Now to the food. Rain is the resident chef. Let me preface this by saying this was our best meal in a week of wonderful meals. Fisherpond is rated by Zagat's as the Best Bajan (local) cuisine in Barbados. And they are right. The food was fresh, delicious and perfect.
While Rain was in the kitchen, John regaled us with tales of the provenance of the antique-filled home, the famous guests they've hosted (including Prince Harry, who was evidently ill-behaved), and stories of his colorful life. One story we like is that Rain's father ran a sugar plantation and wished for two things: rain for his crops and a daughter. He got both and named the little girl after the elixir that provided their livelihood. (To top it off Rain's daughter is Summer Rain and grandaughter is Aurora Rain...)
John and Rain have a massive cache of china, crystal, silver, linen and accessories which they like to coordinate for any given event. Most of the pieces are valuable antiques -- they use the Tiffany glassware for their weekly luncheons and love the mix-and-match. So did I!
I topped off my lunch with a delicious espresso served in a paper-thin antique espresso cup and sterling silver spoon.
The rooms of the house are available for parties and events -- they just use or push aside the furniture as needed.
In a lush upper garden John and Rain house exotic birds. This ancient water purifier (rain falls in the top stone bucket and slowly is filtered until it's clean) serves as an alternative ceremony backdrop.
John calls this his English garden; it links the upper and lower lawns and is yet another picturesque spot for ceremony, cocktails or photos.