The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa in Point Clear Alabama, has a chef’s garden where the ingredients are picked fresh daily. The strawberries, onions, carrots and herbs are harvested within hours, if not minutes of their use in the award winning restaurant.
And don’t forget the fresh mint, still warm from the sun, crushed in your mint julep – served to you on the back porch overlooking Mobile Bay.
Just beyond the garden, a curious crowd gathers beneath the shade tree at 4pm every day. Within minutes, the sound of drums approach, and from the distance, an honor guard comes marching around the corner.
The shot is heard up and down the Bay, rattling windows up to Fairhope. While holding their summer novel with one hand, the locals calmly reach up with the other and straighten the vase on the shelf. “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”
Damn the torpedoes . . . Admiral David Farragut in the Battle of Mobile Bay.
Photo of cannon firing – by my youngest son.