Saturday, June 02, 2007

A Day in Fairhope

We spent the day in Fairhope today. It's just so pretty in town. The street scapes are gorgeous this year! I don't remember the stargazers in years' past.

We started with a casual lunch in one of the little sandwich shops and moved on to the book stores. The hub is in search of a specific history book (he's prepping for his great American novel, did I tell you?). I was looking for some Gladys Taber books after everyone has been suggesting them. In fact, I have ordered several off Amazon but no harm in asking around. The used book store had her Cocker Spaniel book, which I wasn't interested in. They looked for another they thought they still had but couldn't locate it. (I couldn't see any rhyme or reason as to how they had everything shelved or stacked!). Guess I'll just have to wait until my order comes in the mail. I'm dying to start my summer reading. I need to learn how to sit back and relax. I'm hoping one of her stories will do the trick. I'm a Rosamunde Pilcher fan but have already read all her goodies. Anyhow, the hub was able to find a couple books, of course, and I found some stationery, of course. We both were fascinated with the reprint of the old Sears & Roebuck catalog from 1908, what fun to sit and skim through this giant!

We stopped off at the sweet shop and I had an iced latte and the men had these huge dishes of Bluebell ice cream! Look at the size of that cup! Lordy. We then went down the street to Mobile Bay and looked over the beautiful waters. A short drive later, we ended up at Weeks Bay and then hooked back around to our neck of the woods.

One more pit stop was the local nursery where I had my eye on a couple of lily pads for the reserve. I had asked the biologist yesterday if it was okay to introduce such a thing to the reserve and he gave the thumb's up. Well, those things aren't cheap! Man! So, froggies will have to enjoy the one and only pad in the place. I picked out the Jack Wood because I love the fuchsia, of course. We'll see how well it does in a natural habitat. You can barely see it at the bottom of the picture. I'll keep records of it's growth (or lack thereof) through my blog, like I do everything else. This aquatic planting is all new to me so we'll see. Also picked up a bird feeder and some seed. Can't wait to see what birds I can attract!

The hub had his eye on some binoculars. Guess what he got for an early Father's Day gift? Uh huh. You got it. hehe. He said he was going to use them for bird watching--wink wink--yea maybe the blond variety going by in boats! ha. He and the kid got a kick out of that. Ew, after I took this picture, I noticed how dusty they were. Did they sell us the floor model? How wude. Guess it doesn't really make a difference now does it?

Everyone is off in their little corners doing whatever. Think I may just mosey on out to the front and watch the boats go by.


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Good to stop by once again and catch up a bit! I have also vowed to slow down a bit this summer, and have bought several paperbacks in anticipation! The flower photos are awesome!

Linda said...

Looks like a fabulous day. What fun to buy a water lilly. I've always thought about doing some sort of water feature but it sounded like too much work. You already have all the water you need-don't need to build a pond.

Artsy said...

You'll love Gladys Taber, esp her Stillmeadow books. I have most of them and interestingly enough is that she and my grandmother (a newspaper columnist) were penpals. Hence my interest. Small world that you would be interested in them. I found some on eBay, but I found a fair amount of them here: and

Good reads.

Artsy said... is another website that I have a lot of luck with Taber Books:

I guess I have around 18 now.

Dianne said...

Ro, I just finished Eat-Pray-Love and it is just amazing. I was sorry for it to end.

Riverside looks wonderful and we're still planning on visiting the town in August. Can't wait and hope it's during a time when you are there!

PEA said...

Sounds like a delightful day...I keep going back to that ice cream picture! hehe Loved all the pictures and being at a place like Riverside, you certainly do need a pair of binoculars:-) xox

Mrs. Staggs said...

I'm glad you are finally starting to relax a bit. Seems like you've caught a lot of colds ect. in this last year.
I went to buy a water lily for my pond, but didn't. They were very expensive. I'll make do with a little bit of water lettuce 'til the youngest Mr. Staggs is through with college. LOL!
Your hub would love my husband's night binoculars. You can see the craters on the moon with them. They are amazing and almost as good for that as our telescope.
I have that wonderful is great fun.
Gladys Taber is a keeper and I think lots of people collect her old books. I've never seen any of them in the used book stores around here in the 25 years or so I've looked for them, so I was amazed when I found those two at the thrift store. Have you read Maeve Binchy's books? They are similar to Rosamunde Pilcher's. Especially the earlier ones.

Susie said...

I've enjoyed catching up with all you've done at Riverside. Our waterlilly spread like wildfire in our pond. Wish I could send you some as we have to trim it back!!
Glad your cold is better and your Mom is feeling more herself.

Anonymous said...

Loving that ice cream photo...Just wishing I could have a little taste.

Sounds like you are having bunches of fun...Keep it up!

Take care,

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Boy that ice cream looks good! Sounds like you had a wonderful time Rosa. Your porch looks so enviting!


justacoolcat said...

That ice cream looks delicious.

The Woman said...

Everything looks scrumptious!

(I almost went into sugar shock just looking at that cup of ice cream!)



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