Monday, November 02, 2009

on holiday. ahhhhhhhhh.......

Here we are, the gobsmacked goddesses launching our week of fun and hilarity. I believe I mentioned earlier that our activities would include drinking, eating, retail therapy, and hanging out, among other odds and ends. The evidence can be found here.
But first, some of the highlights. Well, it's all highlight, frankly! On a goregous, clear fall day Clare and I flew south to Tampa where we were met by Jules at the airport, along with a mystery greeter, Gail (who lives in Vermont, but is in FL visiting family). That was such fun! From the airport we meandered further south to Anna Maria Island to Janet's lovely home on the beach. We arrived just as the sun was setting, so we headed quickly to the balcony to soak up the view and enjoy a beautiful evening. Janet prepared a feast of Thanksgiving proportions, with a roast chicken and all the fixings.

This morning we set off to St. Armand's Circle in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. We browsed through a few shops before settling in at the fabulous Columbia Restaurant, where we enjoyed a refreshing pitcher of Sangria and delicious food. See above photos! We continued on with some shopping, among which was a spice shop that coaxed us in with the aroma of an amazing collection of spices, salts, and other assorted yummies. Thank goodness I can continue the love affair with this store with online shopping!

And on and on. In the end we had a healthy collection of bags to show for our shopping efforts!
Another wonderful dinner back at the ranch, another sunset, and the pleasure of each other's company is rounding out the day.

Tomorrow we head to Orlando and then three days of Disney, my first visit to a Disney establishment since 1969! The fun will continue, and my spirits are wonderfully buoyed by the joy and love of these friendships. I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to blog next, but as with these past two days, there is so much more enjoyment than can be conveyed in this space. Stay tuned nonetheless!

3 comments:

Jan said...

Looks like lots of fun. So glad.

Jayne said...

I do believe this trip was just what the doctor ordered! :c)

Pam in Moncton said...

Sounds great so far! Enjoy!
Pam

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