|the charm of old buildings...|
|Patio Table with old quilt for table cloth|
|Back of the yard, facing the front. I need to take the tags off my couch cushions|
|Looking from the new "pool area" to the old part of the garden|
|The old Mexican bench|
|The center garden after days of moving and planting|
|My new Florentine chest|
|Wrought iron Spanish wall sconce over the chest|
|Best steak and sweet potatoes ever....at Birchwood in St. Petersburg.|
|Paper Street Market on Central Avenue....my favourite haunt|
|A beautiful school|
|The Birchwood Inn downtown St. Pete.|
|Florida friends for dinner...wonderful people who make me feel at home|
I should be a good will ambassador for St. Petersburg, Florida. I tell everyone it is Florid'a's best kept secret. I love the architecture, the layout of the city, the accessible waterfront, the Arts community, ancient gardens, the birds, wildlife, the grittyness of parts of it....the mom and pop shops and the overall vibrancy and friendliness of the City.
We leave Florida tomorrow morning. I really drag myself away from our home and part time life here. I rfeel like me and St. Pete are a good fit. We meet so many people who welcome us into their lives and homes. We went to a wonderful party at an incredible Old Floridian bungalow...I was in awe of the fabulous home of our host and her garden and pool. We had drinks with friends, breakfast at the beach, a visit to our friends new beach house, dinner at a fabulous new restaurant in town and many, many bike rides around the city along Coffee Pot Blvd downtown past massive old trees and quaint homes. I have gardened until my hands were too blistered to do any more. I've gotten great advice from a talented Floridian gardener who not only gave me advice but bucket loads of plants. We celebrated The Raz Man's birthday with neighbors and swam 10 times a day to get relief from the heat. We stayed up really late with neighbors singing old songs and making up new lines....(Try it with Ode to Billy Joe) And....because we always do when we are here....we had to call a plumber. This time, a clogged drain caused a back up that took 10 beach towels to soak up. And yes, we called Geronimo....our now on-staff plumber.
Being away makes you appreciate home more though. I can't wait to see Frenchie, Hannah Kat, Henry Francis and Girl Child. And to catch up baby Emma's latest photos and my family in Montreal. I love to leave and I love to come back..to both places.