Junie's Place: Blowin' in the wind... (Victory Ride)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Blowin' in the wind... (Victory Ride)

......and so today Charlie says, "You wanna go for a ride?" And Junie says, "Sure!"


The answer to
that, my friend, was 'Blowin' in the Wind' for awhile! :)

OK-OK- I being silly! :)
"So-what else is new and crude?" (as my daughter, Tam, would say!) Meaning ~It's to be expected that Mom is silly sometimes!

However, it
was pretty windy riding as you can see!

On the way north I said, "Oh, I know where we can go!" Charles says, "The Waldo Flea market??" I said, "No- lets go to Cross Creek and have lunch at the Yearling Restaurant!"


I'm sure most are familiar with the Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Yearling, written in 1938 by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Go here!
And of course a movie was made of this wonderful story, too, in the mid 1940's. And another one more recently!

Here is something interesting to read ~ some history!

This place which Marjorie Rawlings found so fascinating, and where she chose to live and write her Novels, is north of us (about 15 miles). It is almost like taking a trip back into our Florida of the early 1930-40s, as this old farm place has been preserved and is now open for public view. We didn't tour the house-only the grounds- and I made a few pictures of the old North Florida look!


The old Florida Cracker house~

The barn~

Gardens and grounds
and that blue Florida sky!~

Outhouse ~ notice the red rag, displayed to let folks know when it's in use! :)


And this...sure hope
that's true!


After leaving the Rawlings house we went on just a few miles to The Yearling restaurant! We have been here a few times before and have found the food to be very good. This time mine was especially tasty...lol- tho we waited a full hour to get it served! I didn't mind that as it was an interesting place to be spending time! The building is an old house with rambling rooms and lots of antiques throughout! I don't know the history of the building so I will have to research it! (For my own Info)

Here we are waiting ... Oh! And this guy was playing some blues music to entertain guests! I had to get his picture- of course!

When the food finally came it had been well worth waiting for! :)

(Right, Charlie?)

I had a shrimp sandwich on a great hoagie -type bun! Had never had a shrimp sandwich before and it was delicious! :) I turned down the Gator Tail appetizers on the menu! Although I'm a Florida Cracker type girl I can't bring myself to eat Gator Tail!

Another good one for the old farm folks!



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At 8:28 PM , Blogger Skye said...

Lovely, Junie! I can't resist your Victory ride stories! :) And I can't help laughing - every single time - at your self-portraits while riding! Looks like you had an enjoyable trip.

I love your new blog color, too! Reminds me of mine, a bit... and I love green. :)

At 8:45 PM , Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I saw a lot of people out riding today -- snowmobiles. Glad you had fun.

At 8:45 PM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


Hi Skye,

Well, I thought I had that saved (the post) while I was finishing it....so am not sure if you caught it all!

lol- Yes- I have fun on the rides and doing silly things for the blog!

And I was just so tired of that pink template I HAD to make a change! I like this new color combination too- My other blog sites are changed also.

Thanks for coming by- hope you're ok these days.


At 8:47 PM , Blogger PEA said...

Oh wow, it's no wonder Marjorie Rawlings chose that area to live and write her novels, it's so beautiful! I would so love to be able to visit there. I always enjoy the pictures you take when you go on a Victory ride:-) And look at that lunch...I never heard of a shrimp sandwich either but it sure looked yummy! Thank you so much for your words of comfort concerning Steve, dear Junie. xoxo

At 8:54 PM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Hi AC,

Well, it's good to hear from you...I guess you're back from your trip so I need to do some catching up.

Yes, it was a perfect day for riding here today and we enjoyed it.
(And you guys are still riding snow mobiles!:) )

BUT 'I' will be the one complaining of our LOOOONG and Hot summer!


At 8:59 PM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Thanks Pea,

Happy you enjoyed my rambling post tonight! :) Yes, this part of Florida has some very charming places around.

I DO hope your friend Steve gets along well. I was so sorry- and could tell by your post how troubled you were/are by this happening.

Please let me hear how he gets along.



At 11:29 PM , Blogger Cliff said...

Great trip and lunch you had. Good for you. How did people get any writing done before the 'backspace' key came around? I was painstaking at best. Thanks for the post JR

At 12:09 AM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Hi Cliff,

Thanks for stopping by.

Oh, yah- a fun ride today. It was just a beautiful day here.

LOL- I'd be in trouble without the backspace key, for sure, with as much writing as I do here!...I have done 1,020 post on just this one site- in just over 2 years! Yikes! Who would have thought I'd find THAT much to say!!! haha

Oh, well- but I have fun!

Thanks for reading my nonsense, Cliff.


At 1:47 AM , Blogger Margaret said...

I enjoyed the read very much. I am with you on the gator tail. Don't believe I would like that. It seems as if you had a great ride.
Cheers Margaret

At 5:59 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

What an interesting place to visit...seems to me I saw a movie once about the author of The Yearling and the house looked exactly the same...I hope I'm remembering right anyhow.

Looks like ya'll had a great day out!

At 8:33 AM , Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

Gator tail? Ummmmmmm, no, not for me either. But the shrimp sandwich, now I'll take it. Any leftovers?

What a wonderful historic trip you shared with us....I love all the photos.

Hope your weekend is treating you well dear lady.

At 11:23 AM , Blogger Skye said...

You should have sent me that gator tail, Junie! I've been wanting to try alligator tail since I was 12 years old... the rest of my family got to try it in Zimbabwe, but I was sick with some horrible virus and couldn't go with them to dinner! (And you are right... I missed the bottom part of your post, I was in such a hurry to read it and comment!)

I am doing mostly okay now... will try to get back to blogging soon.

At 12:31 PM , Blogger Susie said...

Hi Junie,
So glad you had a fun Victory ride.
That shrimp sandwich looks and sounds just yummy! I know I'd be passing on the Gator Tail appetizers myself!!

At 2:28 PM , Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Just look at that yummy food!!
I love seeing Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. I think it is so beautiful.
I always love the self-pics you take while you are riding on the bike. They are great!

At 3:11 PM , Blogger Diane said...

Yesterday I read a book ARLY by Richard Newton Peck. It takes place in the 1920s in a shantytown alongside a swamp in Florida. The young boy character just goes on and on about how good the gator tail stew smelled. They are such poor white trash that sharing stew with an old black fella is a fine way to spend the evening.
Until I read this book, I never knew that alligator was good for anything more than scaring folks running away.
Less than 24 hours later, here I sit reading about how gator tail appetizers are offered in a retro restaurant.
It's a small world, indeed.

I love the pictures of your windblown ride, and the historical site.
I haven't read The Yearling in years, but this is a good reminder.

~~love and Huggs, Diane
aka MrsDoF

At 4:35 PM , Blogger Joy Des Jardins said...

Another amazing day out on the Victory. You look great...even wind-blown. Oh, and that shrimp sandwich....yummy. Don't think I'd much like the gator tail stuff. Thanks Junie.

At 6:31 PM , Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


All you ladies for your comments! :)

I'm happy you all enjoyed this post-because I had fun doing the events and also writing about them!

...and it seems most of us agree-'No Gator Tail on our plates!' :)

Will visit you all soon.




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