We left Ortega Landing at the appointed hour on Friday morning, despite the weather forecast, thinking that if it proved correct, we could cut the journey short, but although we could see the thunderstorms in the distance, they kept away and we managed 40 miles to Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island.
We’d actually enjoyed the stay at Ortega Landing, and were rather sorry to go, after all.
We were relieved to see that the FEC Railroad Bridge was indeed lifted, as promised.
We had to cross Nassau Sound before heading up the Amelia River. We saw lots of wild life – several pods of dolphins, a flock of ibis, and best of all, a beautiful roseate spoonbill in flight, but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera.
Amelia Island has a long history and the old streets of Fernandina Beach are interesting and pleasant. We had time for a short stroll and indulged ourselves with cocktails.
Ian is feeling rather pleased with himself today. When we arrived at the dock yesterday, he was congratulated enthusiastically on his deft handling of the boat in fairly windy conditions, by the two marina staff who were waiting to help us tie up. Thank you Melvyn, if you’re reading this!
Then this morning, as I was peering into a shop window, I heard a woman of a certain age exclaiming about the cuteness of his socks (subtle, grey and beige striped Marks & Spencer jobs), and had to adopt a proprietary air before moving the conversation to safer topics.
The real purpose of this morning’s trip to the shops was for Ian to visit the Amelia Island Paint and Hardware, Inc., such places having a magnetic pull as well as that smell, common to hardware shops everywhere.
I fancied a trip to the Pecan Roll Bakery too, just a couple of blocks away, and managed to spend $16 on a multi-grained loaf, a pecan roll (a bit like a danish pastry rolled up, but nicer), an oatmeal and date slice, and two corn-bread type cakes with cheese and egg and bacon inside them, to have for lunch with salad.
It started to rain while we were in the town, and we decided change our plan, which had been to leave this afternoon for St Mary’s, Georgia. Although there have been spells of semi-brightness when it felt as though we might have been wimping out, the wind became quite strong and the rain is now very heavy, so it was the right call.
And Ian has put the ice-making machine on, so tonight it will be cocktails on Carina.
We’re surprised we haven’t seen Ian at Smails Morpeth. Tom and I are in USA at the moment too. San Francisco then on to Yosemite before flying to New York for a cruise to New England.
Catch up at Wideopen one of these fine days?
Val and Tomx
Hi Val! Ian thinks Smails is a splendid shop. Your trip sounds fabulous – would love to see New England in the Fall! Yes, see you at Wideopen in November x
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Love the bridges!
That bakery sounds awesome!!!
It was! Feeling a bit fat now!
I enjoyed the pictures of Fernandina Beach. Some day Jo and I will have to make the trip to Jacksonville, St. Mary’s and finally Savannah.
Fernandina Beach was really pretty Fred. Just arrived at St Mary’s, so looking forward to another nice meal out tonight 🙂
Great to see you under way but also enjoying some luxury. Thanks for the maps Ian, they really help and show up the very interesting coastline.
Jane, Ian is looking very spiffy as the Capt. in the picture and I loved the pic of you on the bicycle. You looked so cute. It took me back to when I used to ride them often. I may have to try again soon. You’re both giving Fred and I the travel bug and we may have to launch out soon. The scenery is so beautiful there. Have a good evening. x p.s. that pecan bakery sounded scrumptious!
Hi. Loving your news. Good book group-did you read -where do the memories go? Painful to read, but very good. Would you like to go to the Messiah at the Sage on Sunday 14th Dec ? S
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