Monday, August 8, 2011

What I did on my summer vacation


I ate a lot!

At breakfast places like Ginny's and Jane's Bakery where they have the
best apricot scone ever!
~I might have had a few~


 Or lunch places like Star Fish Co. with outdoor picnic tables hovering
over a working dock and serving
the best shrimp EVER!


And then there were dinners at the Sign of the Mermaid for a little French food!
Or at Waterfront Restaurant with their baked brie drizzled
with honey & toasted almonds and granny smith apples on the side.
~I had the baked brie THREE times ... but not in the same day~
I was thankful for my elastic wasted running shorts.



I Hunted!

 Not the kind of hunting you might be thinking. 
Nope.  
Got on my bike and hunted for .....


 Porta-potties!
Because where there is a porta-potty, there is construction.
And I love construction.  
Have I told you about my construction envy? 
Ever since we did an extensive remodel of our home 6 years ago.
I know ...  I'm sick.

So on our bikes around Anna Maria,  I track down the BIG....


and the small ....



 and the in-between houses in their stages of construction.



  Sometimes ... just sometimes .... somebody forgets to lock a door ....
~ shhhhhhhhhh ~


 and we take a peek inside!  
The Professor gets a bit nervous with my breaking and entering.
He's always eager to depart.
~In case this was your home, be assured, we only took ideas~



And after all that breaking and entering, The Professor needs to get a beer.
Which is always a good time to make new friends.
~I especially like the dog kind of new friends~
By the way, in case you're wondering, this is not The Professor
~no.beer.in.hand.~



I Beached It!

Not really ... we never go to the beach during the day....


 Cause I'm too busy porta-potty hunting ....


 But when my bike nears the beach ....


I have to snap a few pictures of all that color....


and people doing serious work like this Turtle Watch guy rescuing a hurt bird ....


 and not so serious people posing for something


or rather for someone .... ooh la la!!
~The Professor was disappointed that I would not share my zoom lens~


My type of beaching it
is at sunset and taking photos of couples 
as they enjoy an evening stroll


or cursing under my breath others who scare away all the birds
of which I'm trying to take photos.
~It was ALMOST a bird free blog .... ~smile~




 Yep, my type of beaching it was to end every day with the gulf water lapping 
at my feet, a glass of wine and this view!

So ...  that was what I did on my summer vacation.  
Every day!


Tomorrow, I will return to our regular scheduled programming
of beach birds.

Thank you for your patience.
~smile~



68 comments:

Ann said...

That was some vacation. You had me worrying for a second when you said you went hunting for porta potties....lol
Love that second to last shot.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

What a great vacation...and great photos! I love the flying seagulls. I'm also a fan of houses under construction...but just because of the smell! My father was a construction worker and we also hung around. I also like the smell of Home Depot for the same reason! Glad you had a great time. :)

Jillsy Girl said...

seriously...hunting for porta-potties while only steps away lies the most gorgeous white sand and aqua waters. The Professor must adore you! :-)

Ashley Sisk said...

Your vacation looks like a lot of fun. I'm loving that next to last shot.

christinemyoung said...

felt like i was there for a little bit :)

Catherine said...

Isn't being on vacation all about the eating?? :)

It looks like you are spending your vacation exactly how you want to. Good for you. Love the colors of the beach. It looks wonderful!

xo Catherine

Snappy Di said...

Well, I'm certainly a wee bit jealous. That looks like a pretty nice vacation, no matter what you did. Just the sights were awesome.

bon bon said...

oh, i feel so relaxed now! :oD

i have to say, my dad was a builder and i too loved roaming through new and yet to be finished buildings, imagining where the bed or dining table would go...

Michaele said...

ahhhhhh...how refreshing. From the food to the funny obsession. Thanks for sharing!

TexWisGirl said...

a construction junky? wow! :) loved all these shots. my fave was the beach w/ all the birds and the silly folks in it.

Lois Evensen said...

What a marvelous vacation. Lots of great food and images :)

Erin K said...

