by toogie 28 Feb 2018

I'm back!-lol- Hello Cuties, I actually came back Saturday afternoon. I had a good time on my trip, but an unhappy homecoming. The first thing hubby said to me was someone just backed into my car!

We did so much, I can't begin to say what and where. I can tell all of you including Kathy aka kathymourie I waded into the Atlantic Ocean. My niece kept telling me to back up to where I had my jeans rolled up. You can tell I'm not use to the beach because I'm sure you can guess what happened. (see below photo) Rode back an hour to hotel soaked from bottom down! It's a wonder I didn't get sick again as water was ice cold. I can tell you the Florida sunshine and blue skies did me worlds of good. 2nd photo is Pearlie with me. Remember she is the one I met on the Maine trip and went to help her with her 10 needle machine?
Love this photo #3. It was taken at a restaurant on the water in Alabama. You already saw the photos from the cruise along St John's River in Jacksonville,Florida which I enjoyed. Anything on the water I enjoy-lol We had a step on guide that took us all around Jacksonville and another day out to Kingsley Plantation (#4 back of home), #5 view from front of home. How would you like to have this in your front yard?
We ate at Fernadina Beach Marina on Amelia Island and shopped. The seagulls and pelican were flying by as we ate on the outdoor tables. Some ate inside but we enjoyed the sunshine and coolness outdoors.
I can't say enough about the beautiful architectural buildings at St Augustine. The churches, college, hotel, museum were all breathtakingly, beautifully constructed. I was however, disappointed in the Fountain of Youth. I was more impressed with the beautiful oak trees on the streets before you entered.Here I am getting a sip from 'the fountain'.
Flagler College covered a whole city block, I do believe. I took so many photos, but could not get it all in one frame. I will show you one I took, then a postcard I bought, just so you can see the enormity of it.
I have to go but I hope you enjoy my photos-Toogie


by Kampfzwerg 01 Mar 2018

When I look at your pictures, I can smell Florida. Hmmmmm...

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

...and doesn't it smell good!

by dee 01 Mar 2018

Thanks for the pictures. I like seeing every ones trips.

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

Glad you like them dee. Glad to also hear your daughter is improving, too. Happy 'late' birthday.

by gerryvb 01 Mar 2018

lovely pictures, great you had this wonderful trip. Sorry about the car ....

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

Every once in a while I need to 'escape' but this trip really left me zonked when I got home. Thank goodness I now have recovered. Glad you like the photos.

by sewdeb 01 Mar 2018

Great pictures! Almost as good as being along for the ride with you! Sorry to hear about your car - what a terrible "welcome home".

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

I know, it sure spoiled my 'happy to be home' mood. I have babied this car, as I kept my old one to run around here in. My daughter joked and said, when I die they are gonna list it 'owned by little old lady, just drove to church on Sundays' and she said they won't be lying.

by airyfairy 01 Mar 2018

What a fantastic trip, wet jeans and all. Thank you for sharing with us.

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

Now that's the spirit!

by jrob Moderator 01 Mar 2018

What a wonderful trip you've had. Isn't St. Augustine just the most colorful and inviting looking. It's one of my favorites to visit. I'm sure that you were told that it was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city of European occupied in the U.S. I know that 1565 isn't old to our European sisters, but it's ancient to us. :)
Did you get to go to the Castillo de San Marcos. Lots of history there, too.
I anticipated the result when I read, "I waded into the ocean." My favorite "ocean" memories are of my children on their first trip to the beach and their faces when the sand is pulled out from under their feet when the tide goes out. I can see your shocked face. At least it's a soft fall.
Thanks for sharing with us. Get caught up and get your car repaired. Hugs!

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

Yes, our guides were very informative about the history of St Augustine. We did visit the fort where the bottom of the walls were 14 feet thick and the tops tapered to a mere 9 feet-lol
I didn't fall in the water, thank goodness, just got hit by a huge wave. Nevertheless, my jeans took 2 days to dry out and I was the first off the bus to run to my shower!
I wish I could get my car fixed. Still waiting on the report....

by kathymourie 01 Mar 2018

Beautiful!!! I am so glad you had a good time. When I was a young child my parents took us to St Augustine. It was beautiful. We had so much fun. My Dad was the best when we traveled. I am sorry about your car.

