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Fine Art Daily, odd bananas

Fine Art Daily - August 23, 2010

Posted: August 23, 2010 05:04 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 23, 2010 In our part of the world this is the first day of school! Hoooray! I have just heard the high school bus chug past, probably loaded with one or two freshmen who haven't figured out the system yet... I though this would be an excellent week to explore the odd and peculiar - things that have just stuck out and looked weird. This being Florida means I have a lot of material with which to work! I was hunting and gathering at Publix the other day when I saw these weird bananas. I don't think the illo gives an accurate sense of their size - but in the background on the le...

Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge

Fine Art Daily - August 18, 2010

Posted: August 18, 2010 05:26 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 18, 2010 One of the windows at Fernandina's Fantastic Fudge. The shops in downtown are mostly housed in historic and architecturally pleasing buildings. There are a couple of independent bookstores, ice cream parlors, the usual T-shirt shops and lots of restaurants. It was a pleasant place which we ambled about while doing our best for the economy: several lunches, four ferry tickets, books, post cards, ice cream, a sun dress, scented soap...

Fine Art Daily, Fishing Fleet in Fernandina Beach

Fine Art Daily - August 17, 2010

Posted: August 17, 2010 04:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 17, 2010 This is part of the fishing fleet in Fernandina Beach. This was the view from our porch last week. It was an extraordinary place to sit and watch the world go by. The unionized dolphin showed up just before the sunset show every night, while murmurations of roseate spoonbills flocked to perches on nearby Rattlesnake Island. Sometimes we would turn around to look at the water only to see a city-block-sized cargo freighter gliding by! Just amazing.

Pippi Longstocking House in Fernandina Beach, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 16, 2010

Posted: August 16, 2010 05:30 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 16, 2010 Back from vacay - but it will be a light week - we will be taking the Tall One away to college later this week. We slipped away to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island last week. What a delightful place! We stayed away from the beachy scene and found a nice quiet corner in Old Town, right across the street from this Victorian pile which was used in the filming of "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking". It looks like Miss Haversham could have been happy here so I don't know how the mischievous Pippi and her horse and her monkey were contained. We were told it was pa...

Fine Art Daily, Bellini in Edinburgh

Fine Art Daily - August 6, 2010

Posted: August 06, 2010 05:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 6, 2010 It's All Request Cocktail Recipe Friday with thanks to Nancy Taylor Robson. "Mine is a Pear Bellini I had in Edinburgh last year with one of my longest-term (not oldest) dearest friends, Anna. Anna, who is Welsh, and I were roommates in a big old house of flats in London before either of us was married. I was Anna's only bridesmaid and she would have been mine the following year, except she was too pregnant to fly. I went over last October to spend a week and we made a foray into Scotland's capital to buy books and visit her daughter, who was about to deliver Anna's first ...

Lady Abundance, Stuart, FL

Fine Art Daily - August 5, 2010

Posted: August 05, 2010 05:42 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 5, 2010 Our Lady Abundance. In all her glory. She does not smile coyly, but rather goes about her business of pouring water in the middle of Historic Downtown Stuart in her skimpy little outfit with singlemineded determination. Brava! Don't forget about Hot Summer Nights tonight at Harbour Bay Plaza in Sewall's Point. It's your chance to mingle with some of the area's coolest artists, photographers and sculptors. Who knows who will be sitting at the Prawnbroker's outside bar? For more info visit

Juicy Plums

Fine Art Daily - August 4, 2010

Posted: August 04, 2010 07:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 4, 2010 The Good Cooks at Food52 are exploring plums this week. A perfect summertime snack. I can remember times in my childhood, sitting with a book in the wicker chairs on the front porch contemplating plums. It was probably easier to use a knife to cut one in half to remove the stone, but where would the fun be in that? There was lots of time on hand, and efficiency needn't always rule the day. And would one be ladylike about the disposal of the pit? Hardly. There is and unwritten front porch challenge about pit projectiles - points if you cleared the porch, extra points i...

Concy Joes, Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach FL

Fine Art Daily - August 3, 2010

Posted: August 03, 2010 05:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 3, 2010 An iconic eatery on the Indian River. Forget Rick's - everyone comes to Conchy Joe's. Even the Red Hots have had a memorable dinner here. This is where you bring out-of-town guests so they can get a snapshot of old Florida - with the demise of Kodachrome you had best stock up some colorful memories. Conchy Joe's drips with atmosphere and signs, fish nets, floats - and then there was the poster in the men's room that opened the Tall One's eyes! This is also a nice place for the locals - there is nothing like a tall cold beer while the little ones toss bread to the cat...

Kreuger Creek, Stuart, Florida

Fine Art Daily - August 2, 2010

Posted: August 02, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 2, 2010 We are back home - temporarily - here is a Stuart sight. I love this super secret pocket park at the east end of Osceola Street. I never see a soul here except for some fat, chattering squirrels and moody, introspective waterbirds. This is Kreuger Creek. You can sit on the bench and watch the tree rats scamper about, or you can walk down to the water's edge and peer through the mangroves at this little flotilla of sail boats. Bring your lunch.

