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
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
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
We've had something of a crazy and exciting day today. Our family woke up early this morning and drove up the A1A to St. Augustine to go sailing on a 40-foot Lagoon catamaran. (Lagoon is a French yacht manufacturer, headquartered in Bordeaux, which was acquired by Beneteau.) The catamaran's owner spent 13 years living on … Continue reading Sailing out of St. Augustine for a few hours, some outstanding Cuban food
This may be our most Southern concoction yet (well, at least since alligator jambalaya last week). We started slow-cooking pulled pork last night at bedtime. The combination of the barbecue and intense storms spun off from the tropical depression south of us made for an interesting house to wake up to this morning. It was … Continue reading Breakfast of champions and beach food
This guy may become Arthur in the next few days (this is the 5-day map, which shows a path). I'm less than thrilled, as we are supposed to go out on the ocean this weekend. Apparently, we are in for a lot of storms this year, thanks to La Niña. Egad.
I tried relaxing on Mother's Day, but then I got bored and decided to cook a wild dinner. Literally wild. We found a new fishmonger where we can buy fresh, local seafood. But this one has more of a Cajun twist. At their shop, I found alligator sausage, which we obviously had to try. Not … Continue reading Alligator jambalaya and blueberry cobbler
Here is an age progression of photographs for the eaglets in our neighborhood, from chicks only a couple months ago to proper birds of prey now. Not going to lie, we are all very proud of them. And video of one of the eaglets trying out her wings. You can tell they are getting ready … Continue reading A day of firsts
We've been taking as many walks on the beaches as we can lately. I know one little mermaid who is delighted to have this part of her world returning to normal. The Intracoastal Waterway on a bright, sunny day. I love this time of year in the Deep South, when the magnolias are all in … Continue reading Back to the water