We always thought our old 1994 Landrover Defender, though very well suited to the terrain and bad roads here in the Blue Mountains, was simply noisey, hot and not ‘overcomfortable’. Mostly used to tranfer guests from Mavis Bank coffee factory to the farm, it appears, Big Blue is a big hit with guests. Now deemed (by me mostly) a classic, we are offering the Big Blue experience. Driving from the Lime Tree Farm to Cinchona Botanical Gardens or to Abbey Green and returning via Radnor – aproximately -4 hours. A lot of Landrovers are now in captivity in the cities and suburbs. This is a chance to experience a Landrover in the wild – as was intended by the designer.
Due to our ever changing climate, each year is different regarding all or crops – plantain, banana, citrus, pears, vegetables etc. In particular, this year, our coffee crop. We appear to be having a last minute rush! The crop is very late, and due to the decision last year to ‘cut back’ under productive coffee bushes and replanting to replace old coffee bushes the crop will be small. Still, enough for us to process and roast for guests staying at the farm. Our Blue Mountain coffee is complimentary in all rooms and is served with meals. Our coffee tour, also complimentary to guests, from bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions. Brave the road and savor a unique experience at Lime Tree Farm.
To all our adventurous guests who went that extra mile to visit us at Lime Tree during 2018/19 season.
We well know it requires more than a little extra effort to reach Lime Tree Farm. The poor condition of our road has always been a challenge for guests, though to look at it another way – the road is the reason our community and surrounding area is so unspoilt.
So, we would like to thank all our guests for, literally and metaphorically ‘going that extra mile’. As they say in Jamaica – ‘Nuff respect, big up yourself ‘.
A look back through old photos. The Blue Mountains has been our home for over 25 years. We’ve seen a lot of changes, though I am happy to report that the community of Lime Tree has remained largely the same and relatively undeveloped. For years we lived a very basic existence, no electric or piped water – and ants in the biscuits!
After a tip off from a local birding guide, along with guests we checked out a new birding site – Mahogany Vale ( pronounced locally as ‘ Mogganyvill’). Good spot, as well as endemics, sighted egrets, herons, a Louisiana water thrush, ducks and water fowl.
After 60 years, artist, Angela Baker revisited Cinchona Gardens. In 1959, Angela and her future husband biked it to the gardens. Although the house has been there since the late 1800’s, Angela tells me there were no other habitations between Mavis Bank and the gardens. Also, the road was no better, or worse than today – bone jarring and teeth rattling!
I was hugely interested in Angela’s story, Angela really is an adventure traveller. Cinchona gardens are popular with our guests and my personal favourite excursion. Add this to my love of all things motorcycle, – what a cool photo!
Wishing all our guests, past present and future a happy, healthy and peaceful new year. If you make some money as well, that’s a bonus.
As promised, our MP Juliet Holness returned with her photographer. Perfect location with the Blue Mountains as a back drop.
Followed by our own Blue Mountain coffee, what more could you ask for?
Our MP, Juliet Holness visited our community to discuss (among other topics), the bad condition of our road. After dinner at the farm and a cup of Blue Mountain coffee we were promised help in the way of materials. Along with our community ‘road days’ this should see an improvement in driving conditions to the farm in the near future.
Team Gillette are a group of doctors and nurses from the USA, that for the last 10 years have visited Jamaica to help disabled children. They donate equipment and medicine as well as their own vacation time. We were privileged to have some of them as guests at Lime Tree Farm. On behalf of Jamaica, as they say here – nuff respect and big up yourself.