Sunday, May 31, 2009


Fiberglass shark, that is. Or, as I called him in another post, Jaws of Fernandina. He's there for the tourists to have their picture taken with him or for fishermen who get skunked to pretend that they caught something. All that I know is that he sure does get to see a lot of nice sunsets.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Faces In Time

I keep forgetting to feature this relatively new business on Second Street called "Faces In Time". It's one of those photography places where you dress up in the old-timey clothes when everyone fights to be the saloon girl instead of the washerwoman, and the like. Anyway, we've got one of those now and it's located next door to the wine bar and two doors down from Pablo's so if you need any liquid courage before you don the outfit you're in luck.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Split Personality

We have a "shared space" courtyard restaurant that is known as Bright Mornings by day when breakfast, brunch and lunch is served, and Canopy Moon by night when the late-night snacks, beer and wine come out. This peaceful coexistence works well for both businesses and is a great way to combine efforts. And they're both great by the way. For those interested, they're located at the corner of 3rd and Ash, right behind Susan's Slightly Off Centre.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Island Sign

We islanders are a little more laid back than some.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

History Museum

Our Museum of History is a treasure chest of knowledge regarding not just the eight flags of Amelia Island, but of information about the region as well. Any trip to Amelia should be considered incomplete without a stop here. Housed in the old jail house, the museum has just undergone another expansion in the last year to allow it to house many more exhibits, rest rooms and a conference room available for functions. As an added bonus to Fairbanks House guests, it's just a couple of blocks up the street.

Fairbanks House

Monday, May 25, 2009

New Policy

FYI, Fairbanks House has added some new policies during these recessionary times. Just kidding. Please don't cancel your reservations.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Yellow Orb in Sky

After much confusion and consultation, locals decided that - although it hadn't been seen in these parts for quite some time - it could in fact be the sun. Can anyone confirm?

Fairbanks House

Saturday, May 23, 2009


We think that the rain has ended but we don't want to jinx it by saying that out loud.... And in true girls' getaway spirit, Melanie, Sara and Christine didn't let the threat of rain get in the way of a good time. Here they are headed out on the carriage after social hour tonight - but with the top on just in case...

Fairbanks House Girls Getaway

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Resurrection

If you're a regular blog reader of mine (thank you), you've seen my posts about resurrection fern. It still never ceases to amaze me in its absolute resurrectional capabilities. This photo was taken tonight after our solid week of rain.

And this one was taken last Saturday evening before the rain started. The demon cat is, of course, Panther, our champion climber, a source of hours of entertainment and an excellent spokes model. But back to the fern - it actually "greened up" after just a couple of hours of rain. Amazing stuff.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Drumroll Please....

I am pleased to announce the high bidders for our gift certificate packages auctioned off to help a marine and his wife who lost the boat that they were living on to a fire last week.

High bid - Priscilla and Barrett Hand of Mt. Dora, FL $600

2nd Highest - Sue Gilmore of Parkton, MD $500

So we were able to raise $1100 for this family. Thanks you very, very much. I'll be mailing the checks next week to their new station at Camp Lejeune. If anyone elso would like to donate, feel free to mail a check to me and I'll send it along. Checks should be made payable to Michael Kallberg.

Thanks everyone.

The Trouble With Pirates

Is that they won't stay put. At least that's the case with this one outside of the Palace Saloon. In an effort to keep him from "running away," he's been chained by the peg to the door of the pub. If he could only flex his fake knee he'd be outta there and back to his plundering ways. Arrrrrrrr...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night...

... for the third night in a row, and we might be looking at a fourth before we get back to our beautiful spring weather. This is the Amelia River - not the Atlantic. We've had a nor'easter blowing pretty solidly since Sunday evening,and to say that this is atypical for us would be an understatement. But we should be back into our typical pattern by the weekend of 80 degree days and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms - not a rain "event".

P.S. I received a lovely note from the brother of the boat owner today saying that the family was so very grateful for what the businesses on Amelia Island are doing. Get your last bids in for the gift certificates tonight.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sea Monkeys

I guess that these are local sea monkeys.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Pot is Full

In one final round of generosity, our friends Kevin and Cecelia at Amelia River Cruises and Charters have donated a pair of tickets for one of their cruises - where you will see lots of sites like this - for each of our two gift certificate winners. So the lid is now on the pot. We've got a full agenda.

The top two bidders will each receive:

Two midweek (Sunday through Thursday) nights at Fairbanks House
Two tickets aboard Amelia River Cruises and Charters
A 45 minute private carriage tour by Amelia Island Carriages
A $50 dinner voucher at either Beech Street Grill or Joe's Second Street Bistro (high bid gets to choose, runner up gets the other).

That's a nice vacation package! And for a good cause. I will be closing the bidding sometime on Wednesday, so don't wait to e-mail your bid. (Hint: I would do it by the morning.) The two highest bids by the time that I close the bidding will each win a package. Remember, 100% of the amount of the two bids wil go to this military family who has lost so much. All of these gift certificates are completely donated.

