We are in Jamaica with family, and had such an insanely busy Christmas. There was a ton of preparations, and late-breaking invitations – up to & including a neighbour’s garden wedding. It’s so good to be home.
The first order of business was to meet Sierra who was just shy of 3 weeks old. She’s adorable. Her sleep-deprived Momma Gail has a house full of orchids, and lots of support/ VIPs on the way.
She opened the baby gifts while we were there, and the Sweetie Pie dress went over very well. I’m so glad that we could hand deliver this one – her reaction was priceless! I’m inspired to write the pattern UP. We are going to visit again, so hopefully I’ll have pics of the wee one.
I also took full advantage of the hot weather. Here I am wearing the Hottie Hottie Toppie for the first time:
It was my parents’ party in honour of the newlyweds. I was a little shy to wear a handknit in Jamaica (remember, any knitting is minimal at best here) but it was just fine. It really is a very nice tank. The mercerized cotton has good sheen but it’s still casual.
DH is also a Kingstonian, so we have family on both sides. His tree has serious trimmings:
Our tree as trimmed by the boys – late on the 23rd…
We both also had puppies to meet. They are 1 year old littermates of our dog Mia. See the gnawed table? That’s Ribbons’ on-going work.
His brother Mad Max is walking behind me here:
We (narrowly) got out of Kingston. Exactly when a tropical deluge hit the island. Thus ending the lovely drought. So no swimming. We whiled away the hours in serious debate with Brother Man & SIL. The rain was good at least for some more Christmas knitting. This is what the Harmony Hall area in St. Mary looks like in a dry minute:
It’s a lovely 3 brm apartment at Sea Palms just outside of Ocho Rios that you can rent with maid service. Highly recommended!
Yesterday we drove down to one of my all-time favourite places, Sussex. It is on the hill on the other side of Ocho Rios, and has panoramic views of the St. Ann’s Bay. Here are the left, center & right views from the verandah:
And this was by far & away the most awesome Christmas dinner I had. My friends had me at the lemonade!
Certain people are clamouring for the pc, so I better stop gloating!