Champagne Cocktail á la Bob

Fine Art Daily - July 30, 2010

Posted: July 30, 2010 06:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's All Request Cocktail time! Neighbor Bob was the first Gentle Reader to send me a recipe for All Request Cocktails, and for this he will be receiving the original watercolor used in today's Fine Art Daily. If you want an original Fine Art Daily, send me a deelish cocktail recipe, perhaps with a little story so all the Gentle Readers will want to try it. This is the Annual Summer All Request Month. Get cracking! Champagne Cocktail á la Bob In a Champagne glass add a teaspoon of sugar and enough Angostura bitters to melt the sugar. Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or cognac ...

Queen Street Grocery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 29, 2010

Posted: July 29, 2010 05:27 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 29, 2010 Here was a missed opportunity, the Queen Street Grocery. Apparently it is the be all and end all - good local and organic foods, excellent crepes and wine! Who could ask for anything more? This should be a fixture in any downtown, a nice corner market where you can stock up on a few groceries from the CSA, buy a newspaper, have a coffee, catch up on the gossip and oh, maybe buy that nice bottle of wine for dinner. Their slogan is "Local Fresh + Organic Deliciousness." I just liked it for the beauteous "Q" on their window. People who get the typography right might be s...

Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 28, 2010

Posted: July 28, 2010 05:41 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

When you go to Charleston you must tear yourself away from the glories of the gardens and window boxes and your new friends, the gardeners. You simply have to visit Blue Bicycle Books at 420 King Street. The facade is narrow, but the shop itself telecopes and extends magically back from the street for miles! The Tall One and I had to make two visits because we were overcome with Stendahl's Syndrome after the first go round: the sheer number and array of books was too much for us. We had a restorative lunch at The Pita Pit (351 King Street) another little, narrow, crooked-fence sor...

Secret Garden on Meeting Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 27, 2010

Posted: July 27, 2010 04:57 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 27, 2010 Double secret probation bird's eye view of a garden on Meeting Street. I imagine this is the what the Tall One might have seen (had he stirred himself from bed, early one morning during our Charleston trip) strolling up Meeting Street. Once again it was just me and the gardeners and a few people scurrying off to their jobs. It was too early for the horse drawn carriages and rubber-neckers, so I found lots of almost-legal places to park as I wandered. Two Meeting Street has architecture that challenges my liberal arts college art history training. The Calhoun House has...

Charles Drake House, 50 South Battery, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 26, 2010

Posted: July 26, 2010 06:09 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 26, 2010 This is the Charles Drake house at 50 South Battery. The garden echos the strange melange of architecture: Sweet potato vines! Colonial Revival! Shocking pink crape myrtle! Queen Anne! Asparagus fern! Arts and Crafts style! Heavens to Betsy, this house has it all. Circa 1890, it is a veritable newcomer to the neighborhood. The Drakes eclectic tastes called for a stone foundation with a paneled, shingled and clapboarded second-story. There is a porte-cochere, an arched arcade and curved windows, interior and exterior shutters, gingerbread, columns, capitals, balust...

39 Rue de Jean

Fine Art Daily - July 23, 2010

Posted: July 23, 2010 06:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 23, 2010 It's Food Friday! I am always eager to conduct serious field research in pursuit of the best bar burgers to be had and Charleston offered up one of the best at 39 Rue de Jean. The menu at this French bistro offered many more tantalizing and sophisticated food stuffs (read: seafood) with excellent service and ambiance. And no, not one of those fussy places with brass and potted plants. The wait staff was swift and efficient - and I loved the carafes of water on the table, and the big gleaming silvery mirrors which increased the size of the room and let us obsserve (a...

40 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 22, 2010

Posted: July 22, 2010 06:21 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 22, 2010 40 Tradd Street, circa 1718 In case my Gentle Readers were under the impression that all of Charleston is ablaze with vulgar or un-neighborly pigments, I wanted to show you the tasteful restraint of the current residents of 40 Tradd Street. The deep purple of the petunias is echoed in the shadows behind the periwinkle blue shutters. Cool, calm colors on this side of Tradd. "John Bullock or his widow Mary built this two and one-half story house c. 1718. Col. Robert Brewton sold this property with the house on it in 1752 to Daniel Badger." Charleston County Public Li...

32 Tradd Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 21, 2010

Posted: July 21, 2010 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 21, 2010 32 Tradd Street, circa 1790 (eight years younger than Washington College) An interested reader wrote to tell me yesterday that after Hurricane Hugo ripped through Charleston in 1989 workers from Ireland were brought in because only they had the expertise to repair the roofs. “Historically, many roofs on Charleston houses were wood shingle. Because of the many fires that plagued the city, this roofing material was outlawed by city ordinance. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, many metal roofs peeled back to reveal the early wood shingles underneath.” http://www.historic...

