Kemar Robinson was our 100th guest here at Neita's Nest for 2012, Jamaica's 50th year of Independence.
In keeping with our promise to celebrate in a special way with every 50th guest, Kemar, and his wife Allaceea received a copy of the bio,
Jamaica's "Forgotten Prime Minister" - DONALD SANGSTER,
written by my dad, Hartley Neita, and edited right here at Neita's Nest over the past year.
Allaceea and Kemar came to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary and her birthday, and they ended up with memories to last even beyond their 50th years of wedded bliss.
We couldn't think of a more fitting gift for the occasion. And I don't think we can top that when our next 50th guest comes this year. We will save a copy for you! Cheers.
Neita's Nest was among a handful of bed and breakfasts invited to learn about The Caribbean Birding Trail;all because we have over 20 species of birds which love our natural habitat.
The kind invitation came from The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) which is a nonprofit membership organization working to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats through research, education, conservation action and capacity building.
Our partnership with CBT will benefit all of us. So, whether it is our National Bird, the Doctor Bird, or the the wild parakeets, the scarlet- headed woodpecker, or the winter birds which fly south as nest here, come to Neita's Nest for the birdwatching, and stay with us for the early-morning bird songs.
We have much to celebrate in Jamaica this year and Neita's Nest is making it special for our Bed and Breakfast guests.
In April, LeCia was our 50th guest for this Year.
Our second 50th guest is about to arrive. Another reason to celebrate. We will tell you more when it happens.
Neita's Nest had no bed and breakfast blogs in May and June, but we were busy nonetheless. And what do we have to show for it, you may ask? A book! Yes, but not just any book. We just published, Jamaica’s “Forgotten Prime Minister“- DONALD SANGSTER, and this biography, authored by Hartley Neita, was launched on July 29, the eve of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence.
Edited here at Neita’s Nest and published by Minna Press, this was a labour of love without the presence of Hartley to steer the publication. For one year we groped in the dark. But Hartley, the beacon of light that he is, shone brightly in our hearts to encourage and guide the way. His still voice whispered words of support. His carefully filed notes and scribblings willed us to produce the book, and its launch, in a manner that would be befitting of the subject of this biography, and pleasing to Harts. Visit www.hartleyneitabooks.com for more.
Time Magazine listed the Jamaican Olympic Uniform as The Best
on July 13 because, as they say, "We love these uniforms, mostly because the designers didn’t seem to be trying too hard. The vivid colors and geometric colors are so fun! Just like the Olympics! Read more
And, while you are here in Jamaica enjoying our Jamaica50th Independence Celebrations you don't have to miss a single second the Olympic excitement. Just go to the Golden Jubilee Village at the Independence Park (Home of the National Stadium & Arena) for the Jamaica50 celebrations and catch the Games live on mammoth television screens, live!
Neita's Nest has earned the Trip Advisor
Certificate of Excellence Award.
Trip Advisor has announced it,
but you told us first!
We thank our guests who tell us every time, then go home and tell their friends of their excellent experiences here at Neita's Nest.
And, a special thanks goes to all of you who have taken the time to write to the world about your experience on the pages of Trip Advisor. We proudly share our award for excellence with you.
Spring guests received a royal bed and breakfast welcome at Neita's Nest this year.
Many a guest has asked us, “What is that tree next to the verandah at Neita’s Nest”; the one that stands serene and warmly welcomes weary visitors; the one that seems to nestle this hillside chalet?
What is that tree that canopies the ivy-covered patio wall; that leafy-green that umbrellas the white adirondack chairs on the terraced garden?
What is the name of that tree; the one that wafts cooling winds across the verandah from breakfast time to dinner, making music through the capiz chimes; the one that shades the wide expanse of living room windows?
What tree is that tree; the one that boasts brown bunches of star-shaped pods, wide open and bare of seeds; the one with the branches that bend over bougainvilleas, forcing them to reach beyond the shade and bloom for the morning sun?
Purposeful and perfectly positioned, she stands to welcome and to nestle, to canopy and cool, to waft and shade, to boast and bend - month after month, visit after visit, guest after guest.
Early next year, she will stand there and change as she did this year. Her dark, green leaves will pale. Then they will yellow, brown and fall in their thousands. Respectfully, no one mentions her bareness, for in these three months, she quickly cycles through autumn and winter. And just before she nudes completely, she shoots clusters of baby leaves to signal spring.
Soon her babies full and fill the air above her stately trunk, creating a canopy over the green ivy-covered wall, and a leafy umbrella over the adirondak chairs. And, as her cycle continues, she makes one more change. Through her mass of green, berry-like bunches burst out then slowly open to a majestic mauve, and wrap her leaves like a jeweled turban
She is the Queen Flower from India, and she reigns supreme in Spring. All questions now turn to joyous exultation, and the response to her royal wave is, “What a beautiful tree!” This spring, her plumage was at its ever-best. Perhaps we have had a long break from the hurricanes. Perhaps the rains have been kind to her. Better yet, perhaps she has come of age. But, whatever the source of her grace and splendour, we have been blessed with her beauty and purpose.
