As an addendum to an older blog ‘ Large amounts of peace and quiet in the Blue Mountains’, we, at Lime Tree Farm would also like to point out that there are nearly zero amounts of noise, water, light, people and air pollution. These conditions will not last. Inevitably, the spread of houses, infrastructure and people will increase the levels of all these pollutants, and (what is now being termed) the ‘unspoiled’ side of the hill will be – to us and our lifestyle – spoiled. So, the message is – visit our side of the Blue Mountains sooner, rather than later.
Sunrise hiking to the Blue Mountain peak is increasing in popularity, especially during the full moon – and in particular, the super full moon: this phase can be as much as 15% larger and 6% brighter. Hiking through the night may not sound that exciting, but the payoff is more than worth it. Average hiking time to the peak is only 3 hours, the trail being good and well maintained. ( We strongly recommend a guide!) A few dates to note, though, obviously the info is readily available on the interweb.
Mar 9 Super full moon
Apr 7 Super full moon
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.
I’m checking through various booking websites, and really, I am a little confused. The distances quoted for hotels in Kingston to the Blue Mountains seem on the ‘ low’ side! These range from 5 to 9 miles. And while they may well bring you within the limits of the Blue Mountains, you will need to travel a lot further to guest houses or the start of the BM peak hiking trail. The real figures are around 20 miles to Mavis Bank and 24 miles to the walking trail, around 1 hour and 2 hours respectively. Budget around 80-100 US$ each way.
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.
Old grey beard, for many years our daily transport. An ex government vehicle, originally a station wagon until landing wheels up in a gully and subsequently converted into a pickup. I believe it was a 1986 series 2A ( feel free to correct me). For many years every block, piece of lumber, bag of cement, nail and screw was lugged up the mountain in old grey beard – Landrover hard fi dead.
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’.
It’s that time of year again, the coffee is ripening on the bush and we have started picking. The crop looks good, fingers crossed that we get a fair price for it and no last minute farming type disasters. This is our busiest time of year, along with the crop we host a lot of guests. A coffee tour – bush to roaster is one of our most popular attractions and is complimentary to guests.
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.
Another question often asked by guests is – which is the best route to Lime Tree? The easiest and shortest journey time is to pass through Kingston, (Papine) on to Gordon Town and follow the road to Mavis Bank. Traveling from the West or the North coast, this is the most logical route. From Portland there are other options. Taking the B1 from Buff Bay and cutting through the mountains via Irish Town is a very pretty drive, though very twisty and will take longer. From Portland, driving around the Eastern tip of the island and along the south coast there is access turning off at Morant Bay or Yallus. This is the adventurous route, you will need a vehicle with good clearance, preferably 4 wheel drive and it is a much longer journey time. Beware of GPS or Satnav ‘advice’, this can be a little misleading. We are always happy to answer any inquiries re routing or travel times.