I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Over the River

If I didn't have such a great time, I would say my road trip was a complete bust. But, the Florida scenery and having Momma P with me made my trip very much enjoyable regardless of the fact that I didn't get what I went after.

We crossed the Oklawaha, and then the St. Johns (twice!) before finding the location of my idea of Xanadu. A magnificent shell shop stock full of everything from air plants to sea fans! Unfortunately, they were closed....and it wasn't mentioned on the home page of their website that they are ON VACATION this week. You have to dig through the pages of their website to discover this tidbit of info.

We did have a great day, saw several places we'd like to visit again, and had a superb lunch at Aunt Catfish's Fish Camp. A quaint little eatery in an upscale little plaza, with great food. I had catfish of course, one of my faves, and some alligator. The gator would have been better had it been tail meat, and yes there is a difference. My uncle made the best deep fried gator tail there ever was! Some cooked greens of some kind would have completed my meal, but two kinds of coleslaw sufficed.

I did find their light fixtures to be interesting enough to snap a few pics.
Pretty cool, huh?
Old milk bottles suspended in a framework with chandelier type lights in the center. Nifty, man!

I would have loved to get more/better pics of the art on the walls, but people were starting to stare I swear. (What? Haven't you ever seen a blogger in action before???)
Some old Florida photographs blown up and framed were on the walls. I didn't get pics of every one of them. It was really cool, though.

Since I can't take pics and drive at the same time, this is all I got. I know, so sorry. I do plan on having hubby drive us over that way one day, and I will be the passenger!

If I can't find my supplies this weekend, I won't be participating in the Great Glitzy Hack Off :(
So, tomorrow I am heading to Daytona to search the shops....and while over that way, there is a derby bout between the Sintral Florida Derby Demons and the Ocala Cannibals. I'm so excited for the bout!!!
Go Cannibals!!!!


Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Oh I do hope you find some supplies this weekend! Love that gorgeous lamp....no to only find a frame and some bottles! What kind of derby?

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Best of luck on the derby!! I liked all the old photos - that is so my kind of thing. And I have never had fried alligator, but I would try it if given the chance.

AntKaybe said...

It's so nice to see a momma so supportive of her child's (ahem) athletic endeavors XD

The shell shop here in E-wood is the same way. They never keep regular hours and go on vacation every other month. I never can get there when the sign is flipped to OPEN.

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Oh, Della, I know your feelings: it is not easy to tale photo's when people are around you... But you did get a lovely shots, that milk bottle chandelier is so clever and I'd like to have one in my kitchen! :)

Cheryl said...

Sorry about your busted shopping trip...maybe later you'll find out why that was meant to be. Meanwhile, love that paper fig shell on your prior post. So intriguing! I've never seen one.

Sheryl Hastings said...

Good luck at the derby! Great photos and I do love that light. I would have taken some pics too.

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