Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Parade!

Added 5/4 - I officially give up on the photos on this post. They seem to come and go ast they please and I have reloaded them four times. As you're viewing this post, you may or may not see photos. If there is no photo, you can click on where there should be one and it will pop up on another page. If you can't see the photos in the original post, please click, you'll enoy it much better.

Posing pirates

Cannon firing pirates

More cannon firing pirates

Little pirates

Hitting on me pirates

Friends of pirates

Rest home for pirates

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tis a Terrible Tale...

Don't know what Pegleg Pete did to get himself roped off like that but, fingers crossed, he'll be okay for Shrimpfest.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Got Beads?

What self-respecting pirate would be caught without beads for the Shrimpfest parade on Thursday? Why, NONE, I say! It's time to start stocking up for our biggest beadfest of the year. The parade runs about an hour and a half because - as the locals like to say - half of the town is in the parade and the other half is watching it. And unlike some other parades, our beads are given freely... they don't have to be "earned".

Monday, April 27, 2009

Pirate Practice

Getting ready for the big event, our four day shrimp and pirate extravaganza. Every pirate must be fully rehearsed so that they can fire off canons, capture small children and stick to the code. Not sure which part this guy's learning - maybe the "preparing to drink the grog" part. Arrrrrrrrr. He seems to have good manners though.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lone Dolphin

While this isn't a dolphin stampede, I find the sight of a solitary dolphin just as interesting - and mesmerising. In fact, to me, there's nothing more relaxing than watching a single dophin taking its time fishing the marina in a slow cycle of surface, dive, disappear, repeat. Throw in a sunset and you've got yourself a show.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


This is Colin strumming his guitar in front of the ice cream shop at sunset. No idea who he is, just asked him his name. I enjoyed the music.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Indigo Alley

Mike and Sherry Garbarini, owners of Island Tobacco, are taking over the space that used to be Carolyn's that used to be Centre Street Cafe that used to be Shakespeare's Kitchen and will be making it into a beer/ wine/ coffee bar. It's due to open in the next month. Mike tells me that it will be a bar where you can listen to music and still have a conversation.

Here's Sheri showing the nice courtyard space that will give them a lot more seating and nice outdoor options for their patrons for the many, many nice days and evenings that we have year-round. We wish them the best of luck with their endeavor. We'll keep you posted about their opening.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Chariot Race

Sparky was sure that the elimination of the "no socks" rule would make the difference in his team's time trial this year. Finally, the glory would be his...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ghosts of History

Around town, you can find remnants of days gone by, not just in the architecture and the trees, but in a cobblestone here, a stable there. And sometimes, you'll find the ghosts of some old form of commerce such as the worn but fairly intact signage on the side of Christmas On the River. I haven't asked for flour or lumber in there but I bet some have.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jonathan Livingston?

If so, he no longer answers to that name (I tried) or he's in some kind of witness protection program or - like me - he's grown weary of the paparazzi. Regardless, he casts a striking pose against an equally striking sky.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Good Name

I love walking on the docks reading all of the great boat names. Although this boat is local, this is a great time of year to catch some fun ones because all of the snowbirds are making their way back up north to head home for the summer (or the promise of summer). Many of them come down the Intracoastal Waterway in the fall and take their boats back home in the spring. We're the last stop in Florida on the Intracoastal and many of these folks have been coming for years because they enjoy the good hospitality, food and scenery. All Yankees are welcome to stop.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Me Seeeesters

I'm thrilled to have my sisters with me this weekend, down from Baltimore for a little Florida sun and fun. I joined them for a carriage tour and dinner tonight while my handsome husband, Bill, held down the fort. Left to right is my sister Sue, Honorary Sister Trudy and sister Lu. We had a wonderful carriage tour by Cyndi and Boomer and an outstanding dinner at Joe's Second Street Bistro. I don't get to see them much so this was a real treat.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Garden Angel

As I've mentioned before I'm drawn to copper, and this garden angel falls nicely into that category. She's just a couple of doors up the street from us so I don't have to be envious; I can see her whenever I want. (I'm a little bit envious anyway.)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Flying the Colors

It's almost time for the Shrimp Festival so we'll soon be crawling with pirates. It's time to stock up on the appropriate support materials to show the team spirit. We've still got a couple of rooms available if the spirit moves you.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Election Day Tomorrow

And the candidates are out and about town. In an only-in-Fernandina kind of campaign, this particular candidate (our city's mayor, running for re-election) has worn an eye patch for quite some time and, in making the best of it, his campaign slogan is "I'll keep an eye out for you".

