One of my favorite days on a trip with many, many favorite days, was my birthday. I woke up that day to my friend Nene bringing me coffee and suggesting a mimosa at LTU Pub for breakfast. Lovely start to the day.
After relaxing around the pool at Catcha Gardens for a bit we decided to visit friends staying at Llantrissant, a beautiful private villa located between the cliffs and beach in Negril, with its own private beach. The group gathered into a van while I rode my scooter behind them and we enjoyed a lovely afternoon swimming, playing croquet and just being together.
|The “main” beach as seen from Llantrissant|
|Looking out from Llantrissant|
|The private beach, good for swimming and snorkeling|
|Croquet on the lawn|
|Blue Cave Castle from the sea|
|The yard at Blue Cave|
|Max playing for us|
|The awesome Jenn, waiting on us|
One of the friends helping out here is Jenn, who evidently had a latent unfulfilled desire to wait tables because she was AWESOME. I mean, look at her with that tray. She took over orders, helped in the kitchen, and brought all of our food out (with help from good friends Lisa and Genean). (My favorite line of the evening as she brought out our food: “Be careful, the plate is hot….no it’s not really, I just always wanted to say that!”)
|KrisB and Max playing|
|The music never stopped. Well except while we ate.|
|Lisa’s artsy table pic?|
|The key waitstaff/kitchen help/bartender volunteers 🙂|
|Chef Teddy with my friends in the kitchen|
|Teddy, friends and Petrona in the kitchen|
|The group walked down into the cave for a bit to check it out. When it’s calm you can go down here and swim out from under the yard.|
|A very happy birthday girl|
In a week of concerts, weddings, engagements and at least two other
birthdays, I wasn’t trying to have a “birthday party”. This was just a
group of friends spending the evening together. But when Teddy found out
it was my birthday, Jenn tells me he literally sprinted down to a
bakery to get me a cake. And so a toast was made, candles were lit, Happy Birthday was sung, and the night is one I will always remember. HUGE thanks to Teddy and Petrona and everyone for being such awesome hosts!
A final few photos from the night.After 3-4 hours, we headed back up the cliffs to make the night last a bit longer with music and one more dip the pool.
I DO have some of the best friends ever. I love you guys 🙂
|Corinne playing her ukelele|
(and thank you Lisa, Genean, Jamie, Corinne and Shana for these photos!)
Oh, and here is the menu at Teddy’s. Stop by sometime, it’s delicious and the folks are super 🙂