Welcome to our travels and adventures

Welcome to our travels and adventures

A Normal Spring at the Plantation?

1403094 Mar 14 Barb Squaring Up Row RobinThe last time I wrote, we lived through another Mardis Gras here at the Plantation. Now, all things are back to normal and yes, we’re still dining out, Ba1403047 Mar 08 Bon Secour Tin Top For Lunchrb is busy quilting and I am attacking the ‘honey – do’ list. We’re also busy planning, building lists and designing the rooms for our ‘hobby house’ back in Ft Erie. Through some phone calls and further research, we have decided that radiant in floor heating is out of our budget range. We are looking at other options, including wall furnaces and a complete HVAC system sized for our small house.

1403069 Mar 11 Terry Working On Hedge


We managed to get a couple of dry days so I could trim the hedge rows on both sides of the rig. We met friends Gerry & Diane for lunch at the Tin Top restaurant in Bon Secour. We were able to sit out under the awning and chat the day away. The food was good, the beer cold and the service excellent.



1403054 Mar 08 Motorbike Accident Victim BoardsWe were sitting in the rig having dinner and suddenly we hear a low flying helo coming in over top of the trees. We step outside to see what is happening and it was moving quickly further into the campground and looks like it was about to land. Barb & I jumped on our bikes and hustled down toward the office to see it sitting in the open area east of the entrance and was being met by the local EMTs. The EMT’s were transferring a youngster to the helo for transport to the ER. This sort of excitement gets us oldies out for some exercise.  While watching we met new arrivals, Lois and Harvey from our home Chapter 18, and invited them over for happy hour the next day.

Another major event is the Chapter 26 (The Gulf Posse) 1403080 Mar 14 Inside The French Quartercorned beef luncheon. Some of the chapter members prepared the corned beef in the backyard on a drizzly morning before the scheduled event. Again, lots of good food, good company and total fun as over 100 of us sit down for yet another meal!  Another cake was raffled off by Bill Coons for a few $100.00.  A good sum of money was donated to the local fire department.

1403077 Mar 14 Egret In Reeds ScultureOn February 14th, we wandered around the Fairhope annual craft show and sale with Bill, Ann, Tom & Cheryl. We were not disappointed in the quality and quantity of products for sale. It was all there, whatever you could dream of that you might want!1403090 Mar 14 Barb With Blue Heron Sculpture

1403078 Mar 14 Terry In A Fancy Hat

Our weather has been all over the map this spring. We have had beautiful hot days with sunny skies but then a storm rolls through and leaves a blast of cold air in its wake. Everyone is wondering when spring will really arrive and give us the warm days that we love. We haven’t even got the clubs out of the closet or the boat in the water! Yikes!

Gotta run, it’s happy hour here and someone is opening the beverages…..

1403079 Mar 14 Tulip Flower Opening Up

Mardis Gras 2014 at the Plantation

I know that the last post was mostly about eating, well we’re starting off here with the guys hav1402071 Feb 25 Barb Hangs Mardi Gras Wreathing lunch out while the ladies are on a shopping excursion in Pensacola for more quilting supplies! The guys are not so photogenic so no pictures of us sitting in the sunshine, on the deck overlooking the inland waterway at Lulu’s in Gulf Shores.

1402074 Feb 28 Mardi Gras 2014 StartsThe Plantation’s Mardis Gras starts this Friday, Feb 28th. Barb & I are not too much in the party mood so we’re only participating in the opening dinner Friday. This meal is when the King and Queen are selected and after they are sworn in, 1402086 Feb 28 Queen Iola Orma Ames King Aramus Spencer Wisnerthe party begins. We also went to Fat Tuesday’s dinner, the grand finale. Barb was in a skit on Friday and I was in a skit on Tuesday.

1403003 Mar 01 Mary Barb Setting Up FoodGoing with Dick & Mary to the Pensacola parade on Saturday is becoming a tradition. On Friday, we were busy cooking up some finger foods – wings and a shrimp dip, beer and wine for the ‘tail gate party’ as we wait for the parade to start. We had a little mix 1403008 Mar 01 The Bootup at the ‘regular’ parking spot so made do across the street but still had fun. The difference is that before, we could have our tail gate party and do some people watching all the while we snacked. It is more social being right next to the trucks and our lawn chairs that we set up next to the parade barriers. We still had fun, 1403014 Mar 01 Two Little Ones Sharing Beadswatched a good parade that seems to get bigger each year – over 2 hours long this year! As the parade progresses, people behind us press forward so they can get their share of beads and trinkets thrown from the floats. We usually give the stuff we catch to any kids around us. Here are a couple that were too cute, they kept sharing beads with each other while we kept hanging more beads on their necks. It was a long day, we stopped at Five Guys for a great burger on the way home.

Sunday was a quiet day until we went to the ice cream social (happy now John). The King and Queen are escorted in and to their thrones, ice cream is served and then the skits and stories begin again. Lots of laughs 1403016 Mar 03 King Spencer And Queen Orma Go Byand good times shared. Monday was the Plantation’s Mardis Gras parade and it was a go no matter the weather – it was threatening rain. Many parade floats were not decorated because of the weather threat and the parade was down sized some but still went off as planned.

Fat Tuesday is our Mardis Gras grand finale here at the Plantation. Dinner, skits and the de-throning of the King and Queen – which sometimes is more dramatic than the swearing in ceremony!. After the festivities have subsided and the dust is settling, the theme for next years event is introduced.

Well, that is a slice of our life down here in paradise. Some times we pinch our selves because we can not believe that we have such a great winter perch! Until next time…..

