Thursday, October 23, 2014

South Florida Vacation - Day Two - Miami

Our second day of vacation found us heading with my brother, Robb, to Miami for empanadas, Americana coffee and a double decker bus tour (my birthday present from Robb) through Miami and Miami beach.  It was a fun tour that took us through downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, Little Havana and Coral Gables.  The architecture, history and culture present in Miami was great.  Here are some pictures of our day.  

Note: If you go on a bus tour through Miami - watch your head, we ducked continuously because of low hanging branches, very low.

Robb and I at Bayside  - we had great empanada and americana coffee

The beginning of our day!

This is only half of the children's courthouse in Miami - sad as it is huge

Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

One of the best parts was when we got off in Little Havana and David and Robb got Mojitos and Victoria and I got drinks.  When the bartender found out it was my birthday she had the band play Happy Birthday for me.  It was very sweet.

Little Havana

Beautiful ride over to Miami Beach

If we go back to Miami, I would want to spend a day visiting Miami beach, restaurants, shops and the beach - maybe a walking tour of the history of the area.

Art Deco buildings 

More Art Deco

We ended the day with some delicious seafood (crab legs and shrimp for me) and a beautiful and very tasty birthday cake.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Florida Vacation - Ft. Lauderdale

As some of you know, we went on an amazing vacation to South Florida this past week and had a great time.  We are Floridians but on vacation, tend to go north, not south.  This year we remedied this great error and had a marvelous seven day vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, The Everglades, Miami, Seminole Reservation, Long Key State Park, Key West and Hutchinson Island, Ft. Pierce.

I wanted to post some of our pictures and give some reviews for anyone who may be interested.  This is day one - sailing and snorkeling off Ft. Lauderdale coast with Duane and his sailboat.  It was a beautiful day, the weather was sunny with a light breeze, the ocean was clear blue, and we just enjoyed the water.
David, Victoria and Duane 

Victoria and Duane - Leaving the waterway you have four bridges and you call for them to open for your vessel

Bridge and a beautiful river ferry.

A quaint home on the water

Getting ready for our snorkeling adventure

Our brave captain

David and Victoria - this was Victoria and my first snorkeling adventure

Snorkeling with Ft. Lauderdale in the distance

Victoria and myself.  This water was so clear you could see 20 feet to the bottom.

Loving the sun and the shade!

There were more yachts than I have ever seen - this was a small one compared to most.

Beautiful sunset to match a wonderful day.
Day two will follow.......

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Friday, September 26, 2014

End of Summer Crops and Sweet, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes

These pictures were taken earlier this week and it shows our end of summer crops.  I will really only have two big crops soon if all goes well, sweet potatoes and peanuts.  I have a few figs on the fig tree, okra, eggplant and spinach but not a lot of any one thing.   We did have some friends give us some great bell peppers last week - I could not grow any this year and they are definitely our favorite vegetable!

Last year I planted ornamental sweet potatoes and this year I thought, well, I 'd rather eat what I plant at the end of the season, voila...sweet potatoes.  In the back are some small blueberries, eggplant and muscadines.
These have been so happy they have had  lovely purple flowers
Here is the fig tree with tarragon and Okinawa spinach in the background.
A few tasty figs.
Blue spires and porterweed and a small lemon tree in the background.  The bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love these guys.
The front is finally filling in with roses, lantana, angelonia, aloe, plumbago and some ornamental sweet potato
Roses, milkweed, annuals, angelonia and some weed with berries ( I don't know what it is but it is pretty).  The milkweed seems to self sow, one popped up last year and this year I have four. I think I may be getting the repetition concept but it takes time to figure out colors and size.
Yes, this is a weed but the bees love it so I chop and drop it when it gets too close to the roses.
blueberry bush, lemongrass, and many flowers.
blue spires and the banana tree - no bananas this year :(
brussel sprouts (not looking too great), bok choy, okra in the back.
A view of the garden from the back, the bed under the bananas is full of peanut plants!  They have been so happy this year!

Can't wait to see what next year brings - love the colors and the birds, bees, butterflies and glory of it all!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fort Clinch Family Fun

We had a great weekend camping at Fort Clinch State Park.  What a great park!  Our campsite was located on the riverside under large, beautiful oak trees just a minutes walk from the St. Mary's River.  A short bike ride took us to the fort and another mile away is the beach.  

Sunset over the St. Mary's River
An oak tree canopy 
Hanging on the beach
We had a wonderful nature hike with Carl, the volunteer who took us on the Willow Pond Trail hike
Love having the bikes
This is a shark feeding in the river
Here is another picture of the shark feeding right off the dock
We saw quite a few baby alligators - there is one on the log in the center of this picture
Victoria making her s'more stick
A great and very long fishing pier
Love the campfire
Lots of tracks, people tracks, raccoon tracks and some other tracks??
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Whole Foods $10 off $50 Coupon for September

Click for printable coupon

There is a new Whole Foods $10 off $50 coupon that will expire  September, 30, 2014.  Click here to print the coupon.  Do not just print the picture from this page - go to the link to print.  Remember you can use this at Publix at certain stores in Jacksonville.
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