Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lower Alabama

Everything is so lovely and festive here. Having never been to Riverside in the winter months, and this being our first Christmas in Fairhope, I wondered how spirited we would be feeling in the warmer climate. I'm here to say the lights and the decor in all the small towns surrounding the Bay truly bring the spirit front and forward. It's absolutely wonderful. The shot above is one of the corners in town. I should have known from the spring and summer plantings that Christmastime would be no different. I have to admit, I have never seen poinsettia planted straight in the ground. Isn't it beautiful? Both red and white.

Last night, we drove inland a little to hit a restaurant I had not visited--the kid and hub had and loved it--Flopper's. On our way, we pass through the little town of Silverhill. The town's intersection was decorated so pretty with lights on every corner. Of course, I had to make the hub stop so we could get out and enjoy the sweetness of it. Sorry for the dark photos.

This morning we awoke, lounged for a while and then headed out for the day. I always like hitting World Imports in Spanish Fort since discovering it to stock up on lots of food products from overseas that aren't available in Nashville (that I'm aware of anyway). After finishing up there, we headed over to the Bayway (the causeway that crosses the Bay which you can see in the above photo) to find a new place to have lunch. We ended up at Ed's which was just perfect. I ordered grilled shrimp with Cajun rice.

As we were leaving, the sun began to peak out from the clouds so we decided to head further south to Dauphin Island. The hub and kid had explored it this summer, but I had never been. I think I dozed all the way there and when we arrived, the sun was still trying to maneuver itself out. I don't think there is much more beautiful than a beach in the winter. It was so tranquil.

To end our day, we decided to take the ferry across the Gulf of Mexico to Fort Morgan. We watched as the sun set over the island and headed east. We passed several oil rigs which were amazing to be so close to.

As we hit shore, the sun continued setting and the light house lit our way. It was another good day.


Tammy said...

Those sure are some beautiful pictures!

My aunt will be relocating from the Florida keys to lower Alabama in the next year or so. I'll just bet she'll love it!

Have a great day!

Linda said...

What a lovely area. I love the beach. I think I would like it at any time of the year.

paris parfait said...

You are so lucky! Thanks for sharing all these lovely photos. So glad you're enjoying your holidays. Wishing you a fantastic new year! xoxox

Stephanie said...

Haven't been to L.A. in many years, and never in the winter. How peaceful it looks! Have a wonderful time!

PEA said...

Dearest Rosa,

It's been slow going trying to catch up with everyone's news but I'm getting there! lol Take a few days off blogging and look what happens! Sigh!!

I've so enjoyed reading your last few posts and I'm glad to hear that your Christmas was such a lovely one. I'm also glad to hear that you're now at Riverside and enjoying a much needed rest!! Love all the pictures.

New Year is a time for celebration of love, of life, of friendship. It's the time to thank God for wonderful friends, and to bring to their lives as much magic as they bring to here's celebrating our friendship and praying that its magic continues forever. Happy New Year to you and yours dear Rosa! xoxo

Jeanie said...

Wow! I'd kill to be sitting by the ocean right now! I hope you are recuperating!



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