I love a good barbecue and there is nothing like indulging in the smoky flavors of barbecue that you’ve prepared yourself. Food that you put your time and energy into always taste better and barbecue is no exception. As grilling season rapidly approaches many of you are probably looking into replacing your old outdoor BBQ grill and may even be researching built in BBQ Islands for your backyard. Whether you are a barbecue guru or not a few grilling tips can never hurt and will add to your arsenal of tricks for creating barbecue that hits the spot with your friends and guests. The inn sets out fishing poles and bikes with fat tires to navigate the sandy paths to the beach or the ruins of the 50-room mansion Lucy and Thomas Carnegie built. It was largely abandoned by the 1930s, a victim of dwindling family interest, increased taxes and the Depression. Arsonists burned it to the ground in 1959 in what is believed to have been a dispute between poachers and a caretaker that involved a shooting.
The climate of Langkawi is, perhaps, the most diverse climate of all islands of Malaysia. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy both the tropical and moderate climate. The climate varies with elevation above sea level. On the lowland, the highs are around 90 F and lows around 70 F throughout the year. While the relative humidity, which remains around 80 percent throughout the year may disturb you but you have a chance here to escape from it. Just go the cable car and climb up to about 3000 feet to feel the most beautiful climate. Here both the high and low are 10 degrees lower with gentle and refreshing breeze blowing most of the time.
Business is a cold, sober calculation; coldly, I conclude that the Resort and Spa as presented is economically unviable. Dreams won’t change what is unviable. I highly suspect this is the main reason they stopped construction; they probably did some more-realistic number crunching, and discovered they were getting themselves deeper into a losing proposition.
Trees. We talked about ’em a week or so ago. Once upon a time the largest tree on the Island was thought to be an Oak of some sort at 314 Clear Lake Road. Well, that tree is gone so as I wander aimlessly around out little slice of paradise I am looking for a new contender. I thought about the Black Jack Oak at Sundial Park but no. And I remember a huge Oak that used to be on Narcissus but it too is long gone. Kim and Joe on Oak have a contender but…my neighbor Reva has the prize so far. Her two Live Oaks have not only survived Ike, Alicia and Frances but years of butchery by HL&P’s hackers. The north tree measures 9 feet 8 1/2 inches around and the south tree is 8 feet 7 inches. I’ll post height as soon as I figure out how to get it. You think you know where there is a bigger tree? Let me know.
In many ways the islands fulfil every expectation of what an island should be. The key basics of rock and sand, turquoise water and blazing sunsets are all present and correct. Most importantly there is the feeling of escape – adrift from the mainland you are immersed in the elements: sea, sun, wind and rain in a vast arena of big sky and distant horizon. This small collection of modest islands are connected by the toing-and-froing of open-topped boats, conveying the hoards from St Mary’s to St Agnes, Tresco, Bryher or St Martin’s. Each island an individual, yet part of the whole.