Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

Goodnight moon.
Goodnight 2009.
Goodnight decade.
Goodnight my family.
Good night my Fairbanks House friends.
Good night my blog friends.
Good night my Amelia Island friends.
Good night my stray cats.
I'll see you all after my walk every single day of 2010 right here.

Happy New Year everyone.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fernandina Christmas Lights Still Going

We love being told by so many locals - and visitors - how much they enjoy our lights. That's why we'll keep them going into January (if they'll last). But we get to enjoy this nice view of Greg and Debi Roland's house across the street every night. It's a beautiful house even without the lights but their lighted wreaths and Christmas trees make it special. Thanks guys. We'll keep ours going if you keep yours going.

Fairbanks House

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas 2009

Well, it's been a busy fun week here at Fairbanks House on our fair island of Amelia. We've been getting the house and kitchen ready for our great group of Christmas guests who've been with us this week and we've had a blast.

We started out with carriage tours on Christmas Eve and the couple of sprinkles that we had didn't dampen the spirits of the group at all - as you can see.

As the carriage tours were going on outside, the Ghost of Christmas Present made an appearance inside while we were serving heavy hors d'oeuvres. After that, everyone nestled all snug in their Fairbanks House comphy beds. And, hopefully, they didn't dream of ...

... their innkeeper who got up this morning ready to put on a great Christmas. Perhaps Grandma got run over by this reindeer.

And the staff arrives. Jordan, Chelsey and Alissa have always been fabulous figurative Christmas elves but they surprised us today by showing up to take on the literal roles. Well played, ladies.

And what Christmas breakfast is complete without Christmas crackers, crowns and Bill's pumpkin pancakes?

We're all in agreement; we've hit the trifecta.

And now the elves get a shot at the pancakes.

What the heck, let's make it a party.

And at long last, we head off to Christmas dinner having fully indoctrinated our guests into the Fairbanks House form of Christmas spirit.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all, good night......

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Festive Porch

This porch is one of many, many throughout the historic district with simple but festive decorations. Large and small, the porches of Fernandina are welcoming and pretty year-round, but especially this time of year. Wish you were here.

Fairbanks House

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Sky

Ahhhhhhh... getting really close now. Our first Christmas guests check in tomorrow. Can't wait. We always have such a nice crowd. Furiously baking now...

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Three Dog Night

It's going to get mighty cold around here tonight - into the 30's - and the cats around here aren't acclimated to such temps so we've had to make some provisions. On a three dog night like tonight, we put lots of blankets outside for the feral cats to curl up in but if you've achieved "special status" like Billy here, you get an igloo, three blankets, a heating pad and a room-darkening curtain. All guests of Fairbanks House get special attention.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Christmas Trees

These ones are in the window at Last Flight Out on Centre Street. I want them.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

When the Rain Comes

It comes and it comes and it comes. We were swimming in it today on the island, and blowing in it too. I'm sure that we got several inches just today. But when it moved out it did so in a hurry and the afternoon ended up being calm and mild and almost sunny by the end of it. Since sun is a regularity around here I kind of like it when the skies look a bit moody, like this at the riverfront. Not for long, just long enough to get a moody photo.

Fairbanks House


The season's not complete without showing the annual display of a cacophony of poinsettias at the Easter egg cottage.

Fairbanks House

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Porcelain Christmas

This porcelain Santa in the window at Christmas on the River has been catching my eye all season. I'm sure that his days in the window are numbered though because I've noticed that he's caught the eye of many a passer by. May he find a good Fernandina home this Christmas.

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


This little cat knows to go to her own Shangri-la on a warm, sunny, 81 degree day. Looks like a purrrfect place for a catnap to me. Our weather is so great that the azaleas are starting their show. It should start turning a bit more Christmassy soon though.

Fairbanks House

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunny Fernandina

And back home to sunny Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island. It was a 76 degree day today. A very nice December day.

