Well hello readers, hello hello hello! I hope this post finds you all tickety boo. Here we are anyway, returned relaxed and rested from a lovely and indulgent two week stay in the tropics. Somewhere we heard "no problem mon" many, many times: The island of Jamaica. It's quite hard to believe that only a day or so ago, we were lazing here, on the seven mile beach of Negril...
Hmm, no hardship! We spent very little time in the hotel, as you may imagine with a beach like that to frolic on, but the little cottages were very cute. I don't think Farrow & Ball has hit Jamiaca (thank goodness).
Sadly, having taken one photo of the Munchkin en route to the airport, we discovered in Jamaica that our camera had broken so we were left taking snaps with our 'phones. Drat! But in the Caribbean, you have no choice but to lay back and take it all in your easy stride.
I cannot say that this was a particularly active or adventurous holiday but it really wasn't intended to be! It got about as active as a few games of cricket on the beach. The West Indians being nuts for cricket, the boys had many locals joining in with them. Sadly, the locals were pretty darned good!
The tours were sadly well over-priced but we wanted to do something to see some of Jamaica other than the beach, so we just went on the one day tour, the other thirteen days were pure laziness. Rum tour it is then!
Although freely tasting the thirteen different rums was pretty great, I was most enamoured with Paz the donkey. He demonstrated how donkeys were used to power the mechanical press to extract the juice from the sugar cane with which to make the rum. He got to eat the sugar cane afterwards, I can only imagine what his poor teeth must be like but he was very happy!
We also took a boat ride down the "Black River"and saw many scary crocs. They were hand fed chicken pieces from the side of the boat. Aaarrrggghhh!!!
Afterwards, we visited the YS Falls (we were miles away from the more well known falls at Ocho Rios). It was really lovely here. We had a guide who walked us up the side of the falls and showed us where we could get in and swim. It was jolly cold but really clean and refreshing.
How could you visit Jamaica without mention of Bob Marley? And as you might imagine, he was everywhere! His music was played pretty much constantly everywhere you went and there was the predictable range of tacky souvenirs. I don't think we'll be listening to Bob for a while!
However, we did enjoy the many reggae bands who played during the evenings at the hotel. Yes, they did play some Bob Marley but it didn't seem too bad with the aid of a few rum punches!
Ah, what a lovely few weeks of warm sunshine and chilling out. But all good things must come to an end...
And I must say, it's great to be home! I did have a little crafty project on the go whilst I was away which I'll share with you soon.
I'm also doing my best to load up some lovely handmade items for sale in my Etsy shop which I didn't have time to do after the V&H Fair and before we went away. There are quilts and bunny teds though I am waiting sunshine for dolly quilts, cushions and so on. I'm also doing my best to have a bit of a "rationalisation" (not my strong point!) so there are also many bags and other bits on sale at really good discounts while they last.