Watercolors are like cats 

“Oil colors are like a dog. It does what you tell it to. Watercolors are like a cat. It does what it wants to.” I heard this at the watercolor workshop by Gordon Meggison. Great teacher taught me how to better harness the power of watercolors. Tools and techniques I will used on future watercolor paintings. 

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Lions Adulting 

The Lions at San Marco Square donned birthday hats for the 21st Birthday Celebration. The landmark fountain was installed 21 years ago. The Venetian inspired square hailed visitors and locals to an afternoon of live music, vendors and free photos by the fountain. Restaurants and shops got in on the party by offering discounts on a picture perfect day. 


San Marco in Jacksonville, Florida is home to some of the area’s best restaurants as well as art galleries, Art Deco buildings, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

San Marco Celebration 

See captivating art at Trends.


Enjoy family friendly events at the 21st Anniversary of the installation of the Lions Fountain. The San Marco Preservation Society and the San Marco Merchants Association hosts this birthday celebration on Saturday from 4-8 pm. Experience art at Trends Home and Art Boutique. Trends is open 11-4 pm. 

Art Guild of Orange Park “Our Town” exhibit.

 

San Marco is a popular destination in Jacksonville, Florida. It is home to art galleries, Art Deco buildings, outstanding restaurants, historic mansions, fashionable boutiques and more.  

Trends is located at 3915 Hendricks Avenue in San Marco.

Lighthouses Built to be in Harm’s Way 

Hurricanes do terrible damage to lighthouses. I know that lives are of far more value than lighthouses. Still I can’t help but wonder how Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the other lighthouses on the East Coat will be impacted by Hurricane Florence. It goes without saying that lighthouses are high risk real estate. The sole purpose of a lighthouse is to save lives in dangerous places. 
I thought about this while finishing this article on New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans. It was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
I visited the New Canal Lighthouse during an overnight stay in New Orleans. I realize the typical tourist in New Orleans doesn’t visit a lighthouse but I was surprised when the Concierge had no knowledge of any Lighthouses in the area. In fact there were two-New Canal and Port Pontchartrain. 
Undaunted I used GPS to find the lighthouse. I arrived a few hours before the lighthouse opened. 
The New Canal Lighthouse resembles a house. The rebuilt lighthouse sits atop pilings to prevent storm surges like the one caused by Hurricane Katrina. The lighthouse was restored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation in 2012. 

Hillsboro Lighthouse Celebrates National Lighthouse Day

Enjoy a boat ride, explore the grounds and climb the Hillsboro Lighthouse in Pompano Beach, Florida. Join the Hillsboro Lighthouse Society’s National Lighthouse Day celebration on Saturday, August 11. 
The Hillsboro Lighthouse first illuminated on March 7, 1907, completed the chain of lights which extended from Jupiter Inlet to the Torguas. The lighthouse, also called “Big Diamond” is unique. With of a beam of 28 nautical miles, it is has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978. 
The shuttle to the lighthouse sails in the morning at 8:15, 9:00, 9:45, 10:30 and 11:15. Pay $35 for day or purchase yearlong membership for the same price. For more information, visit Hillsboro Lighthouse

Fiesta at Yellow Door Taqueria 

Celebratory Mocktail

To celebrate my flight home after an extended visit in Boston, I dined at Yellow Door Taqueria in Dorchester. The ambience and decor were cool and enticing. There were tacos, ceviche and salads to chose from on the menu. I had read that the corn tortillas were made fresh everyday, so I decided on a taco. I placed an order of salsa and chips as an appetizer. It was fresh and delicious. 

Bar area

Festive and funky decor awaits guests.

I selected the Veggie 2.0 taco that normally comes with a chipotle black bean purée, squash blossoms, mushrooms, poblano coconut sauce, nopales, limes, crispy tortilla strings and cilantro. I decided to take a chance on the nopales, and forego the black beans. If I had to do it over again I would forego the nopales because they are a little tart. Overall the taco was tasty but more like a tapa. 

Vegetarian taco

This taco was delicious but more like a tapa.


To cap off the meal and my celebration, I ordered a Pina Colada Mocktail. It was almost too beautiful to drink! It came with pineapples, coconut and lime. It was as good to look at as it was to drink. 

Open the door and your taste buds to fresh Mexican cuisine.

Share a Photo of a Lighthouse Today

Tybee Island Lighthouse

Today is National Lighthouse Day. Share a photo to support lighthouses by using #NationalLighthouseDay. 

Recognizing the importance of lighthouses, President George Washington signed an Act for the establishment and support of Lighthouses on August 7, 1789. The federal government assumed responsibility for all lighthouses in the United States. Secretary of Treasurer Alexander Hamilton oversaw the act.