The Alabama gulf coast was originally part of French Louisiana. In 1723, work was begun on permanent fortifications to secure Mobile's position as a focal point of French settlement and colonial exploration. A large, bastioned structure built of brick on a stone foundation, surrounded by a dry moat, it was named after the Prince of Conde. The fort's cannon controlled the point where the Mobile River flowed into Mobile Bay.
In 1763 the fort was turned over to the British, along with the rest of Alabama, due to an agreement that ended the French and Indian War. At that time the fort was renamed Fort Charlotte. The British even maintained a garrison at the fort during the Revolutionary War.
However, during the 1970's approximately one-third of the original fort was reconstructed at an 80% scale. Fort Conde is the official welcome center for the City of Mobile.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The next is the 'emblem float,' which has the head of a horse at the front and Fort Conde at the rear.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
This Saturday, January 30, the Senior Bowl, which pits the college senior all-stars from the South against those from the North, will be played. Considering all of the publicity he's generating, I'm thinking they should rename it the Tim Tebow Bowl this year. The last time one player generated so much hype was when Joe Namath played in the 1965 Senior Bowl. Pro scouts from all of the NFL teams converge on Mobile for the week leading up to the game, as well as front office personnel, general managers, plus print and electronic press representatives. This year the Miami Dolphins coaching staff will be in charge of the South team, and the Detroit Lions coaching staff will be guiding the North team.
Rather than feed them bread crumbs, my friend and I would bring corn from a local feed store, which the ducks and geese really seem to like. There is a bonus to the corn: the seagulls won't eat it. And yes, even inland, there are many seagulls at the park.
The two white ducks in the picture at left I called Daisy and Donald. The little brown duck in the picture is their constant companion. I don't know if he somehow was orphaned and they 'adopted' him, but they are always together.
Since Pekin ducks can't fly, it's fun to watch them scamper hurriedly, wings flapping wildly, out of the water and up the bank to reach the corn. Meanwhile, their little brown friend simply lifts out of the water, becomes airborne, and glides to shore for its food.
Oddly enough, the geese do not bother the ducks. They only try to intimidate other geese. Here they are all behaving pretty well. This was a rather large lunch crowd.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I have been visited by possums and raccoons lately. The raccoon was captured and taken to be released into a more friendly habitat than my back yard. This possum's pal was caught in the trap overnight and awaits his next destination. Tomorrow we set the trap again in hopes of catching this fellow. He was making his way along the top of my back fence this morning.
I'm not sure if this is the same possum, but the bottom picture shows that a possum has been around since he was a youngster. Something (we're not sure what) had made a nice nest for itself underneath my house, so that was taken care of. The possums are not nearly as assertive as the raccoons, but I would rather them have a home in the great outdoors.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Today the first Mardi Gras parade of the season is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Dauphin Island. Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for the Krewe De La Dauphine. It may need to be rescheduled.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The date of Mardi Gras is determined by the date of Easter each year. Also called "Fat Tuesday," it is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which begins the forty-day Lenten season.
Mardi Gras as we now know it was started in Mobile by Michael Kraft in 1830. Having come to the end of a dinner party, but unwilling to call it a night, he and some of his friends took to the streets with rakes, hoes, and cowbells. Thus the mystic society, Cowbellion de Rakin Society, was born. In 1840 their first parade rolled along city streets.
After the Civil War, Joseph Stillwell Cain garbed himself in full Chickasaw Indian attire and dubbed himself Chief Slacabamorinico. He and six of his friends were determined to lift the spirits of the local citizenry. They called themselves the "Tea Drinkers" and paraded in a decorated coal wagon pulled by a mule. Joe Cain was a founder of the Order of Myths, the oldest mystic society in Mobile, and the last to parade each Mardi Gras season. Because of Joe Cain's involvement in the carnival activities, each Sunday before Mardi Gras Day has been designated as "Joe Cain Day."
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
of grass but that is not what I wanted. I just
had to have a huge flower bed in the middle
of the yard. You see, I had in my mind that
a cottage garden would be so, so easy, because it just looked like it took care of itself. Everything I had read said, NO~! Cottage gardens take effort to make them look so effortless. I found out the hard way, as you shall see in future posts..... stay tuned.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Maybe it's the weather, I don't know. I looked at recipes all weekend, because it was too cold to go outside. Here is a recipe that will feed a crowd (8 servings) and it's another make-ahead concoction. I don't know the source, unforunately.
White bread Package of Canadian bacon
Cheddar cheese or 1/2 chedder, 1/2 pepper jack 6 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard 1/4 c. minced onion
1/4 c. minced green pepper 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3 c. whole milk Dash of Tabasco or to taste
1/2 c. butter 1 c. bread crumbs or cereal, crushed
Butter bottom of 9 x 13 casserole dish and line with bread slices with crust removed. Layer with Canadian bacon (cut in about 1/2" pieces) and shredded cheese. Top with another layer of bread slices. Beat eggs and seasonings with milk, onion, and green pepper. Pour evenly over bread slices. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, melt butter and pour over top of casserole and top with cereal and bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 1 hour or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let sit for ten minutes before serving. Pork sausage or ham may be substituted for the Canadian bacon. Green chilies or spinach may also be added to the egg mixture.