It was a simple enough idea that came while pressing the handwoven blankets… what if I brought T out for a trip to Kingston? Calls were made, very strong yeses were heard, and here we are!
My cousin had us over on our first day in the island, and we were thrilled to meet her 8-month old boys. The great news is that the hem colours made them easy to assign – one has always been wearing/using greens, and the other blues.
It is a short trip and we will head straight into T’s school year when we get back.
Arriving in guinep season is a decidedly good idea. T now calls them, “You mean the juicy fruit that you can’t get the juice on you because it stains?” He is a fan of both these guineps and the sugar cane in the plastic bag!
In lieu of a beach day, I opted in for the Jah-3s Hash exploring a beautiful old estate in East St. Andrew, Dallas Castle, on Sunday.
It was the best kind of challenge day, and T made it with the help of his walking stick! “Mom, I am going in the river again!” We got through the paper chase with no major slips or slides.
He was really brave! As for me this was so much fun I could burst. It was also T’s first trip into the Blue Mountain Range.
The property that became Dallas Castle was purchased in 1758 as a working estate by a Dr. Dallas. After what sounds like a run through sugar cane, coffee plantation profit to high debts it was sold eventually to the father of George William Gordon, National Hero in the early 19th century. This planning site for the Morant Bay Rebellion of 1865 is now privately owned.
This first ever hike is being followed by more visits with family & friends. We miss N but have been enjoying ourselves thoroughly. Yesterday, T answered, “How are you liking Jamaica?” cheerfully:
True but not as hot as August can get here, kiddo! I am loving sleeping with just a fan on.
Another sock is already on needles but I cast this on for T when our tickets were booked. The chief reason is that his foot has grown since the first pair.
Seeing him struggle with a slipping heel convinced me to pause my own. The yarn is from the Sheepytime Knits Middle Earth Yarn Club, November 2017. Mandie dyed “The Great Sea” and it is a superwash merino/cashmere/nylon blend. The pattern is a modified basic sock from “Tiny Treads” by Joeli Caparco.
For spinning, I am excited to visit my birthday gift, a Tyrolean spinning wheel right here in Jamaica! I have my cotton project on the African clay bead whorl spindle (look up – it’s the one in the TKK header) as well. It’s the best for downtime.
This is my first ever post from Jamaica! The new light machine is making a huge difference – I am so glad that we were able to get it for many reasons but this is particularly sweet.