Wednesday, March 23, 2011

On to Dunedin

Before leaving Ft. Myers we celebrated my 69th birthday.  My 'big' present is the Kindle I am holding in the photo, and the Mango Mango drink was a nice present also.

I put together a ZigZag center for a baby quilt before we left.  The fabric was a pile of similar left-overs I grabbed before leaving home and some muslin.

We have moved on to Dunedin, the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays, and the nearest town to beautiful Honeymoon beach.  The sand is white white and fine grained.  And there is a section set aside as a "Pet Beach".  No cats in evidence.

I have put the borders on the ZigZag quilt, after a visit to The Rainbow's End [quilt shop] for the bright border.  I used up all the remaining scraps for the backing.  However, actually QUILTING the top will wait until I get home. The "harp" of the Feather Weight machine is too small for quilting.

And here is a better shot of what we can see from the balcony: palm trees, Gulf water, islands, a white egret.  Occasionally private fishing boats go by and kayaks.  No manatees so far.

For lunch today we drove 20 minutes north to Tarpon Springs for a Greek lunch and a look at the sponge boats in their harbor.  The tan sponges are hanging on rope lines on the boat [to dry?].

We also spent about ten minutes inside the Greek Orthodox cathedral of St. Nicolas.  Big Greek community here!

Charlie's friend is arriving today for four ball games in four days with Charlie.  I'm going to just one, and will continue my sewing projects while the men are out in the bright sun for three hours at a time.


Interesting restaurant food for dinners
Reading Sandra Schneider's "Written That You May Believe"
Three days off from men's basketball


Elaine Adair said...

Oh mygoodness - I recognized the Tarpon Springs photo - have been in that area many times, as my mother (95) and sister live in New Port Richey. 8-)

Stray Stitches said...

Happy belated birthday to you! That area is gorgeous. Looks nice and warm compared to the cool rainy skies I'm experiencing at the moment.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

You are in my backyard :-) Hey you are going to visit Rainbow's End in Dunedin, right??

NorahS said...

Happy Birthday!

Jackie said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one to take my sewing machine with me to motels when I travel!



Julie Fukuda said...

Such pretty colors in that zig zag quilt. Enjoy your holiday!

kim said...

thanks for sharing the lovely view. Back home we have two days of heavy ice coating cars, tress, walkways, etc. Enjoy all the delightful sunshine and relaxing times.

Vicki said...

Happy Birthday, looks like a wonderful place to relax.

Nines said...

It looks so WARM!! I am still waiting for Spring... You sound like you're having a wonderful time.

Mama Spark said...

Happy Birthday!! I just found your blog and wanted to let you know that I am from GR originally,now living in Canton.

Bonnie said...

Happy belated birthday to you. The drink looks great. You'll love the kindle except the small detail of having to BUY the books from Amazon. I wish I could load library ebooks on it but not yet. Safe travels when you head home.