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I missed blogging yesterday because we took a quick trip down to Orlando to visit family and got back today. I wasn't exactly walking when I came upon this site - so it doesn't really qualify as something "That I Saw on My Walk Today" - but I was impressed none the less so I decided to share. I guess that I always thought that they'd at least hose these things down before loading them up to transport them to the next Monsters of Mud (or something) event. But I suppose that if you've earned the mud you might as well wear it as a badge of honor.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Candyland Gate Tree

There seems to be a bit of a Candyland theme going on in Fernandina this year and I don't mind one little bit. Always a fan of the sweeter side of life, I enjoy creative uses of candy whether the end result is edible or not. This fun tree looks good enough to eat but I probably wouldn't, given that the critters have had first crack at it. Now if this was hanging on an inside door... I might not be responsible for my actions.

And my regular readers have probably already guessed that this tree is on the gate at the Easter egg cottage.

Fairbanks House

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gingerbread House

One of the many in town, this gingerbread house is in the window at the Marina Restaurant on Centre Street. I just love the chimney..

Fairbanks House

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Barnacle Bill's Christmas Display

Not really, but it could be. This nautical display is outside of the Ship's Anchor gift shop on Centre Street. I love the gold netting.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Climate Change?

Hmmmmmm..... Our leaves usually just turn brown and fall or stay green and get pushed out by the new growth, but this distinctly looks like fall colors to me. Should I call Copenhagen to add this to the agenda at the conference?

Fairbanks House

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Poinsettia Point

The watering place - for horses, people and dogs - takes on a special charm this time of year. A new round of fresh poinsettias has shown up to put shoppers in the proper mood as they stroll by our one-of-a-kind shops on Centre Street. We have lots of guests who come every year to do all of their Christmas shopping in town. It's so unhurried, un-cookie cutter and un-mall-like. Our guests come back laden with bags and smiles. The shopkeepers are all so friendly and accommodating. If you can't come to enjoy our local shops, be sure to support your own "Mom and Pops" this season. It's been a tough year. They need you and you'll love the experience. And don't forget to go out to lunch while you're out and stop by a pub to celebrate the shopping accomplishment when you're done.

Fairbanks House

Monday, December 7, 2009

Seasonal Fish

It's a very short season for this guy - but a festive one none the less.

Fairbanks House

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Fruit de Mer on a Wreath

I just love how lots of locals use "fruits of the sea" on their wreaths. Certainly, in Victorian times, people would have used whatever was available to them in the local vicinity to decorate for the holidays, and some carry on the tradition today. And I bet that if you look inside their homes, you'll find a starfish on top of the tree instead of an electric star. Who knows, maybe the first start on top of a tree really was a starfish. And sea grass for tinsel. Anyway, I like the look. Well done, house on 6th Street.

Fairbanks House

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fernandina Tree Lighting

Was last week but I missed it so here she is in the sunlight.

Fairbanks House

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tour of Homes

This is one of the five lovely homes on this weekend's Holiday Home Tour and Victorian Tea. Not to be confused with the Cookie Tour of Inns, this one covers private residences and benefits the museum. It's still going on tomorrow if you're interested. We had some guests make the rounds today and they enjoyed the diversity. We hope that they raise lots of dollars - instead of umbrellas as the forecast indicates they might.

Fairbanks House

Thursday, December 3, 2009


It's been very quiet at the Fairbanks House this week (always is after a holiday) so we've taken advantage of the situation by catching up on paperwork, laying low and getting into the spirit of the season by watching Christmas movies. First up was The Grinch (Jim Carrey version this time) followed by The Muppet Christmas Carol and Harry Potter. We've always felt that the Harry Potter films represent the magic and wonder of the season so we always work a few of them into the mix this time of year. And we know that we're not the only ones because we've seen several of the movies show up on television schedules of Christmas films. We'll be working our way through our collection of about thirty (best get on it) including many of the standards but we always like to try obscure little films to add something new each year. Of those, we came across a real gem a couple of years back that's worked its way into our "must see every year" list. It's called Christmas in the Clouds. No chase scenes, no big department store scenes, no marquee actors - just a nice little film. As Casey Stengel said, you could look it up.

And this lovely candy cane village is in the window of Fantastic Fudge on Centre Street. Town's looking mighty tasty...

Fairbanks House