Friday, April 14, 2006

Memorial Bench at Brookgreen Gardens

We purchased a memorial bench for Lisa's mother and Joy Bisby, their good friend. It is at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Photos.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Florida Vacation

On Tuesday, April 4th., we drove to Daytona Beach on the first leg of our Florida vacation. Whilst there we visited the Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens and decided that we have to build our own human sundial. We then drove on to Palm Beach which was our final destination. The weather was pretty good so we did some sunbathing and swimming every afternoon. Steve swam in the ocean but at 78 degrees F it was a little too cool for Lisa. We enjoyed a visit to the Lion Country Safari and also went for a cruise down the intracoastal on the Palm Beach water taxi.

At ER Bradley's Saloon we thought we had found a really good Happy Hour - with the purchase of two drinks you got a free buffet. Great until we got the bill for the most expensive beers we have ever had. Still, it was a great place to sit and watch the world go by and they did have a pretty garden too. For dessert we had really, really, good ice cream at Sloan's on Clematis Street. We also tried out the Trolley bus service.

We enjoyed a morning exploring Worth Avenue with all its interesting shops, alleys and courtyards. Lisa found some Sheffield Silver and got some good ideas for landscaping containers. Lunch was a complete change of pace - a brew pub aptly named "Brewzzi".

Of course no trip would be complete without Chinese food and this time we found a nice place called Singing Bamboo - a bit of a drive but well worth it. Our favorite part of West Palm Beach was City Place however. We had a great dinner at Il Bellagio and did a little shopping. We found another fantastic ice cream place at City Place - kind of a whipped up foamy gelato with really intense flavours.

On our last day, we went to the West Palm Beach Green Market (farmer's market) which was a big affair. In addition to the usual stuff, there were a lot of plants and flowers. Lisa bought a Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) which we then had to nurse all the way home in our cooler. It is now happily transplanted and lives in our screen porch. We are not quite sure where it will go for the winter!