Friday, June 20, 2014

Preparing for St. Croix (USVI)

I hope you’re having a great day.  I've been busy on this end tying up things in Negril, preparing for my long-awaited journey to explore the U.S. Virgin Islands (leaving Jamaica in about a week for St. Croix). I will miss my “pretty Jamaica!” Been in Negril since January, but it still seems like the time is winding down too fast. But I’ll be back soon … “Soon come!” as my Jamaican friends say.  Soon come … Until then, Jamaica -- and my little cottage in Negril -- will be on my mind … Enjoy the rest of your day.

Cassandra Black

Photos:  With big sis and friends in Negril; working on my cottage near Rick’s Cafe with local contractors; at Idle Awhile on Negril’s Seven Mile Beach preparing to conceptualize a new romance book idea. :)

Hanging out with my big sis, Yuwanda Black
(also a writer) and a friend from England visiting Jamaica.  
 Working with Contractors on my cottage in Negril. One day this will be a writer's cottage
that I will rent out to fellow writers traveling to Jamaica.

At Idle Awhile on Negril's Seven Mile Beach.

Yoo-hoo! Rain Finally Came in Negril ...

The rain finally came yesterday in Negril... (See related post: I knew once I got out to exercise, it would pour. My "rain dance" worked.  Glad for it! More new plants should go in the ground later today at my cottage.   Luckily, I’m able to use my neighbor’s gardener to pierce that Fred Flintstone-like bedrock with a pickaxe for the planting -- re: it took me a full hour to plant just two palm trees by myself with a shovel. That coral is too hard. Will be pretty once everything matures and blooms around the cottage. Can’t wait!
My favorite writing table at "Idle Awhile" on Negril's 7 Mile Beach.

Walking to "Idle Awhile" on Negril's 7 Mile Beach.

My Little Cottage in Negril (a work in progress).

Have a great day!  (At Idle Awhile again with big sis … sea is gorgeous today.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Praying for Rain for My Baby Palm Trees at “My Little Cottage in Negril” …

Hi, I hope your day is going well.  I'm in my studio doing one of my favorite things:  looking out at the Caribbean Sea.

Cloudy today, but no rain on the West End in Negril, Jamaica for daaaays now. We've had little spots here and there, but I think, think, think -- hope! -- we get a good shower today. I planted some new baby palm trees at my little cottage down from Rick’s CafĂ©,
and the last time I peeked, they were, well, let’s just say, kinda “crispy.” I also have 18 bougainvillea in pots ready to go in the ground, but it’s so dry.  

I hope we get a good downpour this afternoon before the sun inevitably blares again. :) UPDATE:  YOO-HOO! Rain finally came ... see post ... 

Enjoy your afternoon!

Cassandra Black

That's me below, working at my little cottage in Negril ...