Wednesday, June 29, 2011

MY SUMMER VACATION PART TWO




TO THE BEACH






HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY





HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA

In my previous post I celebrated my grandson Connor's birthday while on vacation in Florida. In my post today I'm celebrating the fourth of July with photographs of the towns along the Florida coast. I love the old Florida you find in this area of the gulf coast.  There are wonderful shops celebrating the holiday with tablescapes in red, white and blue. Hope you enjoy some of my favorite hangouts while I'm at the beach.




GIFT SHOP GARDENS










































PREPARING FOR THE FOURTH WITH PLATES AND NAPKINS
WITH STARS AND STRIPES







KITTY HELPS AT CHECK-OUT
HIS LOOKS SAYS NO I WILL NOT TAKE LESS




THE GNARLY OAKS









A FAVORITE PLACE FOR DINNER 
LIVE MUSIC AND A GLASS OF WINE










Hope your Fourth of July is filled with love, family, friends and a wonderful celebration. 

49 comments:

  1. Hi Emily, those gardens are so lush! Look at the size of the hydrangea heads! I always fall for garden ornaments and those bunnies on the fence posts are adorable. I like the idea of the little clay pots for a border, too! Linda

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  2. Beautiful pictures, Emily. Loved that gift shop garden.. would love to have a garden like that... so lush and green! That pergola with the swing had me dreaming...Belated birthday wishes to Connor... he is soo adorable. Thanks for sharing this beautiful summer post with us and a Happy 4th to you!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  3. Absolutely beautiful gardens! The bunnys are all so cute. :)

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  4. Thanks for thinking of us.. I love the photos and all the patriotic pieces.. Happy Fourth, Many blessings, Marlis

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  5. Emily, The Red bar is one of my favorite restaurants at the beach. Have you had their crabcakes...Yummy! We lived in the panhandle for 12 years and I always loved visiting Seaside and the surrounding beaches. Thanks for sharing this at my party.

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  6. Gorgeous gardens, beautiful photos, a totally beautiful post, my friend! I love all your Patriotic pieces, specially the plates, I can't wait to see your table with them! The Bar is making me crave to be there and by the beach...oh, well. Have a great 4th. of July and may God bless! FABBY

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  7. Beautiful spaces in your gardens; fun to "walk" through and my favorite are the bricks--love, love brick walkways, paths, little sitting areas.

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  8. Fantastic Photos! Wishing you a happy 4th for Canada.
    Rita

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  9. What charming birdhouses! I am ga-ga over this collection, and also love the shady alcove that features more. Such wonderful photos. I enjoyed my visit.

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  10. I love every single bit of your awesome post. Those gardens...just beautiful You did a fabulous job on your photos.
    xoxo bj

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  11. Emily what a visual feast!! I don't even know where to start they're all so fab! The beach shot is dreamy dreamy! And all the bunnies....I have a real love for those!...The crazy oaks....the beautiful gardens....I'm overwhelmed! Vanna

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  12. Emily,
    I am loving the pictures of that quaint brick path and the garden! What cute bunny statues. Just beautiful! There is nothing we would rather do than go to FL in the summer, just wonderful! Thanks for taking me there.
    Sherry

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  13. And, thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  14. Awesome pictures of your garden! Love all of the cute birdhouses! Thanks for visiting and your nice comments.

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  15. What a fun post Emily! The gardens are gorgeous and the photos are amazing! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  16. Your pink bike caught my eye! My Dear Hubby just bought one for me on Craigslist...and we took it to the beach. He said I just HAD TO HAVE IT....i.e. pink saturday!!!! I have not taken a picture of me on it yet... I'll have to show him yours. :0) Happy 4th!

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  17. What a beautiful 4th of July post. So festive and just a little touch of pink too.Happy pink Saturday

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  18. Wow Love your garden so beautiful decor!

    Happy 4th July!
    Hugs
    Charo

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  19. Thank you! That's a beautiful tour but the best is the ocean - you made me so homesick for the beach. I used to be an hour away - now it's 7. Happy 4th
    :) Nancy

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  20. Ahhhh...wish I was there! Looks lovely and relaxing! Happy 4th of July.

