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Monday, March 29, 2010


I am a self proclaimed cheese connoisseur.
I love the stuff.
I like to make visits to the Sweet Home Cheese Farm, where I can greet the free range cows that are making my delicious cheeses. It's a home mom and pop family business that has been in existance for years, churning out cheese and butter to the public in Elberta Alabama. And be ready to wait in line. The word is finally out on the streets, this cheese is delicious.

Sweet Home Cheese Farm

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Clowning Around

Laura Lunsford took this picture of me and a clown. I was helping with the City of Helena Easter Egg Hunt.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Jellyfish Clouds

I awoke one morning while at the beach and went out onto the balcony to greet the day and was amazed at the cloud formations. Dont they look like jellyfish over the water? I haven't ever seen anything like these formations. Just when you think you've seen it all.......

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"OLD" Friends

We all went to school together, grades 7th-12th. Janet, Joel, me and Aimee. We were together to help Joel celebrate his 40th birthday. Of the four of us, he is the first one to hit the big 4-0. He makes it look good. Happy Birthday Joel! Great to see you and celebrate the big day!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pirates Cove. A Place for Local Riff Raff

Pirates Cove is one of those places that is legend.
Though little known, unless you are a sailor or a local (known as "riff raff"). Or a bit of both.
Pirates Cove was once literally that, a place where Pirates would come and hide their big pirate ships in the inlets, away from site.
Today Pirates still habitat the place, though today they are far less intimidating.
Ok, Sometimes. (I did once meet up with a python there: see)
Fights break out occassionally.
Be it drunks or dogs. They are promptly run off to cool off before allowed to come back.
Pirates Cove is rumored to be the place where Jimmy Buffett sat and wrote the infamous Cheeseburger in Paradise.My mother will testify to the burgers.
I can attest to the bands. They are always good. And the company-even better.

(Any photos with signs, you MUST click to enlarge so that you can read the wording. LOL!!!!!)

Some"one" gives my parents the "up and down".

My dad tries to ignore the sad face behind him.

My mom gave in. Now she has 2 dogs friends.

I count five dogs on deck in this pictures:

Please click to read the dry erase board sign.

They aren't kidding. Dogs rule at Pirates Cove.

Despite the rowdy crowd, it is a slice of Paradise.
A secret paradise.
A Pirates paradise.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Driftwood Beach

Hi. My name is Leigh
I am a rock collector.
Shell collector.
Stick collector (my son comes by his obsession honest).

I am not alone. My mother also enjoys these past times. One of our favorite places to go for "stick collecting" is Fort Morgan Beach, where we collect driftwood. I am delighted at a beach filled with the most beautiful wave and water tossed strewn wood. I wanted to take home so much. But had to leave the bigger, most beautiful pieces behind. It was that or leave the kids. Hmm?
Here are some shots I took along the beach as we strolled in search for the perfect pieces of driftwood.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fairhope Arts & Crafts Show

I attended the Fairhope Arts and Crafts Show....and met up with 2 very precious bloggers, who I am lucky enough to call friends: Jennifer (Dust Bunny Hostage) and Kristin (The Goat). These are some of the scenes from the artshow...

The dogs of Fairhope. It's a given, dogs in this city are always welcomed. At shops and stores, outside you will see waterbowls for thirsty four legged shoppers, the firehydrants are dog friendly-painted and planted with fresh cut flowers....and many dogs in Fairhope like to dress up for their day out on the town, for example, these dogs.....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Fort Morgan, with your Tour Guide, Jack

Jack is my resident history buff (he also has an great affinity for math-Blah). He constantly tells me things I never knew about history. He reads constantly, checking out "adult" history books on topics ranging from battles/wars, ancient history (his personal fav), world wonders, geography, and countries. He is obsessed with it. These aren't all pictures books, mind you, these are thick books on wars, etc. He loves it!
It was a no brainer to take him to Fort Morgan on our visit to the beach. Though he had been three years earlier, it was now a whole new world. We had to force him to leave. He was like a kid in a candy store. He would run from place to place, reading his brouchure on the Fort. He would elaborate on history using his own knowledge where the brochure lacked. I learned alot from him. I often do. My little wiz kid. He constantly amazes me.


While on my beach vacay, I made certain-as I always do, to make a trip to the Gulf St Park for some hiking and bird watching. These are some of my bird photos I took while there and about in the area.

Brown Pelican

Osprey (Fish Hawk) If you look closely, you can see his catch. A fish tail under his breat, the fish is in his talons.

Red Bellied Woodpecker

More Brown Pelicans. I just love these birds. You cannot help but smile seeing them. It appears they are smiling too. They are like cartoons, comical.....

Two types of Herons,(Great Egret and  the other? ) fishing the same pond.


Now this little bird was one of those moments in life that you will never forget. It literally followed us down a hking trail, walking the trail, eating bugs like mad along the way. When I bent down to photograph it, it literally flew and landed in front of me, as if to say, "Please take my picture!". It was amazing!
I have looked and looked and am trying to ID this bird.

UPDATE!!!! Keetha has ID'd the bird. It is a Hooded Warbler> Keetha, thank you so very much. I spent the better part of Thursday trying to figure it out. I actually saw the Hooded warbler, but the photo I saw was a female, who has no visible "hood". Thank you Keetha for solving the mystery of the bird. Just like a school teacher. I adore you!