|Arrived home to some bursts of purple in the garden.|
We have returned home from our vacation/house hunt refreshed and pleased with the fact that we both now love St. Petersburg and feel it was the right decision for this house. Mr Raz will be building the USA side of his business while we are there, and I will be doing something I haven't figured out yet. .......Given that I can't take a job there, I need to figure what I can do there for several 2-3 week spells several times a year. My fiber art is something I am thinking of going back to since I find I can focus better on it when it is my sole distraction and not thinking about clients and sofas etc. House chosen still may fall through, but that's OK. We bought it more for the location than the house and I am not in LOVE with the actual house, so I can deal with the loss if it happens. Bigger fish to fry than fussing over a house.
|Wisteria in bloom and many bees along with it. Keeping allergic cat away.|
We stayed at the historic Vinoy Hotel in St Pete which was originally built in the 20's, closed down for 18 years and was inhabited by the homeless. Restored now to it's former glory, I would highly recommend it as a great play to stay, central to everything. I love a hotel breakfast with a silver coffeepot and those little pots of jam. Favourite thing to eat here was the Vanilla Bean Waffle with Plum Compote and Salted Honey Butter. They have a massive porch running the whole length of the hotel where you can sit in rocking chairs and stare over the harbour while drinking Gin.
|The Porch at the Vinoy. Photo from Phylisscooks.com|
|Basil starting to take off....it's very particular is basil.|
And of course we did my "Florida" thing. Testing the key lime pies for desert every night to rate the best one. Hotel won for flavour and zestiness. 400 Beach Seafood and Tapas won for crust...macadamia nuts are the secret ingredient in that. I once tested almost every Key Lime Pie on the menu on Sanibel Island......
The thing about going away is coming back to the familiar and loved. I can never wait to go, and then look forward to being back.
Wishing you all a great weekend. Don't forget the Vancouver Canucks are playing Boston tonight in the Stanley Cup Final........(Hockey for those from afar)