And like that, summer was gone. I went out early yesterday morning, October 1st, to set the veranda tables for breakfast and it was cool outside. I think it was the first morning below 80 degrees since the Spring. There was a bit of a breeze blowing and it was quite pleasant at 68 degrees. The humidity has broken and we have the promise of another beautiful Fall season coming our way.
The courtyard ferns are enormous! We have guests that touch the ferns just to see if they are real or not. The courtyard must have just the right amount of sunlight for the ferns. Sunlight, daily water and monthly MiracleGro seem to be working for them this year.
We have the autumn plantings in the front gardens as well. The perennials, the grasses, shrubs and hedges are all filling in nicely compared to when we bought the inn almost three years ago and the annuals add a nice splash of color.
The Fall also brings us the Fall Festivals! The Amelia Island Jazz Festival kicked off last night (more on that later) and runs through the 10th. The Autumn Fine Arts Festival is coming up next weekend, October 9th and 10th. On the 16th we have my favorite event of the season, the Amelia Cruizers Car Show. October is a busy month here on Amelia Island.
The Fall is my favorite time of year on Amelia Island. I can walk Maggie Doone and One-Eyed Louie downtown in the afternoon and I arrive beck at the inn nice and dry instead of all sweaty. Shannon can take Maggie to the beach for longer walks in the cooler weather and we don’t need to pull down the sun shade at Happy Hour. Before long we will be sleeping with the windows open and enjoying that nice ocean breeze all night long.
As a post-script: This is not related to anything that I have been rambling on about but I thought it was a nice nighttime photo of the inn. I had to try out the new camera!