Been reading a lot about ‘ dark sky sites’, areas with zero light pollution and clear skies. At Lime Tree Farm, while not a designated sight we have ‘ virtually’ zero light pollution and with the clear, unpolluted mountain air the milky way is clearly visible. Naturally the best times are on new moon nights! On the other hand, full moon and particularly super moon nights are especially beautiful in the mountains. Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself.
Well, looks like it’s all over for another year. Jamaica got lucky and escaped unscathed, new records were set, both meteorologically and financially. I am of course referring to the 2019 hurricane season. Someone, somewhere has to, more often than not take a punch, and while we at Lime Tree let out a sigh of relief, we spare a thought for all those people impacted by storms or hurricanes. Each year we get away with it means there is an ever increasing possiblity we may be next. Still, we were prepared, if you expect a punch don’t stick your chin out.
This is me the morning after arriving at Lime Tree Farm for the first time, the year is 1993. My geographical knowledge was zero, I booked a flight from Miami to – Montego Bay, wrong end of the island! I hired a small motorcycle in Negril and had an ‘ interesting’ ride to the Blue Mountains. I believe everything happens for a reason, and looking back now with the standard issue rose tinted glasses, I now realise it was the first piece of the gigantic puzzle that has become the Lime Tree Farm experience which has dominated our lives for 26 years. Little by little it is all starting to make sense – to me anyway. PS The ride back to Negril was equally ‘ interesting’.
Another little ditty re life (and living) in Jamaica.
Recently followed an interesting conversation on the radio, where Jamaica was described as a ‘cultural superpower’. Jamaicas’ problems are many and few people here will disagree. But I felt that this sums up Jamaica and its people perfectly. Jamaica and Jamaicans can, above all else be proud of their culture and their out going and friendly nature. In my opinion – one of the most vibrant and enthusiastic cultures in the world. Big up yourself Jamaica.
Giving the figures provided by the tourist board for visitors to Jamaica ( almost entirely cruise ships and all inclusive hotels), we at Lime Tree calculate that less than 0.1% of tourists to the island make it to the Blue Mountains. Meaning ther are huge deposits of peace and quiet going unused. The Blue Mountains are one of the most natural, unspoiled and beautiful regions of Jamaica, be adventurous, treat yourself to the Blue Mountain experience.
There has been some concern from prospective guests regarding the condition of our road. While not unjustified, this does require some clarification.
From Kingston to Mavis Bank Coffee Factory the road is, while not in great condition, still easily driveable in any town vehicle.
The road from the factory to the farm (around 20 minutes) is rough, best to have a vehicle with good ground clearance ,preferably 4 wheel drive.
We offer a complimentary return transfer from the factory to the farm. Vehicles can be safely parked at the factory.
Over the years many guests have driven to the farm, and enjoyed the adventure and experience – pretty well summing up a stay at Lime Tree Farm.
Here in the blue mountains – at the end of every bad road you will find unspoiled beauty, peace and quiet.
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.
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!
Finally finished the fireplace! One old cement mixer drum, 64 separate metal plates, 1020 rivets – and a very sore hand! After a day bird watching or hiking in the Blue Mountains enjoy a cup of Blue Mountain coffee in front of the fire on those ‘cooler’ evenings.
After a pleasant night camping at Lime Tree, we decided, since the weather was holding up to ‘up sticks’ and head for Cinchona Botanical gardens for a night. It really was the most beautiful, serene and tranquil night. We cooked over an open fire and brewed fresh Blue Mountain coffee – heaven.