we started out at "ginny's" antique shop and tea room for shopping and lunch. inside this unique and quaint gift shop --among all the wares for sale (new and old things)- tables and chairs have been placed throughout with seating for 2 or 4 or 6 with no two tables of like-kind. the food fare includes homemade quiche, sandwiches, soups, desserts and coffees. the creamy aspargus soup we chose to begin with was out of this world good.
across the street lies one of florida's quiet beaches. we walked over the wooden ramp to sugary white sand and clear blue waters.
december weather in florida is most often ideal, tourista perfect. this day it was warm in the sun and cool in the shade. we parked our chairs as close to the shoreline as we could and commenced to chat for hours.
of course we walked up and down the beach for a long time too... but always keeping pace with our ability to talk.
as long as i've lived in florida- all my life actually since i'm a native- the sights, sounds and smells of any beach quickens my soul and enlivens every fiber of my being. it is peaceful and restful there and yet everything about it is so alive and active.
the restaurant where we ate dinner is a walk-off-the-beach experience. our table sat in the sand facing the sunset.