Saturday, November 28, 2009

Seasonal Door Arrangement

This beautiful seasonal door arrangement caught my eye while I was walking. Fall colors have always been my favorite anyway, and folks around here don't care that our trees don't provide that kind of show. We just put them on our doors and consider it a nice trade for the temperatures required to get the leaves to turn. I must admit, I do miss the show... until our guests remind us of what they came down to escape. We'll take the baskets on the doors.

Fairbanks House

Friday, November 27, 2009

Pajama Day!

Ah, the annual Black Friday Pajama Party on Centre Street... Feast your eyes on fashionable Fairbanks House guests as well as meandering bargain hunters from near and far. A fun - and thrifty - time was had by all.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

From our house to yours.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Billy Update

For new readers of the blog (welcome), this is Billy, our "stray" who suddenly lost his vision and just as suddenly got it back a month later. For my regulars (thanks), I promised you updates on him, so here you have it. No, he's not dead; he's just showing off and doing tricks. This one is called "See how my white belly looks like Lemony Snicket's profile?" It could also be to show us how he has no trouble seeing his - or anyone else's - food bowl. In any event, he's doing great still. Thanks to those of you who've inquired.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

We'll Miss You Chris

I just got back from a little gathering for Chris Woolwine (l) at Pablo's, one of our guests' favorite casual restaurants in town. Chris, pictured here with her boss, CVB President, Gil Langley, has been the island's wonderful special events coordinator and was a great help with last weekend's Cookie Tour among other things. We'll miss you Chris. Thanks for everything.

Fairbanks House

Monday, November 23, 2009

Congratulations Russell and Juliet

This very handsome and happy couple eloped with us this evening in a very romantic ceremony with just the two of them - and Juliet's mom to share the moment. They're just about to get on the carriage with Boomer and Cyndi to be taken off to a secret location to exchange their vows. They're pretty relaxed because they don't even know where they're going. We set everything up for them so that they could just enjoy each other. We're honored to have been selected for such a special day. Best wishes, guys, and thanks for the memories.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lights, Camera, Blog Photo

You would think that a person that does a daily photo blog would remember to take a picture or two during the Cookie Tour, but you'd be wrong if you did. I'm going to chalk it up to the wonderfully large crowds that we had that helped us raise some good funds for the library. It was lots of fun, quite tasty and quite busy. Since I didn't capture the tour I thought that I'd at least grab a shot of the lights tonight. It's hard to get a wide angle shot on this island without some Spanish moss hanging in the shot. That's what you're looking at in the top right corner - not a major spider web.

Thanks to everyone who helped with, came to or participated in the tour. And now I'm going to bed.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Too Pooped to Blog

Hi Guys,

These sixteen hour days in preparation for the Cookie Tour are starting to take their toll so I'm going to let the blog go dark for a couple of days while we get ready. It's looking good and smelling better around here so I'll see you on the tour or back here Saturday night!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Holly Berries

Should be just about right for the Cookie Tour on Saturday. But when I look at this photo, I crave tomatoes.

Fairbanks House

Monday, November 16, 2009

Shuttle Atlantis

Okay, so my photo might not be as good as an AP or UPI shot but I was four hours away by car so this was as good as it got today. And good it was; I didn't mind standing out on our roof on a 75 degree sunny blue skied day to watch the launch. Couldn't linger though. We're furiously getting ready for the Cookie Tour this weekend. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I know, it's early. But the tour is meant to inspire everyone to get into the spirit so that they're ready to decorate - and bake - when they get home. The house smells pretty darn good too. Sugar cookies with a dark chocolate mint fudge topping. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tiger Lily Grows Up

Tiger Lily and her mom, Sarah, were out enjoying our fabulous 76 degree day today by circling the block while Tiger got "ungrumpied". At least that's what Sarah said. She sure looked cute to me. I know that looks like a scowl on her face but that's just a sun squint. She's becoming quite the young lady, now that she's nine months old. And she's grown into the stroller. Here's hoping that they're able to keep her in it for a bit longer.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Forage Finished Beef

I learn something every time that I go to the farmers market. Apparently, forage finished beef is a healthier choice. Good to know.

Fairbanks House

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blue Skies and Beaches

Our cool front sure didn't last long. We were back to blue skies, shorts, beach naps and sunscreen today. It should remain this way for the rest of the week, and that will be great for the Petanque America Open tournament at the riverfront Saturday and Sunday. I was thinking of entering but I'd probably sprain an ankle...