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Biiiiiiig Ladder

Bill covets this ladder at the Bailey House. We haven't seen it before so we figure that the Easter Bunny brought it to get up on the roof to put the eggs down the chim....... oh. Never mind.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ready for Easter

On this beautiful day before Easter, the Farmers' Market was the place to be. Everyone was out picking up their goodies for Easter dinner and flowers for the table. We were entertained by Hickory Wind, frequent visitors to the market.
I picked up these beauties for my Easter morning strawberry cream cheese french toast for the guests.
And this pup was apparently drooling at the thought.
For final preparations, Jordan, Chelsey and Alissa partook in the traditional day-before-Easter-egg-dye-on-the-porch. Another fine job by our artistic staff. If I zoomed in you'd see that the detail on the eggs includes flying monkeys and a suggestion to "eat more fish". This was just before the presentation of the whoopee cushion for Alissa's birthday. Happy birthday, Alissa. And Happy Easter everyone.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Iris Time

The irises are just hitting their stride around the island. We've got some nice patches in our yard but they're not quite in full bloom yet. This spray in front of Front and Centre gift shop is just about right.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bunny Lair

Found 'em! Apparently, the Easter Bunny and the Mrs. are resting up in a little cottage on Amelia Island before the big event this weekend. Appropriately, they're hanging out at the Easter Egg Cottage. I knew it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Michigan Jumpers

Vanessa and her daughter Heidi were sent here by Dad for two very important birthdays. Heidi is getting in her last couple of minutes in flip flops before they left for the airport to go home to a fresh heavy round of snowfall, making our unseasonably cool temperatures feel like the Sahara. We actually got down into the 40's last night. Back to 70 this afternoon and a predicted 78 for tomorrow. That's more like it. Happy birthday, ladies.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Proud Moment

Evenings like this remind me how nice it is to be living in a small town. Felix, a disadvantaged member of our community, was being picked on by "a member of the community" who cited a 1955 law that would prevent this model citizen from peddling his mother's homemade baked goods (as he has for the past 20 years) from his tricycle. The matter came up before the city commission this evening and half of the city showed up to voice their support for Felix. There was a march to city hall, a police escort, a texting campaign and a cadre of Jacksonville news trucks and finally, happy resolution. I'm proud of my community tonight.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Windy Carriage Ride

These Georgia sisters (and neice) about got blown off the carriage while they waited for me to take this photo. We've got 30 mile an hour gusts blowing across the island today and windbreakers are in order. It's still 75 degrees but without a Percheron draft horse anchoring the carriage they might have been in orbit. Not a good thing for a bride-to-be (center).

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring Break

Ahhhh, spring break. Our potential guests often ask us if we get overrun with college students during spring break. Well this is about as overrun as we ever get.
And there's always room for a good game of catch. Oooohhh... hope these guys are wearing sunscreen. For those of you who know the island, these shots were taken in front of Sliders. Looks like our visitors are having a nice Easter week.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Green Season

As I was headed out for my walk this evening I noticed how green everything was in our yard. We had a few good days of rain last week - our first in months - and it really greened everything up in a hurry. Flowers are beautiful but I can also appreciate differences in foliage. We've got quite a few varieties on the grounds from shrubbery to ground covers, hedges, shade plants and ornamental grasses. They stay green year-round but they just "pop" in the spring.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Pelican Pals

Commandeering another boat. Tricky, they are.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Snapdragons of Centre Street

Lots of colorful pockets of these all up and down the street. And they survived our freeze. Not usually something that we need to worry about.