17 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 20, 2010

Posted: July 20, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 20, 2010 17 Tradd St. c.1750. On the corner of Bedon's Alley. One of the houses on Tradd Street as recommended by Mr. H. Number 17 is austere, dignified and restrained. The flowers in the window boxes and the planter are white, mirroring the white crape myrtle trees in the street. One imagines the residents of Number 17 wear crisp, pressed garments and never speak in anything but full sentences, with few contractions or meaningless pauses. Fountain pens, never ball points. IMs? How vulgar! "Tradition says Tradd Street was named for Robert Tradd who supposedly was the first...

8-10 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 19, 2010

Posted: July 19, 2010 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

uly 19, 2010 8-10 Tradd Street The Lamboll Double Tenement I was strolling up the East Battery one morning, before all the tourists mobbed the place, smug because I had snagged a legal parking place. I was enjoying the relative quiet - the only other people around were gardeners who were tending their tidy gardens, some with hoses and clippers and one perfectionist with a weed whacker and a patch of grass that refused to conform itself to his pictured ideal. I wandered off the main road and was tiptoeing along Tradd Street when I had an encounter that usually only happens in gauz...

Hank's, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 16, 2010

Posted: July 16, 2010 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 16, 2010 It’s Food Friday! No recipes this week – as we were not concerned with cooking last week – just consuming all the best foods we could find in Charleston. We had a splendid time at Hank’s. Yumsters. I had the fried chicken and it was quite simply the best I have ever eaten. The chicken was boneless, crisp and crunchy and sweet with the tang of buttermilk and fresh pepper. Had my grandmother come from Charleston I imagine she would have fried up batches of this chicken. It came with garlic mashed potatoes (also divine) and collards (which I moved around the plate, fo...

Major Peter Bocquet's House, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 15, 2010

Posted: July 15, 2010 05:17 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 15, 2010 The Preservation Society of Charleston has made life so easy and convenient for people like me who mill around the streets without maps or guidebooks. (Yes, I did have the Google Machine in my pocket, but generally used it for terse texts to keep track of Tall Boy and his World Cup issues.) Here is another stunning window box display, set off by the boldly orange paint of Major Peter Bocquet’s Georgian architecture. The symmetry of the planting is nicely bracketed by the dual gas lights. Charming and clearly labeled. This is what the Historic Marker says: Major P...

Jack Patla Antiques - Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 14, 2010

Posted: July 14, 2010 05:45 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 14, 2010 This was just the beginning of my pilgrimage through Charleston’s wonderful world of window boxes. I managed to tear away from Best Beloved and Tall Boy on the first afternoon in Charleston. They set me down on King Street, where the first store I stumbled into was this divine antique shop, Jack Patla Antiques. I love garden ornaments. I have three wrought iron garden chairs I liberated from the side of the road a few years ago, and a concrete cherub astride a dolphin which once poured water in a Sewall’s Point fountain and now stands on a plinth on our back porch....

Hominy Grill - Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 13, 2010

Posted: July 13, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 13, 2010 Best Beloved and Tall Boy and I spent last week in Charleston, SC. Ostensibly I was doing my usual serious and productive field research with the Tall One as my companion and cohort in crime, and Best Beloved was attending a fishing tournament. The reality was that we wandered around in the Charleston heat, looking at the many beautiful buildings and flowers and historic sights –while constantly thinking about our next meal. We had many, many meals which were so deelish – Tall Boy kept pronouncing each one the best he had ever eaten! How is that possible? Anything is possibl...

Strawberry Daiquiri for the Fourth of July

Fine Art Daily - July 2, 2010

Posted: July 02, 2010 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Strawberry Daiquiri 5 large, fresh or frozen whole strawberries 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar 2 ounces of rum ½ ounce triple sec 1 cup crushed ice Blend 10-20 seconds and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Charles and Camilla are not sure about the Fourth of July. Sometimes Charles gets a little sniffy about those upstart Colonials. Silly Charles. Usually he is mollified after a daiquiri or two, and he does hull the strawberries nicely, and without being told. Camilla is rooting around the laundry room looking for the chairs we are going to take to Downtown Stua...

Gumbo Limbo's new location - 3 Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart

Fine Art Daily - July 1, 2010

Posted: July 01, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 1, 2010 Rabbit, Rabbit! It's official - Patty has moved Gumbo Limbo into its new digs on Osceola Street. Tall Boy and I stopped by yesterday to inspect the bright and airy space, which should be packed with eager shoppers during tonight's Stuart Stroll. Another option for tonight is a new venue the Arts Council is sponsoring - an extension of First Thursday, called "Hot Summer Arts" held at Harbour Bay Plaza from 5:30 until 8:00. We don't have to wait for season to enjoy art, music, photography, food and wine. Visit for more info!

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