We had a wonderful Mothers Day yesterday and I hope all of my blog friends who are mothers, grandmothers or were fortunate enough to celebrate the day with your mother enjoyed it as much as we did.
We had brunch at the beautiful and historic Club Continental which is about 10 blocks from my house. It is a wonderful old estate home which encompasses 27 acres on the banks of the St Johns River. The Italianate mansion was built in the 1920's by the Palmolive Soap family and is still owned today by the great granddaughter. You can see the history of the club on the website if you have any interest. I am so pleased there is so much of Florida's early history right in my own area. When you enter the gates you feel like you have stepped back into old Florida - the 300 year old live oaks heavily draped with spanish moss - it just beckons you back to an earlier time.
Here are a few photos we snapped yesterday after brunch.
Mom and I are standing in front of the Club Continental - the courtyard includes lovely landscaping and a circular koi pond surrounds this island we are standing on.
I don't know what my dad was doing - I did take another shot but my mom was looking goofy in that one so I opted for this one since she looks good and Jody looks good.
A beautiful fountain dedicated to the memory of Caleb Johnson Massee - one of the recent owners of Club Continental who passed away in 2010. You can see the beautiful live oaks surrounding the circular drive.
Here is a shot from that fountain back to the mansion - check the website for some much better views and shots of the interior. If you are ever in this area - they have suites available to the public and it is the site of many weddings and other functions.