This just has to be one of the most magical real towns anywhere. Christmastime rolls around and Fernandina puts on the dog. We already have a storybook setting, but simple wreaths with red bows hung on beautiful street lamps make you just feel like you're in a Christmas movie. You might find one of Santa's helpers wandering around - sometimes with a pirate in tow - or a little brass band or a shopkeeper in antlers, but you'll always find a slower pace and lots of friendly smiles. We've always done just about all of our holiday shopping here on Centre Street because it's a joy to be in this atmosphere, instead of jockeying for a parking position.
I created this blog for a couple of reasons. In keeping a commitment that I made to myself, I have been walking at least thirty minutes every day since the first of the year. On these walks, I get to stroll through what I think is one of the most charming towns on earth. On every walk, I see at least 10 things that make me smile. I intend to show you a photo of one of those things (person, place, animal, flora, house, event or scene) so that you can enjoy our town right along with me.
The second reason is so that you can keep tabs on my commitment to myself. I pledge to put a photo from the CURRENT day's walk on this blog every day. My goal is to begin running in about another month, so it could get tricky taking the camera along but I'll be thrilled to cross that bridge when I waddle over it. So....... no excuses. I invite you to keep tabs on me and to enjoy my little town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida right along with me.
I turned 49 today. This is my "before " photo. You'll see me again when I turn 50 - February 1, 2008. I hope you'll enjoy the journey with me.