Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dunedin Florida Decorated Light Pole Contest Pt II

I have been hunting down more of the decorated light poles in Downtown Dunedin. I found these just the other day. A matching pair out in front of a local Law Firm. Trying saying this fast: Frazer, Hubbard, Brandt, Trask & Yacavone, Attorneys At Law. In fact, if you click here to see their website, at the top of the page you can see the light pole, without decoration, that is now the "Nice" list. Pretty cool eh?

I have to correct some earlier information now. In an earlier posting, click here, I posted a photograph of a light pole decorated with a Dia de los Muertos theme. In that post I described the City of Dunedin's Light Pole Decorating Contest. Foolishly, I assumed that pole was a part of that contest. So, when I walked by the other day, looking for more decorated light poles, the pole had changed! It was still decorated in a theme that seemed Mexican in origin, but it was NOT the same. So, I walked into the Mexican restaurant across the street to ask some questions.

The restaurant is called Casa Tina. When I asked about the light pole, I got the scoop. They had decorated that pole alright, but the Dia de los Muertos theme was for Halloween! They simply hadn't taken it down and put up the Christmas holidays theme decorations yet. I see, said the blind man! Casa Tina is a really cool place, and if you click here you can check out their website and their menu. And in a future post, I will show you more of the decorated light poles that I found!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dunedin Florida Downtown Shops

A neat little shop called The Enchanted Branch Gift Gallery. Click the name to see a little more about them. They are located just a few steps off Main Street in a delightful side street with several other shops of similar style. You might say it is an extension of Main Street, at right angles.

I hope you all had a great day yesterday. We celebrated Thanksgiving, and the whole family had a wonderful time. Whether you celebrate Thankgsiving or not, I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday, and I hope today is even better.

I hope you will take some time to explore Downtown Dunedin when you are in the area. There is enough here to enjoy for days and days.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Giving Thanks

Oh how I pondered and dithered and pondered some more. How best to represent the many, many things I am thankful for. Other holidays are more easily settled... a Christmas tree, an Easter egg, a Valentine heart, etc. But a turkey on Thanksgiving... it just doesn't say enough. So you look at the two in the picture and ask "What is he thankful for?"

It's not hard to guess, since I am showing the grand-twins, that I am thankful for family. But also for all the wonderful things in our lives that we are able to enjoy. Like fresh air, and clear skies. Living in Dunedin, Florida. A nice warm place to sleep every night. People who love us. The freedom to walk around my neighborhood in the evening, enjoying the moonlight and fresh air. Healthy babies (above). Fuzzy little ducklings. Sizzling sunsets. Fall colored leaves. A quiet place to sit. Food on the table each day. People in the world who care about other people, like Ham supporting Cancer Care, and Free Rice, and Free Hugs. Not to mention people that care about animals.

In addition, I am thankful for gorgeous white birds in county parks where I can see them in person, instead of in a book or museum. For trails and bikes and feet for walking. I'm thankful for the Daily Photo blog that I found that inspired me to start this one. And for the Romanian who teaches us about Brasov. For the incredible photography of OML. For a Boston blogger. I give thanks for ALL the bloggers out there doing City Daily Photo blogs, and who welcomed me into this incredible community. Not to mention all the OTHER photo blogs like this one, and that one, and this other one, and that other one, and any others I forgot at the moment.

I am thankful for the health of loved ones. Forgiveness. Patience. Wisdom. Acceptance. Tolerance. Peace, when it can be had. And I am thankful for YOU, a visitor to my Dunedin Daily Photo blog, because YOU make it all worth while. Thanks for coming today. I wish you and your family the very best Thanksgiving, and a life full of things to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dunedin Florida SKATES!

That's right, Dunedin is proud to introduce their very own skate park. Over 10,000 square feet of rolling, flying, curving, swirling concrete skating action. The park was completed in August of this year. It's called Stirling Skate Park (click here to see the City Of Dunedin web page about it). Don't let the similarity to an empty swimming pool fool you, this place is built for action. This is a City of Dunedin owned and run skate park, with very reasonable fees for using it.

I researched the builders of the park, Team Pain, and have linked their website to their name here. However, due to the coding they are using on their website, the link will only take you to their home page. You must then choose "Concrete Skate Parks" on the left, and then choose "Stirling Skate Park - Dunedin Florida", in the list on the left (it is the second one down). Once there you will be rewarded with some interesting pictures of the park being built, and then being enjoyed. I was surprised to see that the have also built several parks in Belgium!

Speaking of awesome, have you seen the skateboarding store? They have tons of skateboarding must-haves, because really, there's no excuse. You can also support Dunedin Daily Photo by shopping with these advertisers:

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dunedin Main Street Shops

This will probably end up being a series also, in as much as there are a number of neat shops that I want to share with you. I believe the name of this shop is Palm Latitudes, and it fits! They have all kinds of cool stuff in there. Ceramic frogs that look so cool and awesome pirate t-shirts and napkins with funny sayings... you know the kind that have you standing there reading them for twenty minutes while you laugh your butt off! And lots and lots more stuff. Really cool. I rarely make it past this store when I am downtown. It is just too much fun. If you remember Cafe Alfresco, from a previous posting, then it will make sense when I tell you this shop is just down the sidewalk from there. But don't worry if that doesn't make sense to you... just get downtown and you will find it all. :) Oh, and yes, Brasov Daily Photo, the bench will be there waiting for you, on the waterfront.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Dunedin Florida Waterfront Home

Another in an intermittent series on the styles and variety of homes in Dunedin, Florida, a little slice of Dunedin real estate. This one is also on Edgewater Dr., right across the street from the water. Very nice homes along here. You can see a neighboring home by clicking here. Also, for Kerri, who requested a close up of the bench in the previous sunset picture: I hope this is close enough... when you click on it. And thanks for your enthusiastic response to the Decorated Light Poles post. I am in the process of capturing the rest of that crowd, and will post accordingly.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dunedin Has Trails!

Did I mention the trails in Dunedin? Oh yeah, Dunedin has many places to walk, skate, or ride bikes. This trail is not the same as the one on Edgewater Drive. This trail is part of the Pinellas Trail, which runs north-south for 34 miles through our county. But here in Dunedin, it goes through one of the best parts of town. You can stop off from the trail and enjoy a variety of dining opportunities, as well as shopping and sightseeing. And you can see from the cruved sign post, they make it all very artistic. This sign gives a nod to the origins of the space, an old railroad corridor.

To the left, just outside the view, is a wonderful restaurant called Cafe Alfresco. They have an oen air section where you can watch the trail users go by as you enjoy a fabulous meal. It's a great place for a Downtown Dunedin lunch! What can I say, Dunedin, Florida is a great place to visit and a great place to live. Come on down and check it out!

If you'd like to read more about the Pinellas Trail, click here, or here.
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