Imagine: beautifully contoured fairways
overlooking panoramic vistas of the ocean. Hilltop
views, stunning sunsets, breath-taking cliffs and
the glow of pink sand beaches. From east end to
west, Bermuda’s sprawling golf courses are picturesque no matter the season. It’s no wonder that
every year, the island plays host to an impressive
list of world-renowned championships, including
the season-ending PGA Grand Slam in October.
Also held during winter months is The Bermuda
Goodwill Tournament, a pro-am event in which
teams from around the world compete across four
of the island’s best golf courses; exciting championship play is held annually at the beginning
of December. The off-season is also the perfect
opportunity to learn a trick or two by booking
lessons with a resident pro. You can brush up on
your strokes without having to schedule weeks in
advance, plus it’s not nearly as hot!
Did you know that heart disease is the
leading cause of death in Bermuda? And did you
know that there are a handful of everyday things
that you can do to reduce your risk? Learn more
about the prevalence and causes of heart disease
by attending an upcoming seminar organised
by Bermuda Heart Foundation. Aided by an
extensive list of partners and sponsors on island,
the charity advocates for education on the very
serious topic of heart disease. They also host
cooking demos, wellness fairs and even jump-rope workshops that are designed to empower
people of all ages to be more health conscious.
Whether you join a gym, learn a sport or even just
eat more veggies, this winter, challenge yourself
to stick to a healthy new regimen.
As you’re looking forward to spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, don’t forget
that the entire month of February is Heart Month.
Championing their Let’s Go Red Campaign, Bermuda Heart Foundation offers cardio group talks,
free health screenings, high-intensity exercise
sessions and lots more. Be sure to show your
support by wearing red and making a tag-day
donation on Friday, February 6.
Commonly known as Bermuda
Holly, Illexvomitoria was introduced
to the island from Virginia in the
eighteenth century. Well suited to
Bermuda’s subtropical climate and
sandy soil, the slow-growing plant
became quite prolific and made for
a manageable and eye-pleasing addition to household gardens. Think
you may have a holly bush growing
in your backyard? Look out for the
small white flowers that bloom in
late summer and, of course, the
telltale red fruit that are a delicacy
for birds and small mammals.
Although less widespread than
it used to be, Illexvomitoria can still
be found in well-drained coastal
areas such as along the Railway Trail.
The low-lying bushes are
traditionally harvested for their
hardy, berry-covered branches
that make for pretty table decorations and Christmas ornaments.
BERMUDA HEART FOUNDATION