Wow, your photo's a really lovely. And it looks like you had one great vacation too!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Wonderful holiday!Love the beach umbrellas but most of all, the second last with the people and the seagulls!

Ginny said...

I stand in amazement of you and what you do with these pictures!!! All breathtaking!!! I love the greens in the first one, some of the beach ones look like expensive artwork, they slap you in the face with color and beauty. I feel like deleting every one of my pictures now!

Barbara Shallue said...

Tom and I are construction junkies, too! We were in heaven a few years ago when a million-dollar home division was being built near us. Love these pics - especially the birds flying!

gina said...

Well, that was a fun tour of your vacation haunts...sounds like you had a fantastic time! I love the umbrella series.

Barb said...

You are so funny and you make me laugh as well as ooh and ahh over your photography! inspiring to say the least!

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic vacation, Reena! And I do love your sense of humor along with the fact you're a terrific photographer and your photos are gorgeous! Next best thing to being there! Have a great week -- even if you're not still there!

Sylvia

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was a fun post which no doubt a bit of work was involved. Well done. The first house under construction is definitely being done with hurricanes and tidal surge in mind. Think that would be the way I'd go even if it didn't have that "charming" look about it.

Misty said...

I got lost in your pictures for a minute there, but then snapped back into reality so I could leave a comment. I enjoyed every single one. Beautiful!

*^_^* said...

Wonderful! Refreshing!
Nice post! Keep it coming!!

ladyfi said...

Oooo - long sigh! I enjoyed each and every photo - so full of colour and joy. That picture with the birds flying off is spectacular! Well worth framing.

Teresa said...

What a stunning set of photos, it's lovely to see life through a lens from someone else's perspective. The shots are lovely, full of vibrant colour and I could feel the heat. Beautiful . . .

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Totally delightful.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful summer fun!

Kathy said...

Great shots as usual. I need (and want) a vacation like this.

Dyche Designs said...

Great variety of shots, love them. I'm usually on the hunt for porta potty's too but usually because I need to use them!

Joe said...

Having lunch at the Star Fish Co. over a working dock sounds awesome. If I was the Professor I'd been disappointed too at you not sharing the zoom lens ;). LOL!

biebkriebels said...

I see you had a great holliday in a colourful environement. Love the bright painted houses in green and blue and the lunches sounds good, love the brie too.

Woody said...

What a great collection, so many vibrant colors. I like to 'explore' constructions sites too.

I do not think I'm going to make it to the beach anytime in the next few weeks. I need a Kohr Brothers fix.

Daryl said...

OK .. next time I am coming along, I dont care if I am not invited, I am coming along .. I love construction sites .. I love breaking/entering er trespassing er looking inside unoccupied places .. and taking pix and eating .. see I am fun to have along!

elizabeth said...

Sounds like a perfect vacation to me! Beautiful captures of one of my favorite places to go
Must try some of those restaurants you mentioned too!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Wonderful story board. Sounds relaxing and fattening at the same time! Loved it!

Jill said...

Wow! What a marvelous place to visit! I so enjoyed going on vacation with you. :)

Louise said...

I want to go there. No, I want to move there. What an absolutely beautiful place. Wish I was rich. I'd Winter there, and spend the rest of the year in the old homestead.

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

Reena, what a magnificient summer vacation!! Thank you for sharing this wonder with us.

oa.s

S. Etole said...

Oh, my! Looks like a perfect vacation with lots of color and good food.

Madi and Mom said...

Reena,
EXCELLENT pictures.
I would like to officially request an application to be your able body assistant on your next trip to your little piece of heaven.
Hugs
C

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh my goodness! What an awesome pictorial. Enjoyed reliving your journey with you through these amazing photos. I think my favorites were the beach photos--especially the ones with the colorful umbrellas. Wow!

ds said...

My kind of beaching it as well! Though I wouldn't be out hunting port-a-potties (that is one scary obsession) ;)

Mama Zen said...