I am pleased to report that we now have a bid of $500 - but the two highest bidders will be winners.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Joe's is In Too

Never one to pass up helping out a good cause, Joe's Second Street Bistro is joining in and donating a dinner for the other gift certificate. Thanks guys.
And manager, Ryan, will make sure that you're well taken care of... as he and his team always do.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Even Sweeter Auction Pot

Our good friends at Beech Street Grill have decided to jump into the fundraising by adding a $50 gift certificate for dinner to the highest bidder for one of the certificates. So you'll have two nights at Fairbanks House, a private carriage tour and dinner for two at Beech Street Grill. Let's see some bids for a good cause!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sweetening the Pot

Our good friend, Cyndi, of Amelia Island Carriages (904-556-2662) has generously upped the ante on our gift certificate auction by adding a 45 minute private carriage tour to each of the two-night Fairbanks House gift certificates. Cyndi's husband Jeff is a retired Marine and they have a great appreciation for this couple's service. We appreciate their generosity. I'm proud to report that - even before the announcement of the carriage tour addition - we had a high bid today of $350. And that's for one certificate. Keep it coming folks; we'd like to help as much as we can. Remember, there are two certificates and the two highest bids win.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More on the Boat Accident

In a departure from my usual photo entry, I wanted to update you on the boat fire of the other night. The boat was owned by a marine and his pregnant wife who were moving from Ft. Lauderdale to Camp Lejuene by boat to his new assignment. Everything that they owned was on the boat. Sadly, so was their German shepard, Buddy. They were not on the boat at the time but Buddy was, so they lost him and all of their worldly possessions. We will donate two two-night midweek Fairbanks House gift certificates to be auctioned to raise some money to help. The certificates will be issued to the two highest bidders via e-mail. (Your bid will be for one two-night certificate.) We will give the entire high bid amount to them. To bid, email me at your bid amount, name, address and phone number. We'll keep the bidding open for a week and I'll post the highest amount each day until the bidding is closed. We'll start the bids at $100 for each of the two certificates. Please be genrerous; we'll treat you well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tourist Stop

I enjoy walking by Trailer Park Collectibles, a rummage shop on Alachua St., to watch the tourists take pictures with the wooden thingys with the faces cut out. Hopefully, its presence results in some sales for Susan and Brian too.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Boat Go Boom

Very sad. Somebody lost a boat at the marina tonight. I heard the explosion just as I was finishing my blog post about the theatre. I ran down in time to see the firefighters doing their best to save the dock since there was no hope for the boat. I'm hoping that there were no people injured but I don't know for sure. Fingers crossed.

New Theatre

We have several very good theatre groups on the island, including the one at Amelia Community Theatre on Cedar Street. They continually put on very nice productions - to the point that they've outgrown their current theatre and are building a very large one on the sire next door. I'm not sure if they're adding on or just starting fresh but it should be nice.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Another Great Boat Name

I've become a collector of boat names. There are so many good ones that come through the marina. This is a great time of year for that because all of the snowbirds who have flown south for the winter are now on their way back up north for the warmer months. Most drive but many have taken their boats down for the season as well, so we get a steady supply of new names to enjoy. And they get a steady supply of friendly faces as they pass through here. Fair trade.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mad Hatter Day

It was Mad Hatter Tea Party and Tour day on the island and I'm happy to say that everyone got into the spirit. Hats and flowers everywhere.
In fact, I walked into the dining room and stepped right into the middle of a private tea party. Bunnies, bears, pigs and frogs, all drinking tea and eating cranberries and carrots. (Our human guests got Fairbanks House Punch and Chocolate Chip Streusel Coffee Cake.) It appeared that a fun time was had by all.

P.S. If you haven't voted in my poll to the left, please do so now. Almost closed for votes. Thanks.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Other Side of the Jasmine Story

This is the back side of the arbor where you can see how the jasmine has "encroached" a bit into the personal space of the fence, the yard, the palm tree, the lantana and anything else it fancies. Once again, too pretty to cut right now but about two weeks from now it'll be getting a severe haircut.

P.S. Please vote in my poll to the left. It's completely anonymous; I can't see any information about voters. Thanks.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

And We Have Liftoff

This egret had just been wandering around the yard shaking all of the bushes for snakes and whatnot (without success), and decided to get camera shy just when I was ready to catch him knee-deep in our ivy bed. I'm sure that this is the same one that used to hang out every summer for several years just walking up and down Seventh Street feeding happily in all of our gardens. He/she (we called it Pat) hasn't been here for a couple of summers now. Welcome back Pat.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Island Tableau

Regular blog readers will probably be able to guess in front of which house this nicely themed setting sits. Guesses, anyone?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Jasmine Perfection

Today the Confederate Jasmine vine over the arbor at our pool reached absolute perfection. The scent is intoxicating (over the whole island), every bloom is full and not a single one has dropped. If you look closely you can see that it's even taken over the palm tree behind. I know that we should cut it off the tree but it looks so pretty. One more day...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Last Day of Shrimpfest

Colorful pottery


Crowd pleasers

Friendly faces

Big fish

Pirates with parrots

Pirates with beads

Closing act

Not quite

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What It's All About

After all of my postings about pirates, it's easy to forget that this is actually the Shrimp Festival, not the Pirate Festival. This festival is to celebrate the local independent shrimpers, like Forrest Gump. These folks are part of a dying industry because they're being wiped out by competition from major producers of farm-raised shrimp who have made the going pretty tough in the market. Most of these guys only have one boat from which to earn a living and cannot spread the rising cost of fuel, insurance, etc. over a large fleet (or farm) to try to keep up. And they can't get the price high enough to meet costs due to the competition from the shrimping equivalent of big box stores. If you've ever tasted the difference between a farm raised shrimp and a freshly caught wild shrimp you will know why the loss of this way of life would be a sad, sad thing. So in your own communities, buy local, buy fresh and support the small independent businesses.