Monday, November 21, 2011

DeTonti Square Historic District

DeTonti Square Historic District contains the largest concentration of antebellum homes within the city. Brick townhouses with cast iron galleries predominate though a few fine examples of early "creole" cottages can also be found. Here one can see the homes of successful merchants and statesman, as well as Napoleonic and Saint Dominguan Refugees who re-built their lives in America. The district was named after the early explorer and fellow Italian, Henri Detonti, who, along with Iberville and Bienville helped found Mobile.




Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lemon Trees

Price of lemons at Wal-Mart - $0.49 each

Price of lemons at Winn-Dixie - $0.99 each

Growing your own Lemons in your backyard...Priceless

Many things convey the image of life on the gulf coast. Mythical pirates, Jimmy Buffett, and palm trees to name a few.  But there is something special about having your own lemon tree.  It is one of those tangible items that reminds you that you are living in paradise.  Our youthful tree has done well despite the record cold temperatures the past two seasons.  It has actually fared better than some of our more cold hardy citrus.   It produced 26 lemons this year and next year I'm hoping for a bumper crop!