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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Honey, I'm home!

We've actually been back home for about a week now, but it's the first time I've had to actually create a page instead of reading. I decided I would reward myself first with reading all my old favorites (and some new one) in blogger land. But now, it's time to share, again, isn't it?

We had a lovely time, as always! Something new this year, though, and probably for the next couple of years is CONSTRUCTION! Right next to the property where we've always stayed is going to be a mega resort and it's owned by Viceroy. I believe there are other properties like this in FL and Palm Springs. Many morning we woke up to the noise of equipment, and/or the wild chickens and roosters that were roaming around in front of our villa.

Overall, I can't say enough about our trip, and how much we both needed this vacation. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. In another entry, I promise I'll list the 11 books I read with a small review of each. Today, I am cutting, cutting, cutting for my Birthday Stitch Day of 2007 which will be THIS Saturday.

This is an airborne view of the island of Anguilla. It's about 16 miles long, and this is about 1/2 of the entire island. Where we stay is on the beach on the right topmost part of this picture in the curve.

This is the entrance to our Garden Suite.

This is the side of the Suite facing the ocean. All new landscaping has been planted, so it's not quite as secluded as in years past and there's a better view of the ocean.
After a short walk 2 minute walk, this is the entrance to the beach, just past the sea grapes.

And at the end of the path? Paradise, just waiting for me!

I walked 2,000 steps on the beach (measured with my pedometer) morning, and afternoon each day, with added 2,000 more about half the time by sunset!
As you can see, this beach is SO-O-O crowded!

Mead's Bay (our beach) attracts many yachts that anchor overnight or just come in to play for the day. Here's one of the world's largest yachts, The Lone Ranger. You can read more about it here, if this is what floats your boat (scroll down the page to see it)

There are other yachts that stop by, too, but this has to be one of the largest ones I've seen so close to the beach itself. I think it's a party rental out of Miami, but I really don't know. Some party, eh?

A slight breeze always kept the 85 degree weather quite nice on the island. And you can see a small clump of sea grapes at the base of these palms.

A few of the flowering plants were nice bright spots in the landscape.

Even though I planned for this to be my reading spot, I never made it there. Doesn't it look perfect?

One of my favorite meals: Anguillian Crayfish at Zarrah's.

When we flew back home, we got stuck in Dallas overnight because of all the ice and snow. We decided early on to just go to the Hyatt Hotel at the airport and not even try to get home with all the flights cancelled. It's the first time I have ever seen the airport so deserted - and hardly any planes at the jetways. Even so, it still took us twice as long the next day to finally arrive back home. This is what the approach to the Kansas City runway looked like as we flew in.
Quite a change, huh?

So that's it from here. I've got about a hundred more photos, but they're much of the same. As far as my beach kitties go, I worked on only one of them, and they are sitting by my chair in the hearth room waiting to be seen again. <<<>>> Sew much to do, sew little time.


Ms. Jan said...

Welcome home! Sounds like you had a great time!

Anonymous said...

Those pictures are amazing! The 'reading spot' is my favourite picture - will have to make one of those in our next house :-)

Angie said...

It's good to have you back--you were missed. :) Glad you had a great time...and the photos are gorgeous! Those flowers shots would make wonderful 'snippet sensation' quilts. I may have to 'borrow' some of them one of these days. :P

Rae said...

Welcome back
looks like a beautiful place to vacation.

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

Welcome home, great photos.

Helen said...

Great beach!!

Nellie Bass Durand said...

Welcome back. Glad you had a good and relaxing time.

Sarah said...

I am glad you made it home safely! Sounds like the trip was wonderful and warm! Have fun at your birthday stitch day.