    Back Porch Blessings,
    Rebecca

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  21. Oh, Emily, what fabulous gardens. Captured so beautifully.
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend, my friend ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

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  22. Happy Pink Saturday Emily Sweetie...
    What a gorgeous share today. I loved seeing the gardens, and when I opened your blog and saw that breathtakingly beautiful photo of the ocean, Oh girl you had me. I could smell the sea breeze, feeling the mist on my face, as we strolled along, the sand felt so wonderful between my toes. I could have camped right out there, but then I would have missed all the gorgeous gardens along the way.

    How pretty the bunny cabin was. Everywhere I looked I saw precious little rabbits hopping about and multiplying quickly. I loved it.

    Have a gorgeous Pink Saturday and a wonderful 4th of July. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  23. Can I have one of those gardens? just beautiful and the beach - divine.
    Bless you this holiday weekend.

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  24. Gorgeous photos! You must have had so much fun taking your pictures. They are fantastic! Thank you for taking us along on the adventure. Cherry Kay

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  25. What a wonderful collection of photos! Everything looks so lush and green :)

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  26. Wow~ What a great set of photos. And little Connor is darling. Love the hydrangeas and birdhouses patio...but my favorite is the little bunny burrowing under the fence!! HPS

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  27. Happy Fourth and Pink Saturday!
    Loved the tour:))

    Kay Ellen

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  28. Wow! That garden takes my breath away! I feel like I should go out in my yard and start weeding! Have a wonderful 4th of July and HPS, Marcia

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  29. Happy pink what lovely photos! Made a comment on this blog already but don't see it. I've probably lost it. From Crazy lady!! Blessings, DE

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  30. A lovely little garden....and don't you just love those gnarly oaks.
    Thanks for sharing.....
    Have a pinkishly beautiful Independence Day weekend.

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  31. I feel like I went on vacation after looking at your beautiful posts! Thank you. Happy 4th and Happy Pink Saturday!

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  32. Emily, thanks for sharing more of your summer vacation. Those waves make me long for a little beach trip myself. Perhaps later in the month. ;-)
    Love your 4th of July vintage post cards. It's fun to see more of these. I want to try to find more to add to the few I have. ~ sarah

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  33. Hi Emily, thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet words. I always always enjoy your visits and love reading your lovely comments. French country decor inspires me a lot and I love vibrant colors... and I can just picture in my mind's eye... fields of lavender and what a beautiful sight it must be... someday I would visit that wonderful country... Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy 4th of July!~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  34. Hi Emily! Oh, what a wonderful beautiful post! I could get lost in those gorgeous snaps!
    Thank you for popping in to see me and have a wonderful July 4th!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  35. Hi Emily, thanks for your visit and nice comments. These photos are gorgeous, I would love to vacation there. Your grandson is a cutie-pie! xo,

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  36. Wonderful photos! Love all the birdhouses, and thanks for linking up with VIF. Hope you're having a wonderful 4th weekend! xo Debra

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  37. Your photos are terrific. Next time come all the way down to Naples! Happy 4th of July and PS!

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  38. Hi Emily
    I love the gardens with all the rabbits and birdhouses.
    That favourite place to eat looks like it came right out of the 60's - any hippies in there? ;-)

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  39. The gardens are truly breathtaking and magazine worthy. Thanks for sharing all of these gorgeous pictures!

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  40. I'm positively enchanted, Emily. So much beauty.

    Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Fourth of July.

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  41. This is all so lovely. What a great part of Florida, as you said. And they really get into the 4th of July. Love all the great photos. Hope you had a great 4th!

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  42. What a beautiful post~ absolutely gorgeous gardens!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

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  43. What gorgeous pics! I adore the green arbor. Would I love to have that in my yard....oh my!

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  44. Thanks for sharing your fourth of July celebration with Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  45. A fantastic look at the 4th July Emily.....xv

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  46. That garden is really something, totally enchanted looking!
    Such a pretty post full of wonderful eye candy. Wishing you a great weekend!

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  47. Hi Emily, so nice to meet you and your bunnies lol
    I just love those bunnies. Love all the pictures and the one of the ocean is tempting me to jump right in! Love the cat that won't take less ! LOL

    I'm your latest follower! Thank you for following me !

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  48. Wow! I feel like I went on vacation with you. Your photographs are wonderful! They really capture the spirit of a summer, 4th of July celebration. I thoroughly enjoyed your post! Hugs, Terri

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