child of the original white settler "Rolle" who had brought the first slaves to Exuma.
Same as above.
Some of the old ruins that we visited.
The group shepherded by Christine, tasted various plants, herbs and roots growing freely in the bush. Christine details everything from leaves used as spoons to plants with natural detergents for cleaning  ones hair.
On the road again, to the new bridge ...
... and old ferry dock ruins.
Interesting local home.
House of the "Shark Lady." (Don't ask.)
More scenery.
The "Pillar of Salt" marking the entrance to the Williams Town salt ponds. (Pillar is really concrete, but you get the idea.)
An abandoned wreck lies off the beach at the Salt Ponds.
View from the "Pillar" looking eastward.
The local wildlife examining the wildlife watching the wildlife.
Scenery - what can we say.
Often Christine will whip off onto the roadside, jump out, scurry around in the bushes and return with a plant or herb. These are often passed out to everyone to sample taste or texture. She explains now they're  still used to combat diseases.
The very old St. Andrews Anglican Church in beautiful condition today.
A local watering hole that puts on a great buffet, but does not always serve it on the day advertised.
Local land development trying to emulate Ft. Lauderdale - too bad.
Interesting home built on the foundations of an old slave kitchen.
More scenery.
Obligatory stop at a local plantation gets everyone out buying goodies to take back to their boats.
Here the Admiral picks up my favourite green baby bananas. These are so sweet and flavourful that you'll never want a regular banana again.
Here are the baby bananas growing on the Exuma. This is unusual because Bahamians import almost all their fruit and vegetables.
These flowers were on an unusual Chinese Fig tree that did not produce any figs. Hmmm???
Up the north side of George Town near Farmers Hill, is a Four Seasons Hotel boasting expensive exclusive service. You need to check the customer satisfaction ratings before booking in here. Looks nice ...
... with all the trimmings.
Same area as the local people see it.  We climbed the radio tower hill to take the next pictures.
Farmers Hill looking south toward George Town.
Farmers Hill looking east into Exuma Sound.
Farmers Hill looking north toward the Four Seasons hotel.
The beach at Ocean Bight.
Farmers Hill proper.
The march back to the bus by the troops.
Scenery on the return trip.
We stop for lunch and of course a few "Kalik."
After lunch a small rest stop beckons the troops.
Christine's Philosophy (Bahamian Bush Medicine): A smile costs nothing, but gives much.  It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.  None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it.  A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship.  It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and it is nature's best antidote  for trouble.  Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away.  Some people are too tired to give you a smile.  Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.