After breakfast, we went to the Casa Marina hotel to check out the renovations that have been going on for the last 2 years. I agree the rooms needed updating, but some of the charm of the grand lobby has been taken away by putting in art deco themed furniture. And the grounds have been changed, as well. The place, I guess, is trying to go very upscale. They've succeeded, but at what price?
The next stop was a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory, a place I've wanted to go since it opened. I'd never been to one before, and this was awesome! We walked in and there were hundreds of beautiful butterflies of all different types flying around amongst the tropical floliage and flowers. I was in awe. It was impossible to get pictures of them in flight, but here are a few stills. The blue Morpho butterflies were espcially attracted to me, they landed on me quite often. No one else with us, just me. It was very cool. I decided then and there, that my next tattoo is going to be a butterfly. Which, ironically, is what I wanted my first tattoo to be. I really enjoyed my visit to their habitat.
Next, we went to Louie's Backyard to have cocktails on the Afterdeck on the ocean. It was a beautiful sunny warm afternoon. I discovered a new cocktail, the "island cosmopolitan" which is a cosmopolitan made with pineapple infused vodka. Again, another drink so good it was worth having another. :-) I think i need to infuse some pineapples into vodka and make these at home!
Then, it was on to what I was waiting for, a visit to the LYS, Knit Wits of Key West, to get me some souvenier birthday yarn. Knit Wits is a nice small store, with all the yarn arranged pleasantly by colors. The owners were friendly, and tried very hard to talk my friend Kathy into coming in for a class sometime when I said she needed a hobby to get her out of the political organization that's dragging her down. I think with my urging, she just might take up knitting. With much yarn to choose from, and with my pleasant buzz from the island cosmo's, I had a hard time choosing, but fun just looking. Finally, I choose some Malibrigo in "water green" and a pair of Lantern Moon needles in Ebony. I don't know what I'll make with it, but it sure is pretty.
This is a picure from the shop. The quote on the wall, which shows better on their website, is "the yarn forms the stitches, the knitting forges the friendships, and the craft links the generations."
Next, it was on to another favorite shop I love to visit, Mary O'Shea's Glass Garden. I have a lot of her earrings and other pieces of her glass art. I love to browse and see her creations. I didn't get anything this visit (funny---money to spend and I just couldn't!) but Kathy did get me 2 pair of pretty earrings for my birthday :-)
Finally, it was time to head to the pier for my Birthday Sunset Celebration. We decided to go the the Pier at the Ocean Key House and got tables right on the water. We enjoyed more yummy cocktails as the sun went down.
Eventually, we made our way to my very favorite restaurant in Key West, La Tratoria, for my birthday dinner. It was good, as always, from my Lemon Drop martini at the bar, to apps, dinner, wine, and decadent dessert and excellent service.
Then it was home to Kathy's to relax in the hot tub before calling it a day. It was a wonderful day to be sure. A glorious way to spend a birthday.