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Friday, February 10, 2017

After the storm

Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine Beach, Florida
I'm sharing this post with Sepia Saturday this week.  When I lived on St. Augustine Beach, the post office was in the shell shop. Alas, it's no longer there, though, well, the building is now something else.
 



This last year (2016) there was a hurricane which really hit St. Augustine Florida.  But these photos are of the remains of another one that happened about 19-20 years ago.

We only evacuated our house (5 doors from the ocean) twice in the 4 years we lived there. We were lucky!




Incidentally, here's a link to the real woman the "She Sells Seashells" rhyme was written about!

Today's Quote:


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Marcel Proust
 

9 comments:

  1. I didn't know the tongue twister was based on a real person! Interesting. I have visited St. Augustine only once - I'm glad it was at a good time weather-wise because it was beautiful.

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    1. It is a nice place to visit, and I'm about due for another trip down to FL. Wasn't she something to be an archeologist in her day and time?

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  2. Wow - that's a lot of devastation! If the woman didn't sell sea shells, I wonder why the tongue twister says she did???

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    1. I'd say the men didn't understand the value of her finding ancient shells by the ocean...so they were teasing her.

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  3. The story of Mary Anning is a fascinating one isn't it. I was pleased to see that Bill Bryson in his new book talks about her and at long last she is getting some of the recognition she deserves. The post hurricane photographs are most interesting - they really do illustrate the power of nature

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  4. What a great side-trip into Mary Anning and her interesting life! Good for her!

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    1. I love finding information about women scientists, especially those who were misunderstood in their own times. These are the foremothers of many of today's inspired women.

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  5. For many years I lived on the Virginia and Georgia coast and I can appreciate the havoc of hurricanes. But storms can have a kind of positive quality in unearthing seashells, fossils, buried treasure, shipwrecks, etc., something that Mary Anning probably knew about.

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  6. I see my own belated reference to Mary Anning was superfluous. The sea is beautiful to look at but can be so destructive. I'm curious about your description of living 5 doors from the ocean. Does that mean your house was on a street running at right angles to the beach? We have a beach unit half a block from the beach, ie. one street back from the front.

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