Friday, May 20, 2011

New Smyrna Beach, FL and Pink Flowers

Before we moved here, we lived in Florida. John took a temp locum tenens 6 month job in Sanford, which is about 1/2 hr drive from Orlando. Our home was 2 hours away from there so the company put him in a hotel suite and gave him a rental car throughout the duration of his duty. It was a fun job because although he was on call 24/7, he did only work when the hospital needed him. He did not have to see patients in a clinic. The only downside is that he had to be available in case he got called, so he was not able to go anywhere far. That was the reason he could not come with me when I was house hunting here. Yep, I found the house by myself, did the closing by myself and moved by myself with the help of my nephew who drove the second vehicle. John flew in when he finally quit his job to relocate and that was the first time he saw the house. Luckily, he really liked it too!

I am getting ahead of myself here. Anyway, my granddaughter, AJ and I really enjoyed his time there. I was still working full time in a laboratory at that time but every weekend, I would drive with AJ and stay in the hotel with him. The hotel was surrounded by my favorite stores: Ross, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, World Market, Joann Fabrics and many others and AJ's favorite store, Toys R Us. Needless to say, the vehicle was always full when we went home.

We always went to nearby beaches too. Today for Sightseeing Sat., I am showing you Smyrna Beach. John was all smiles here because he was getting paid while relaxing on the beach.

Noah was so little here.

Isn't the dog cute? He is not ours, just saw him in the parking lot.
Even my mom, John's daughters and sister enjoyed going there.

Hope you enjoyed a mini tour of Smyrna Beach.

I am also linking with Beverly for Pink Saturday at

I would like to share the pink flowers that are growing in our garden.

I did not know that petunias climbed up. You can see it climbing up the trellis here, which is good because I am trying to conceal the pool equipment.

Dianthus in a small flower bed by the vegetable garden.
These are bushes by the driveway in the front yard.

I know these dahlias are yellow but you can see the pink petunias in the background hanging from the gazebo. The small orchid bloomed also.

Double petunias hanging on the back porch.
Thank you for stopping by and I would like to thank Beverly for hosting. Please go visit her and her participants too.


Helen said...

My goodness!!! I can't tell you how many times I have partied, walked, lounged, danced and anything else you can think of on New Smyrna Beach. I recognize so many of the spots in your photos. During the eight years we lived in Orlando, we made the beach a priority ... at least two out of four weekends! Thanks so much for sharing this.

Atelier de Charo said...

Wow that's a very beautiful beach!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Gorgeous beach and all of your flowers look happy and healthy Christine-enjoy:@)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for the tour of the beach, and sharing your beautiful flowers.
Enjoy your weekend.

Debbie said...

I just loved the tour of the beach. It made me want to go, and believe me that's an accomplishment because I'm much, much more of a mountain gal in the summer.

And the pink flowers? Lovely!!

Tobi Britton* said...

Ah, the lovely beach, and the dog!!!LOL
Love your pink flowers- and your adorable litttle pixies!
Sparkly Hugs and a Happy Pink saturday,
Tobi and the Pixies!

PS- come visit- I am having a giveaway!!

Lynn said...

What a pretty place! Lucky you!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Hi Christine, I enjoyed your mini tour very much and I love all the beautiful flowers you have around your yard! Have a great weekend, Martina

Cindy said...

Love the beach! Looks like you had a wonderful time! Picture of the puppy...too cute!
Hope you have a lovely weekend,


Such beautiful beach photos, it kind of cold yet? The family looks like they're having fun! Well, my dear, your flowers are awesome! I just adore the dianthus, pink and white! The native women cloths have it a lot in their embroidered blouses, I'm telling you this because we've done this before in the ceramic dishes we designed. Have a great week end my friend.

Sarah said...

Beautiful beach and gorgeous pinks, Christine. ~ Sarah

Dolores said...

I hate to admit this, but the Florida beaches are so much prettier than our Texas beaches. I love all your beautiful pictures.....
Gorgeous flowers!

She'sSewPretty said...

Wow! I just found your blog! Your garden is inspiring. Happy Pink Saturday!

Char said...

Lots of pretty pretty going on in here this week. Your blooms are lovely.
The beach is a special place, thanks so much for sharing that we me, I loved it. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Christine Sweetie...
Oh my gosh, I love the beach. What fun to sink my toes in the sand, feel the warmth on my face and smell the wonderful breeze. It was absolutely refreshing. Thank you sweet friend.

I loved seeing the photos of John and your family as well. Looks like everyone loved it there. I hope you go back often, as it appears to be worth the drive. Clean and beautiful.

Thank you for the stroll in your gardens as well. How pretty everything looks. I too, did not know that petunias would climb if given a trellis. I will have to add a few climbing techniques to some of my pots as well. Thank you for the tip sweet one.

Have a wonderful weekend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Richard Cottrell said...

Always fun to hear about your adventures. RC

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Beautiful beach photos and beautiful flowers! You must have a nice green thumb for everything to grow so well!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your flowers are beautiful. I love New Smyrna Beach. Back in the late 70's early 80's we spent many vacations at a condo on the beach.
We lived in Illinois at the time. A man my husband knew through business would let us use his place.

lvroftiques said...

I always love going for a tour with your Christine *winks* Great beach! So I have to ask do you like living in Florida or Miss best?
And your flowers look beautiful! Vanna

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