Thursday, April 17, 2014

Azalea belles

Each Spring, our town has the honor of hosting the North Carolina Azalea Festival, which includes the Cape Fear Garden Tour. One tradition of the festival is the belles. The belles are a group of young ladies (mostly high school seniors) all dressed up like southern belles. Think Gone With the Wind. I participated when I was a senior, and now Emily has been able to enjoy it as well. 
The hoop skirts are so much fun to wear, though not practical at all, as you might imagine. However, the delightful task of being a princess for a weekend makes up for it.





 There are few dads and daughters who can coordinate so well and look so great together.



















If the girls hadn't been so busy with their events, I might have kept them all day taking pictures. 


Southern belle



 It's hard to not take a great picture when you combine beautiful subjects with beautiful flowers.






























 The anatomy of a hoop skirt. 



Friday, March 28, 2014

just a touch of spring

Pear blossoms in the evening sun. Spring is finally starting to come!







Sunday, March 23, 2014

snapshots

Snapshots of our relaxing time in Florida.











Monday, March 17, 2014

Conquistadors and Pirates

Last month while there was an ice storm in our home town we headed south to sunny and warm Florida where we visited my grandparents and had the privilege to go on Landmark Event's tour in St. Augustine. Mr. Turley did a wonderful job planning a tour exploring pirates, the fountain of youth, conquistadors, early settlers, and more. Mr. Bill Potter and Colonel Eidsmoe were our wonderful and informative tour guides.  I've gone on numerous tours with Mr. Potter and he never ceases to amaze me with his wealth of knowledge. 









The legendary Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine. I have a couple things to say about it. 
First, it tastes horrible. 
Second, I was very disappointed to hear the the spring from this well actually provides the drinking water for most of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Deer Park and Dasani water also bottle water from this spring. So most likely you have drunk water from the fountain of youth and not even known it. Not as special and exclusive as I first thought it was. 





 Mr. Potter at Fort Caroline. 



On our last morning we visited the Pirate Museum, the only one of its kind in the world we were told.  It contained a lot of historical artifacts from pirates. Pictured above is Captain Kidd's family bible. Apparently, he did a lot of reading from it during his last days, though no sources report that he became a Christian.