These are fabulous! But, now, I'm hungry.

Debbie said...

eating your way thru a vacation is a must!!

what beautiful views!! sounds like you had a wonderful time!!!

Debbie said...

by the time i got to the end, i forgot about the awesome green table & chairs...i could eat there even IF the food sucked but i'm sure it didn't!!

Kamana said...

you hunt for construction sites??? hmm... that is a first i have to admit :) loved tagging along on your vacation, through your photos.

Ryan Elizabeth said...

I almost got lost on your vacation...wishing it was mine :) My vacation will be coming soon, when all the kids are back at school!

Henrietta said...

Great variety of shots:) Your holidays looks just great and relaxing. I really loved the breakfast lace, amazing colored space. The day will start so bright and cheerful after eating there.

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Gods Little People said...

No envy here, nope!!
The colors are just AMAZING! And that image with the birds are just bloody fantastic - quite a surreal quality.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Vacation? What's a vacation?

Great photos as usual, Reena. :)

Evelyn S. said...

Well....I just had a fabulous photographic tour of your beach ---or is it "shore"---vacation! Wonderful images and colors!

Andrew said...

A wonderful post to read Reena and backed up by your beautiful images.

Pat said...

Terrific post - your vacation sounds perfect. I love your pictures. Tell professor he's a naughty boy wanting the zoom lens to look at you know what!

Ginny's and Jane's Bakery - the colors and art are spectacular. I'd love to visit/eat there one day.

Birdman said...

That first shot, that yucky green, I might be ill.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! I keep thinking of 'wish I had been there'! ...or I can ride a bike, too...can I come next time! And the Mermaid restaurant..I am drooling! Love all of your photos! Will leave the post up for hubby to see! A perfect summer! ♥

Cedar said...

The colors in this post are so vibrant and cheerful! I would never dare sneak into someone's house~I'm way too rule bound (chicken), but I do love touring them when I can.

Fabulous photos!

CherryPie said...

An amazing set of photos, I love your colours and your timing. Your comments along the way made me chuckle :-)

janet said...

I wish I had been with you!!!!

Janet xox

lisleman said...

wait a minute, I thought those assignments were not due until September. I always like the descriptions giving the background of the pictures and good thing because the Porta-potty picture would have had puzzled me. Didn't let him use the zoom lens - oh c'mon - it's just eye candy.

Corker2 said...

I have noticed on your Blog that you get so many comments, that it's a wonder that you even get to mine. Anyway, you have some real nice Images there. One of these day's, I'll get to the Shore, but not right now. Your story line is very good, also. Thanks for sharing.

urban muser said...

looks like you had a great time. love your porta-pottie hunting!

Connie Smiley said...

So beautiful! I loved the tour, all the color, and the small dog.

Jennifer Richardson said...

pure awesomeness:):):)
-Jennifer

lisa said...

These are wonderful photographs Reena, and it looks like your summer vacation has been absolutely perfect!

Chez Loulou said...

Oh, the light there! And the colors! Looks like a little piece of paradise.

Fjällripan said...

Wonderful photos of them! The second last with the two people and gulls was amazing!! Have a nice day :)

Ruth said...

Your photos are truly great. The one of the 'older' couple on the beach is brilliant. The colors here are inspiring, I feel as if I've had a vacation myself. Oh wait, I did, but not like this! (Moving a child from NYC in the middle of the heat wave is NOT a vacation.)

You had me at the first photo, where I wanted to just sit and eat a scone. What a grand place that is. I love it.

Anna said...

Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! Thanks for the show and tell of beautiful photos. Your concept of seeking out potties and their adjoining new construction is a creative, new concept for me :)

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Just catching up after a week away!
I share your construction curiosity! We had a neighbor ask (timidly) if it would be okay if they peeked at our house under construction in VA. I told her that I'd be insulted if they didn't troop through on a regular basis!!

thailand holidays said...

Awesome shots for the season. I like the beach and the ultra romantic sunset shot.