Sunday, January 22, 2012

Winter Interlude

My sister Nancy and I have just returned from a week long,
winter interlude which included a few days in Florida.
Last Monday we drove to Atlanta,
did some shopping,
(Pottery Barn, Ballard, Ikea--yeah!)
visited with an old friend of Nancy's,
Dodd, who graciously shared his
home with us for the night.
Dodd has just purchased a mid-century house
in Atlanta and it was fun seeing it and
hearing his all his plans for it.
The next day, we drove to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
My dear friend Carolyn (you can read more about her here)
had rented a condo for the entire month of January
and had invited us for a visit.

Santa Rosa Beach is on the Gulf.
Although the weather was not warm enough for swimming,
it was fine for walking on the beach.

Seaside, Florida is just a few miles from Santa Rosa.
I have heard about Seaside for years and it was fun to finally see it.

The houses are all varied and charming.

This is the view from Carolyn's condo.
We spent several lovely hours sitting on her balcony
enjoying the blue sky, blue water and warm sunshine!

All good things must come to an end and
we made our way home on Friday,
staying the night in Chattanooga.
We had planned a stop in Montevallo, Alabama
which is the home of Nancy and my alma mater,
the University of Montevallo.
However, as we left the sunshine state,
the sunshine left us.
It was so rainy, gray and foggy
we opted not to stop.
Last night it was home again, home again,
jiggity jig!
I always love going,
but I always love getting home again too!


NanaDiana said...

Oh- I am soooo jealous. I miss living in FL even after all these years. Isn't Seaside just one of the most quaint places you have ever seen? Love the condo view. We are headed to Orlando in mid February and I can't wait. xo Diana

Vicki Boster said...

Susan - a winter respite at the beach is just the thing to make the gray days of winter more bearable. The beach looks lovely and the Seaside photos were fabulous also.

Shopping - restaurants,- a beautiful beach - the ocean - you had all the makings of a wonderful trip! I bet you took a great knitting project along too!

I wish I was at the beach right now!


Shirley said...

Hi Susan, Your pictures makes me want to go where it is warm. Tonight we have had rain and they say it will turn to snow. We have been to Florida twice a long time ago. I would love to go back again. I think I would love the warmer weather about now. Thank you for sharing your pictures because it made you feel like you were there with you. Have a great week. Your Missouri Friend.

Tanna said...

Susan, your adventure makes me pine for one myself!! The beach looks so beautiful... and Seaside, oh, my!! Chattanooga is my stopover when I am on my way to visit the Little Men. ;) Glad you and your sister had such a fun trip!! blessings ~ Tanna

Stitchfork said...

Blue skies, sunshine, sand and surf sound ideal right about now. Love those big southern porches in your photos! Sounds like a fun get-away!
xo Cathy

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous place to holiday!! Love the charm of the houses and the Gulf looks gorgeous.

I, too love going....and then returning.
Happy Monday!!!

xo Elizabeth

❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

How blessed you are to have such a friend who invites you to such a beautiful place!!
It's good to get away now and then, isn't it?

Privet and Holly said...

Sounds like a perfect
getaway, Susan! I've
always wanted to see
Seaside, as well. Winter
has finally settled upon
us here in MN {although,
still WAY below normal
snow fall}, so it was lovely
to see these pictures of
warmth and sunshine.
Welcome home!

xx Suzanne

Karolee said...

What a beautiful location! Your photos make me want to visit.

Suzanne said...

Oh so nice! I know that was fun!

Kendra Quilts said...

Wow I would give just about anything to do something like this. Ive never seen a beach. I really cannot imagine. Happy some can do these things. God bless!

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