I enjoy going down to the water when storms are moving through to see the whitecaps. I was a little surprised to see several fishing boats riding out the rough seas. I won't let our daughter go far into the water when the waves are like this, but we did play in the foam after … Continue reading An angry ocean
We had such a wonderful day. I woke our daughter up at 5 a.m. to do some stargazing. No, it wasn't the comet we were after. Just before sunrise this morning, you could see the crescent Moon and five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn - mostly in alignment from east to west … Continue reading My kind of day
To the north: To the south: I love the emerald waters off of Florida in the summer.
I'm not going to lie, this has been a pretty incredible weekend. Yesterday we decided to wake up early and head out to a sandbar that we've wanted to play at for many months. We originally were going to take the kayak, but I have been struggling with serious knee pain for a couple days … Continue reading A sandbar, Lebanese food, and psychiatry books
I have been busy planting a variety of new bulbs and plants, including a deep purple clematis to snake up a magnolia among the ferns, pink and yellow frangipani cuttings (to add to my other plumeria), lobster claw and bihai helconias, shampoo gingers, butterfly gingers, and several gingers that I ordered from Hawaii. I have … Continue reading My Florida garden in June
A few weeks ago, I planted 300 hundred caladiums in a giant (GIANT!) bed in the middle of my garden. It is difficult for me to capture the scale of this section and its location in a single photograph, but adding it has definitely helped me create a park-like feel to the gardens, as it … Continue reading An island of caladiums
I've been engrossed in some rather interesting books lately, so I guess I have taken a bit of a break from writing here. But I had to share something that I have always found fascinating - in the South, we have periods where dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa catches the trade winds and … Continue reading Sahara dust… It’s a small world
We love visiting Ormond Beach, a town just south of here. Last night, we had a chance to eat at the Grind Gastropub and Kona Tiki Bar. I'd highly recommend this place. Great food, live music, and outdoor vibe. (Grind is tucked behind the historic Rose Villa restaurant, which I wrote about in a post, … Continue reading A perfect evening in Ormond Beach
Image from Flagler County Fire Flight, via Flagler Live As I have mentioned before, our family enjoys exploring the local wetlands in a large tandem kayak. Floridians are blessed with literally thousands of places to put in a kayak, including exotic natural springs, rivers, marshes and swamps, and the ocean. Marshes and swamps are beautiful … Continue reading Kayak safety is no joke!
Both of the bald eaglets in our neighborhood nest have fledged. (Yay!) But that's not the end of nesting season in these parts. We went for a lunchtime swim at a local beach. I love seeing all of the sea turtle nests up and down the base of the dunes. My favorite are the nests … Continue reading Sea turtle nesting season