Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Chelsey and Jordan did a great job dying eggs for our guests this weekend.

Chelsey and her "dinosaur" egg.

We had another praying mantis egg case hatch today.

This is Fred's. We can buy eggs here.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Those Wacky Philly Girls

Sue and Katie, two wacky Philly girls amused us all week long during their birthday girls getaway and then left us with of parting shot of 48 hidden Easter eggs. They apparently spent half the night last night hiding them inside and out. I'm proud to say that one of our housekeepers took the challenge and found all 48. Hurry back, girls. Happy birthday.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Kevin and Cecelia McCarthy

The skipper and first mate of
Amelia River Cruises and Charters, one of our favorite tours on the island. Looks like they've had another successful tour on another beautiful day.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Wearin' O' the Green

Here's one of our girls groups showing us that they know how to celebrate St. Patty's Day in LeMar, Iowa (home of Blue Bunny ice cream).
And we got a bonus jump from this half east coast/ half west coast group booked from Seattle. Or maybe they're just all celebrating our weather compared with theirs. Either way, we love our girls groups.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Easter Bunny on a Bender

I'm hoping that the Easter Bunny was under the weather from pre-testing next week's chocolate as opposed to being just up the street from the Palace Saloon but this is just how I found him this afternoon. I decided to take the photo in case I don't get enough chocolate next week.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

If Not for the Courage of the Fearless Crew...

...the Minnow would be lost. Or whatever this little boat's name is. BIG winds today. We were way more fortunate than our neighbors in Georgia who experienced some truly severe weather, but the front certainly came through here too. As usual, I'm the only fool on the docks during these 30 mph windfests, but I have a low center of gravity (working on that) so I'm pretty steady on my feet. Our girls' group guests who were at the beach today all came back with beautifully sanded skin. No need for spa appointments. As long as you didn't have to take a boat out today, it was kind of fun.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Fish Out of Water

And into the window of a gift shop in town.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pucker Up

Our guests often think that we've got lots of squirrels' nests in the trees around here. We do, but most of the time they're looking at mistletoe. That's right, the Christmas stuff. Maybe that's why Amelia Island is so romantic.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Early Easter

Christmas On the River seems to have stocked up on Easter items. Hard to belive that Easter is so early this year. As my sister Mary Lu pointed out to me:

� As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20).

� This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar.

� Found out a couple of things you might be interested in!
Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here's the facts:

� The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2160 (152 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you're 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!).

� The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Thanks for the info Lu.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Easter Egg Cottage

The Easter Egg Cottage is showing some appropriate colors in the yard. Always makes me smile.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

New Xeriscaped Garden

Here's Betty Morrell and her crew just putting the finishing touches on a new drought tolerant garden that we put in next to one of our cottages (that's being painted). We're working on turning more and more of our landscape into plantings that can withstand the local climate with its frequent drought and summer heat. Actually, those conditions are not unique to our area, so feel free to take some ideas from us. In fact, you can mark your calendars for the first Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast House and Garden Tour Saturday, May 10th. It will be a great Mothers' Day Weekend activity and you can come by and see how we're doing. In fact, Betty might just be there to tell you what we're doing around our place.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


This may not look like much at first glance, but if you look closely, you'll see lots and lots of Praying Mantis babies at the top of the green pole. They all hatched today. We put egg cases in the garden very year as a means of natural aphid control. In other words, these guys eat the bad bugs. Hundreds of them hatch but, as you can see by Mr. Lizard who is eyeing up the Praying Mantis buffet, most of them won't make it. Ah, the food chain. Glad I'm a little higher up.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

New American Citizen

There was a little party tonight for Marlia, who owns Angel's Porch Restaurant with her husband Gino. Here are the two of them celebrating her new American citizenship. Gino has been a citizen for 37 years and he's quite proud of his new American wife. They're a wonderful couple and a great asset to the community. We were happy to celebrate with them.