Friday, June 24, 2016

At the Edge of the Orchard


I have just read Tracy Chevalier's most recent release: At the Edge of the Orchard.  This historical novel tells a tale of apples, trees and Western Expansion. 

Love her writing: worth a read.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recent visit to Bermuda

Some snaps from a journey to Bermuda...


St. George's Parish is the historic area to see. A ferry ride to Dockyard and on to Hamilton is the least expensive and best value for every tourist!  


The banana trees were full of unripened fruit.


Corroding door knocker on a cedar door. 


The America's Cup will take place in summer '17 in the waters of Bermuda. 
The Bermuda Underwater Institute  is currently featuring a most informative exhibit on this age-old race to the finish. Worth a visit while in Bermuda. 


Friday, April 29, 2016

Charleston: Spring bloom-filled window boxes


Last week, I stopped by Charleston on my way back to Virginia. Spring blossoms are slowly emerging!




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spring in Florida....Cardinal eggs and a nest

First there was just one egg and eventually after three days, there were three!  The mother cardinal was watching carefully from afar as I snapped the picture. 


Monday, April 11, 2016

Oxford Exchange, Tampa

While visiting Tampa recently, the dau, her pal and I toured a group of historic homes in the Hyde Park area. Prior to, we had a lunch at the Oxford Exchange.  Inspired by buildings and architecture in the UK, this industrially-designed space is now home to a restaurant, shops and meeting spaces for private events.






Warby Parker shop within


an old photo of the Tampa Bay Hotel , now a museum and part of the University of Tampa



Worth a visit when visiting Tampa.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Orphan Train




 Orphan Train is a story of immigration, abandonment, survival and friendship with a quite good ending.


Worth a read, for sure.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Columbia Restaurant in Saint Augustine


 The Columbia Restaurant was a'hoppin on a recent Saturday night. The quite extensive menu features many Cuban and Spanish favorites. The original restaurant was founded in 1905 in Ybor City, Tampa and served Cuban coffee and Cuban sandwiches to cigar makers there. 


 Mojitos are garnished with a stick of fresh sugar cane.


Columbia's original 1905 salad prepared for us table-side.


Vivid and vibrantly-colored Spanish tile work everywhere.


Worth a visit when in Saint Augustine, for sure.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wigged out...


Have you seen this entertaining and interactive feature on the V&A website?  This is guaranteed to be provide comical diversion from your day.  Just like Marie Antoinette!