Saturday, March 26, 2016

HISTORICAL REENACTORS

Last weekend, Fort King George held a historic reenactment day. My guy and I really enjoy going to these and talking to the reenactors. We had a lot of people there including women in colonial dress, men in colonial dress, men in English soldier dress, men in Spanish soldier dress, men in kilts, one monk, and one native American as he would have dressed in Colonial times.

Franciscan Monk:


American Indian starting fire with a bow starter:


American Indian with a blow gun:


Women dressed in colonial garb talking to onlookers:


Scotsmen:


English soldiers:


Woman demonstrating how apron can be used to carry items, including infants:



Man sitting on bed:


All in all, an instructive and entertaining day!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

WALK ON THE BEACH

We went over to the beach to walk yesterday morning. There weren't a lot of people but there were some pretty shells like these:



And evidently a swarm of jelly fish had been caught by the tide because there were a lot of dead ones on the sand. We had to watch where we stepped. Here's one:



And of course, there was a car carrier in the distance. The tiny specks at the bottom are people walking on the beach at the edge of the water:



Our beach has changed considerably since we started coming here fifteen years ago.  Then, the ocean was about ten foot from the end of the boardwalk and low tide meant just a short walk to the water. No more. Now there's a little trek to get to the water even at high tide.

There was also a long sandbar out in the water that was visible at low tide. As the years passed, the terrain changed. The sandbar lengthened. The currents between the sandbar and the beach turned into a river. Then the river narrowed. Now the sandbar is gone and all that remains of the currents are a couple of tidal pools. Sand has filled in the rest. This is a pool as we come off the boardwalk. The ocean is at the bottom of the sky beginning from the left. You can barely see it on the horizon, and it ends at the dark line beginning abour two-thirds across which is where the King and Prince hotel curves out toward the water:



And this tidal pool is further up the beach. The water once ran through it and down to the first pool above. You can't see the ocean at all in this picture because it's to the photographer's left:



As a result of the sands shifting, the houses that once sat close (in some cases, too close) to the water, find themselves a fair distance from the ocean. Dunes have taken over what was once a river and then a tidal pool. Now only a shallow trench lets high-tide water into the pools that are left. I took this photo standing on the beach and you can see how far the dunes extend:



Nature certainly brings a lot of changes!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

LAGONDA CLASSIC CAR

Going into the grocery store, we spied this classic car sitting in front. We and several others took pix and guessed what it was. A Jaguar? An Aston Martin? No one knew.



As I went inside, an elderly man came out and headed for it so of course, I turned around and followed him. He spoke with a British accent and told us the car had belonged to his father. Tags on it suggested he had brought it over from England which explained the steering wheel being on the right side (wrong side for us Americans!).



According to him, the car is a 1950 Lagonda. Lagonda was a sports car manufacturer in the UK bought by Aston Martin. This model has an engine made by Bentley. As he left the parking lot, it put-putted away!



A beautiful car!







Saturday, March 5, 2016

SPRING HAS SPRUNG?

The island is blooming like crazy! It makes it look like spring is here and it isn't even Easter! In the northern part of the state, it's still snowing. I almost feel guilty to be enjoying this weather!

Some photos of azaleas, a rose, and lemon buds on our tiny Meyers Lemon tree.







This last photo is of a wood stork that found its way to the lagoon that flows past our subdivision. I hope he's a sign of spring like the flowers. Although it could be he's been delivering a baby nearby!