Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Three decades ago, Blowfish and I walked this "aisle" to the glass church in the woods where we  were married  on the second Tuesday in May at 6pm.  The chapel is on Siesta Key, a barrier island  on a spit of land between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.  A lovely place to make a vow of a lifetime. The location is replete with symbols of timelessness:
big skies, big ocean, endless tides, endless sunshine.
No one who marries here could fail to understand the  size of the commitment. Huge. It is probably a very good thing that word
begins with a hug.

In recognition of this event,  Blowfish and I are going forth to have some fun  on another island.

There is much to look forward to. Because it is also Mother's Day weekend and the beginning of the season for this location, there is a lot going on. There is an art festival, a music festival and taste of the islands event with participating restaurants. There are wine tastings  in interesting locations.

I sailed on one of these last Summer is Charleston Harbor so I thought taking Blowfish out
for an authentic Pirates activity ( drinking, eating, wenching) ) would, er ..... float his boat.

He on the other hand is looking forward to this:

To be fair this is not just a big pile of sand.
it is the largest sand dune in the USA
I thought it was interesting 
I read the warnings 

Now I am trying to divert his interests here:

The Wright Brothers Museum
Nearby, he actually can book a ride on a bi-plane.
(I will take pictures and wave)

He will be less interested in visiting these
Elizabethan Gardens
but he will
for me
with a good spirit
and a kind heart

His reward will be

home to the award winning 1587 Restaurant
about which 
Frommer's said this:
"...offers the best, creative cuisine along the Outer Banks"

these are the official greeters at our accommodations

Where we will be staying in the Secret Garden Bungalow
which we will enjoy
more than we planned
if the weather
looks like this

this looks familiar
maybe walking the plank
for a different


Doom said...

Ah! Congratulations.

You tell such wonderful tales, even if true. The idyllic and fanciful coupled to the real and solid, like a landscape painting that takes in the big picture without forgetting the lives of us humble little manthings, flora and fauna, and important details. You didn't even need a thousand words.

I hope you enjoy. The land, the sea cottage, those you meet, your meals, but most of all each other.

I am jealous in more ways than I express, but in the finest of ways. Such a beautiful thing, hard as it may be. No need to advise you to treasure it though, that is obviously and splendidly tended as shown through your words.

Island Rider said...

Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful trip. Do the dogs come with the bungalow?

Aunty Belle said...

Congratulations Fishy and Blowfish!

Jenny said...

Congrats to you and Blowfish! 30 years is something to be proud of. Have a lovely weekend!

Pam said...

Congrats Fishy & Blowy! What a beautiful location for matrimony! :) Hope all is well with you. Sorry for not getting over here much these days, but ... well, I have no excuse. Just life and all that comes with it.