Fairbanks House

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sweater Weather

With all that's going on with the Son of Ida in the Mid Atlantic area, we're pretty grateful to just have to slip on a sweater for a day. It'll be back up to the upper 70's by tomorrow and stay there for the next week or so and - again - we're feeling pretty lucky about that. Hang in there guys. Ida will be gone soon.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stormy Weather

Apologies to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne - I'm not talking about the song. Not too much storminess here though. A little rain overnight, some sprinkles today and a few more going on right now. We could use quite a bit more but we'll settle for the night time rain that doesn't spoil our guests' plans. The cool front has arrived so we might get into the 50's tonight. I'm sure that some of our friends up north won't see 50 degrees again until April so - once again - Einstein knew what he was talking about with that theory of his.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I'll say!

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Bird Patrol?

Not quite sure why we're watering the water....

Fairbanks House

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fish Out of Water

And in front of - appropriately - Go Fish, a great shop on Centre Street with a fun selection of clothing, gifts and reasonable prices. That's a tough combo these days.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, November 7, 2009

And the Winner Is....

Shelly Jackson of Philadelphia. Congratulations Shelly. I'll email you to get your address for the gift certificate. (Shelly e-mailed so she didn't show up in the comments.) She correctly guessed that I've sprained an ankle 12 times (so close Susan). I've sprained my left 7 times and my right 5 times and I'm really not trying to even things up. I've had many sensational falls but my favorite sprain was when we lived in the country in Maryland and I had to ditch the car in a heavy snowstorm and I was hiking the rest of the way back home. I wasn't happy about it because I was in a business suit and had left my boots in the garage that morning (I know, I know) but I was finally feeling good about things when I climbed over our neighbor's fence and started hiking across their pasture getting close to home. I looked around and noticed how beautiful the snow had made everything, and how quiet and peaceful it was, and how smooth and even and deep the snow was and my leg disappeared down a gopher hole.

Thanks for playing. Look for another gift certificate opportunity soon.

P.S. I've had stitches eight times.

Fairbanks House

The Flowering Baskets of Centre Street

One of our best "instigators for good," Eileen Moore - owner of Eileen's Art and Antiques - has come up with a great idea to make our little slice of paradise even nicer; she's getting local businesses and caring individuals to sponsor hanging baskets all up and down Centre Street. We already have a movie-set of a town, but this will really be the hot sauce on the shrimp. Many of these are already up and it's great to see the generosity of our locals who are stepping up to the plate in a difficult economy to show some hometown pride. Thanks to Eileen for getting things going and to everyone who's contributing.

Fairbanks House

Friday, November 6, 2009

Country Road in Fernandina

It's hard to believe that this "country road" is just a few blocks from our inn. Our guests are always appreciative when we tell them that they can walk to anything that they want to do here i.e. dine, shop, tour; but I doubt that too many of them would consider a walk in the country to fall into that list. A walk on the riverfront or the beach or the state park, yes, but it's always a pleasant surprise to them when they come across these little sections of cabins in the woods and dirt roads just a few blocks away.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Optical Illusion

Don't these people have a cool living room? Who knows? You're not looking through any windows there; it's all an illusion. Not one piece of glass. Beats looking at some flat siding on the front of the house. I like it. We won't be copying the treatment though. We have 40 windows on our first floor alone. And about ninety percent of them are sporting the original glass from 1885. That's pretty cool too.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Self Esteem Corner

When I'm feeling low or not so talented, I just go and stand in front of these guys for awhile and tell jokes or sing or tell them my problems. They always "get it" or appreciate my song and smile away my blues. I recommend having one of these in every town. Just kidding... but wouldn't this be a good idea? Yeah... Self Esteem Corner... better than a mirror. I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and - gosh darn it - stick people like me.

P.S. And I bet that my regular readers know where this is.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cool Skies

Pick a sky - any sky. Step right up folks, feast your eyes on our assortment of celestial paintings today. We'll start you off with a rainbow in the morning, sprinkle some stripes, cotton candy and swirly-roos throughout the day, and add a full moon "with atmosphere" to ease into the early fall evening. It was a fine show today on Amelia Island.

Fairbanks House