Monday, February 21, 2011

What a Perfect Amelia Island Weekend!

A military elopement, a perfect sunset, a Fairbanks House favorite couple three-peat, a warm sunny farmers market, a "hot" chili cookoff, and another great girls' weekend. It just doesn't get any better than that.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Amelia Island Lights of Love

It's Valentines weekend, time for the Amelia Island Lights of Love.  For the past several years, when we've taken down the Christmas lights, we've left the red ones up just so we can have one more show for our island Valentines.  When we started, I think that everyone thought that we hadn't taken down our Christmas decorations yet but now they're getting the hang of it and we have lots of folks driving by just like they did during the Christmas season.  After all, who doesn't like a light show?  Happy Valentines Day, everyone.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pelican at Sunset in Fernandina Beach

Ahhh...another perfect Fernandina Beach sunset. We were fixated on the horizon when a pelican flew right into the shot, perfectly on cue. We met a couple from Michigan on the docks tonight who had just moved to Amelia Island and were mesmerized by their first Fernandina sunset and were filling their entire memory card in their camera with photos of it. And they were practically weeping at the beauty. They asked if we'd ever seen anything like it, and we got to give them the happy news that the show goes on every evening here - no ticket required. We're lucky, lucky, lucky.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Anyone's Thoughts Turning to Gardening?

With all of the snow and ice up north this week (month, year), I thought that you guys might want to see a little bit of edible greenery in the form of these nice raised beds at Lulu's at the Thompson House (formerly Lulu's Bra and Grill).  So many of our restaurants in Fernandina are putting in chef's gardens these days and we're all the better off for it.  Very fresh greens and produce year-round; we love it.  When we lived up north I used to get through this time of year by drooling over the seed catalogs and planning out the vegetable and herb gardens.  I grew several kinds of tomatoes, red/green/yellow peppers, zucchini, crookneck squash, Silver Queen corn, sunflowers, watermelon, cantaloupe, sugar peas, bush beans and about twenty different kinds of herbs.  In fact, we bought almost nothing at the store.  I've got a few herbs growing here, but I'm afraid that I've never been able to master growing fruits and vegetables in sand and blazing summer sun.  Any suggestions?  Who wants to put me back on the right track?  Volunteers are welcome.

Fairbanks House - Amelia Island