Her feathery flowers have now all shed to reveal bunches of bulby pods. As these dry and release her seeds from their star-shaped cases, these woody coronets will hold on to her branches month after month, to remind us that this is no ordinary tree.
MANY THANKS TO PHYLLIS ELLIS, ANDY AND HER TEAM AT THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COUNCIL FOR PROVIDING THE NAME OF THIS TREE. FOR THE SCIENTIFIC-MINDED, IT’S NAME IS LAGERSTROEMIA SPECIOSA.
Bob Andy, Brian & Kevin McSkeffrey and Rob Flake have these in common!
What is an abiding love for Reggae Music?
The McSkeffrey twins and Rob met on line in a Reggae forum and became fast friends, travelling for miles between England and Scotland. Bob Andy of international fame, is a foundation reggae artiste, is both a prolific song writer and performer, having been in the music industry for 50 years, and counting.
Well, these Scotsmen and the Brit took their families to Disney World (I don't think there were any complaints), and planned a 2-day trip to Jamaica to the home of the original Reggae. It was months in the planning, and I came to determine what would the icing on the cake for them.
Dinner with Bob Andy, here at Neita's Nest!
They could not believe their streak of luck for having chosen Neita's Nest. Everyone enjoyed the evening: their Jamaica Cultural Enterprise tour guide, Karen Hutchinson was amazed at how much these foreigners knew of our music history and Bob enjoyed the hype-less groundation with true reggae fans on a one-on-one basis.
For me, the unforgettable moment was when Bob drove through the gate. They stood in unison, and like a child in a candy shoppe, they literally rubbed their hands slowly and expectantly, waiting for the moment as it finally arrived.
What's cooking at the Nest?
That's a frequent question from my friends who wish they were here.
Well, this morning's fare began with freshly perked Jamaican Coffee from Country Traders. To be honest, my guests often ask if what we are serving is Blue Mountain Coffee, but I have discovered that with Country Traders' high mountain coffee, it is all in the roast!
This was followed by a Tropical Fruit Plate of otaheiti apples, ripe bananas and orange segments. Ortanique Juice accompanied the main meal of Escoveiched Fish Fillet topped generously with Onions, Carrots and Pimento grains sauteed in oil and vinegar, and served with Festivals. What is Festival you ask? Hmmm! Think of fried dumplings, but with a little cornmeal and sugar. Our Charmaine has it down pat, but if you are not quite sure of the proportions, the Grace brand also has the secret.
Let's check with Olive Senior's Encyclopedia of Jamaican Heritage for the story behind this Jamaican accompaniment.
"FESTIVAL - Fried dumpling of cornmeal and flour, associated with the famous Hellshire Beach near Kingston where the women there first cooked it to go with their fried fish. The name celebrates the Jamaica FESTIVAL, the big August INDEPENDENCE celebrations."
So, there you have it. Breakfast at Neita's Nest. As good as a day on the beach.
While every one of our bed and breakfast guests is special, Neita's Nest took time out to celebrate our 50th guest for 2012, LeCia Watts, in this the 50th year of Jamaica's Independence.
And, how special is special? Well, LeCia is very special. First of all, having booked her 7-night stay with us, sent her straight to 7th Heaven. Our gift to her was a complimentary 3-course dinner, candlelight and all., which she chose to have on her last night with us. The fare?
- A nutty, Green Salad with a homemade Orange Sesame Dressing
- Garlic and Orange-Infused Pork Chops accompanied by Lightly Stir Fried Okras and Creamed Green Bananas.
- For dessert we served Devon House Chocolate Ice Cream lathered with Chocolate Syrup and topped with more Coconut Macaroons
During her stay she seemed inspired to take the 7th Heaven theme to another level by treating herself to a well-deserved Euphoria Caribbean Treasure spa package. The setting? Al fresco in The Tree House, of course!
As you may know, Jamaica celebrates 50 years as an independent nation this year. Neita's Nest, in recognition of this special occasion celebrates every 50 guests who stay with us. LeCia was our first. For being our 50th guest since January this year, hers was a guided tour of our beautiful city by night, and a tour by day, with special stops along the way. For brawta, we threw in the 31st renewal of the National Dance Theatre Company's "Morning of Movement and Music on Easter Sunday.
The highlight of LeCia's visit to Kingston was the opportunity to be at the Little Theatre for the NDTC Dancers' and Singers' Easter Sunday Morning of Movement and Music. Our thanks to Bert Rose.
Bob Marley's statue on Arthur Wint Drive provided a photo opportunity for LeCia while on tour of Kingston.
Cheers, LeCia. Keep celebrating life and all its wonderful gifts.