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

I took an elderly lady with me on the trolley. She wasn't able to walk far and it would have meant a lot of walking to shops and such. When I told her I would check if our time was good so we could do it, she was thrilled. We had an hour and a half tour of the city sights, with a guide to narrate. She thanked me for helping her on and off saying she really enjoyed doing this. Otherwise, she would have had to spend the time at the welcome center/gift shop.
I'm glad you had such good childhood memories. My husband is not a good traveler, so if I want to go long distances, this is my way to go.
I'm sorry about my car too. It's only been a week, but I sure miss it. We had to go to the hospital for Gus's surgery in the truck. It's okay, but I rather the car. I have my old car to run around here, but hubby doesn't like to go far in it. We should get the police report soon and maybe get the ball rolling.

by pennifold 01 Mar 2018

What gorgeous pictures Toogie. I love the last picture of St. Augustine. Actually they are all lovely.
I hope you can get your car fixed sooner rather than later. It's always a nightmare dealing with insurance agencies. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

I dread it but we should get the police report this week and can start with insurance company, body shop then.
Glad you like the pics.

by sandralane 28 Feb 2018

Toogie, thanks for sharing your latest trip with us all, looks as though you had a terrific time. So glad you are back home safe and sound. Bad luck about the car, hope it is not too costly to fix.

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toogie by toogie 04 Mar 2018

I just hope his insurance pays it all and I don't have to use mine. Also, its a good thing we kept my older car, as we can't drive the one that got hit. My front tire rubs and we just bought new tires.
Glad you like the photos, we did have a great time

by crafter2243 Moderator 28 Feb 2018

Looks like you had a wonderful time.

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toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

I do try!-lol-thanks Angie

by lbrow 28 Feb 2018

Glad you had such a grand time Toogie. I loved St Augustine when I was there.

toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

It is a beautiful city. My friend Martha said that was one trip her husband said he wouldn't mind taking again. They had gone several years ago and really enjoyed it.
You need to come with us on one of these trips, when we are going through your way again. I don't know when that will be.
My niece is organizing a trip to Missouri Star Quilt company and on to Branson but I won't be able to make that one. It will be in October and that is our 50th. It was the only opening for the year 2018 for Jennie Doan, MSQC!

pennifold by pennifold 01 Mar 2018

Jenny's shop is on my bucket list Toogie!!!! I use a lot of her patterns, actually I've got something on the cutting table right at this moment!!!! But, it's 9.40pm Thursday evening, so I will post it tomorrow. Love Chris

sewdeb by sewdeb 01 Mar 2018

We had Jenny at one of our quilt guild meetings -what a delightful person!

by shirley124 28 Feb 2018

Beautiful photos. Sorry to hear about your car though. Nice to know you enjoyed your trip and the paddle in the ocean. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

I did enjoy it. It is so good to be with that many, mostly women. I do so enjoy meeting people. My car will be fixed but when is another matter. I have to wait 10 days just for the police report to contact his insurance.

by liliana1 28 Feb 2018

Glad to hear you had a great time, sorry to hear about the car.

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toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

Oh I know, I just hate not being able to use it and having to deal with insurance,too.

by dragonflyer 28 Feb 2018

Sounds like a wonderful adventure and good time was had by all!

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toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

It was such a good group of people, some old acquaintances, some new. I met this lady, on the bus, that reminded me so much of how my mom looked. After a few days I told her, too. She just gave me a huge hug. When we got home I put a photo I took of her, with one of my mom. I sent it to her by text and she said she could see why I thought so. She said she was happy to have met me and I said I was glad I met her, too.

by kustomkuddle 28 Feb 2018

Beautiful pictures Toogie. So glad you had a wonderful time and made it home safely. Love seeing your pictures.

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toogie by toogie 28 Feb 2018

I didn't know which ones to show, but I'm happy you enjoyed these.