1402043 Feb 17 A Finished Crochetted Carnation

Eat, Drink and Hav’n Fun–Ya’ll

1402009 Feb 05 Dinner With Bill Ann Ross Pat At Fish River GrillYou will notice from the pictures and the following stories, we do a lot of eating here in our piece of paradise. It doesn’t take much to gather a bunch to go for1402012 Feb 10 Row Robin Rows Quilted a lunch at one of our many favourite eateries. This particular day was started by someone saying hey, I haven’t had a feast of cat fish lately and off we go to the Fish River Grill II in Foley. This excursion may have only been between 2 couples and the next thing you know, we have a bunch!

I have been busy getting some of the small ‘honey do’ items completed while Barb is continuing to work on some of her quilt work in progress or as a 1402024 Feb 14 Putting Together HHW Quilt Topquilter calls them UFOs – Unfinished Object. This one is from her row robin of the summer of 2012 and she has finally decided on which way the rows look their best. She has another one that she is really getting excited to complete that she worked with others from an on-line quilt group at Fandom In Stitches. If you can’t make out the squares, they are from Lord of the Rings.

1402016 Feb 11 Ann Joyce Mary At The Cutting Table

1402020 Feb 11 Our TablePat & Ross, our friends from Lindsey, Ont. are heading on 1402027 Feb 15 Enjoying A Fun Afternoon Outsidedown the road to meet up with other friends and so we all agreed to have another lunch at Felix’s Fish Camp, an up scale restaurant on the causeway to Mobile. The excellent service and excellent food bring us back there often. This trip was no exception, excellent service and food combined with good company create a recipe for fun. The day before they were to depart, we all gathered at their trailer for happy hour and to make sure they were leaving! It was also an attempt to lighten their load by drinking most of their beverages.

1402031 Feb 16 Dick Supervises The WorkThe quilt ladies bought some new cabinets for all 1402033 Feb 16 Door Gets Installed On First Cupboardtheir supplies and needed help to assemble them. I gathered a couple of other guys – Bill, Larry with supervision by Dick and we had them together and standing in short order. Unfortunately, they did not come equipped with a locking device. I’m sure you can imagine the following conversations that evolved, including a big heavy chain with a very attractive padlock. The predicament was to find a device that is both functional and looks good. You know if it was a ‘men’s’ cabinet, it would have the chain look! Anyway, all is good and secure now.

1402037 Feb 17 Lunch At Big Daddys With Linda PhilPhil & Linda, our new friends from Truro, NS came up to view our digs. After the 20 cent tour, we went to Big Daddy`s, one of favourite spots for lunch. It was a beautiful afternoon, sitting on the deck over looking the Fish River, swilling a jug of draft and filling ourselves with Big Daddy`s excellent fare. Just as we were finishing up, our Plantation buds strolled in for lunch too. This is too good, all this fun and no snow to shovel!



1402051 Feb 19 Some Of The Finished Heart To Heart FlowersBarb is becoming a professional instructor these 1402013 Feb 10 Row Robin Back Quilting Is Neatdays. She taught a fabric flower class last year and was asked to do it again. She had 8 gals huddled in a corner of the clubhouse, trying to learn while the park musicians were there for a jam session. Later in the month, Barb also taught a free motion quilting session. She showed a couple of learning videos and coached 15 gals while 10 others looked on. I`m sure you appreciate the effort Barb would put in to these classes – hand outs, samples and quilt sandwiches for the girls to practice on for the free motion class. Barb doesn't run a fly by night operation!

Bill & Ann’s friends, Cheryl & Tom, from Finger Lakes area of New York, have been here for a month or so and are heading on down the road to Florida for hope1402064 Feb 22 Marcia Ordering Her Lunchfully warmer temps. As a gesture of celebration for their departure, we did something special – went to lunch! Everyone felt like Mexican this time so off to one of our other favourite eateries in Fairhope. Again, the food did not disappoint and the service was fast. I had a little problem ordering but it was probably my authentic Mexican speak that threw off the waiter.

On the way over, we could smell burning rubber and quickly my alternator output went to 0. We were not far from the campground so we turned around and used other vehicles to get all 8 of us to the trough. When we got back, I started the truck again and the voltage reading was back to normal and no smell and all the pulleys were turning as expected. Hummm….. kind of concerning and uneasy about taking the big black beast out for any road trips. I took it into Foley for a look see and they determined that our A/C compressor bearings were clanging around and it probably seized, impeding the serpentine belt from turning the alternator. So much for saving some cash this winter to give us a jump start on the hobby house in the spring.

Well, it is nearing Mardi Gras here and more eating and drinking will be in the cards no doubt. We hope all is good where you are and come back again…..

1402066 Feb 24 My No Pillow Fronts Completed

A Good-bye in Jasper, Ga

1402007 Feb 04 In Memory of JimIt’s a sad time again for us, we’re driving up to Jasper GA 1402003 Feb 03 The Entire Roomto celebrate Jim Decker’s life after his passing to a better place than his recent stay here as Jim fought through pain and suffering these past months. Lydia kindly sourced a cute stay for us at the Woodbridge Inn. The view from the balcony overlooked the Blue Ridge mountains.

Our drive up and through Atlanta was uneventful and we arrived early enough to check in and freshen up before we headed over to Lydia’s. We arrived to warm hugs and a reunion with their kids – we have met most of them from our American Thanksgiving dinners with Jim & Lydia. Soon, food and refreshments were consumed and the celebration and story telling began.1402005 Feb 03 Barb On The Balcony

Jim’s service was held at the church that they attended – back in a wooded area. The church was constructed with timber and glass, bringing the outdoors in. It was a beautiful worship centre to hold services for a man that enjoyed nature and his friends and family.

The passing of 2 very dear friends has left an enormous hole in our hearts.