It’s hard to believe, but we are one year in at Maiden South and we are growing! We are so excited to be expanding into the space next door, and we can’t wait to utilize our original space at one. two. three. for more classes and events. We feel extremely blessed and grateful for all the support from y’all and for the opportunity for growth! Bainbridge and beyond has been oh so good to us, and we couldn’t possibly appreciate it more. If you’re able, PLEASE come join us tonight from 6-9 pm! We would love nothing more than to celebrate with each and every one of you. There will be a Street Dance on the Square, too, beginning at 6:30 pm featuring Shane Owens! So be sure to bring your blankets and cozy layers and venture out on to Willis Park.
Once again, Jess and I are so grateful for each and every one of you who have supported us this past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We hope to see you this evening.
This post is a bit belated, but I wanted to share it anyway. Better late than never, right?
A bit of a disclaimer: The first half of these pictures are from my brother- and sister-in-law’s GoPro camera!
We Kirbo sibs (aka Wheat, his two brothers, Carlyle and Parks, Carlyle’s wife Sloane, and I) paddled down Spring Creek just outside of Bainbridge a few weeks ago (was this really back in May?) and as it was my first time experiencing this gem, I wanted to shout it from the mountain tops that this is yet another reason why living in Bainbridge is pretty great. This is an amazing trip! It’s about an 8 mile (downstream the entire time) paddle that can take you about 2 to 3 hours if you paddle constantly without stopping, or an all day affair if you pack a lunch, stop to see the sights, and take your time (we chose the latter option).
To do the trip we did, you’ll want to put in at the landing in Brinson. See the map and address below:
You’ll either have to leave your vehicles ahead of time at Smith Landing (where you’ll take out) or have someone pick you and your kayaks/canoes/paddleboards/etc. up there. Again, see the map and address below:
Now that the logistics are out of the way, let me show you why you should come to Bainbridge and paddle Spring Creek!
Most of the Creek is wooded, secluded, quiet, and serene. And yes, I paddle boarded the entire way. It’s downstream the entire time, so it’s not too bad – but it was definitely a pretty intense workout! I will probably get a kayak down the road at some point, but until then, paddle boarding is too much fun. :)
So obviously, based on the name, there are multiple large springs (aka blue holes) along the creek. However, unfortunately for us regular folks, most of them are on private property. I don’t condone entering those! But there is one spring that, although privately owned, boaters are allowed in to. You’ll probably see people coming and going from it – it will be on your right side toward the end of your paddle. I can’t really tell you how to find it other than that! Just keep your eyes peeled, because you sure don’t want to miss it!
All right, now for my not quite as great iPhone pictures:
It is seriously such a gorgeous paddle and worth a trip to Bainbridge to do it. Comment below with any questions about the Creek or suggestions for other paddlers!
Ever been tagged in a “What I’m Doing Now” post? I have once. But today I’m tagging myself in one here. I haven’t shared much personal stuff on O&P in a minute, so I thought it was appropriate. I also am gearing back up to bring you some more stories about people besides yours truly, which I’m really, really excited about. As y’all know, O&P changes along with my interests, and I love, love, love learning about new things, trying out new hobbies, and sharing things that tickle my fancy in this space.
So, here is #whatimdoingnow, in no particular order:
1) Baby loving
My niece Elah is just the sweetest, cutest baby on the block, and none of us can get enough of her. And check out that adorable newborn Easter dress!
We took her for her first #ladieswholunch outing in Thomasville at Jonah’s Fish n Grits last week, which was an awesome break from a long work week.
2) A little thrifting
I haven’t done much thrift shopping as of late, but I did make a quick pit stop into Kaleidoscope last week and scored these bee needlepoint smoking slippers (that fit perfectly!) for $20 bucks. I almost can’t wait for fall to wear them. Almost.
I mentioned this before, but I’m just so grateful to have finally found a form of exercise I really identify with and love. It’s made such a drastic difference in my body, as well as in my mental and emotional health. I also want to give a shoutout to my awesome yoga instructor and owner at Lotus Yoga & Holistic Wellness, Lindsey. I’ll be sharing more about her as she opens her new studio, but until then you can find her current class schedule here. She’s helped me reach yoga goals that I never, ever would have thought I could do when I started back in January.
And speaking of yoga… I’d like to be
4) stand up paddleboarding.
I learned how to yolo/sup/stand up paddleboard last weekend at the beach with some gal pals. It is SO MUCH FUN. After seeing it on Instagram, I decided to also try some SUP yoga… Talk about a core workout! I promptly began saving my pennies for my own paddleboard.
5) seeing the Avett Brothers
A couple of weekends ago, we were lucky enough to go see the Avett Brothers in concert in Tallahassee at Cascade Park. They put on a great show and we had a blast.
Have I mentioned that Wheat broke his neck as well? Yes, this freak accident happened on Easter weekend. Boys and girls: never carry heavy, wrought iron chairs over your head… especially whilst walking on slippery, wet decks. He has a slight compression fracture in his C5 vertebrae,and we’re hoping he’ll be out of that awful neck brace very soon!
We participated in the downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk last weekend and it was so much fun! We love having Mills Brock’s photography in the shop. Come by and see if it you didn’t make it in last weekend! We’ll actually be closed this Thursday night, but we’ll be open Friday and Saturday!
7) Spring Beekeeping
It’s spring, and our sweet bee hive has swarmed no less than four times and is still kicking. With all the rain, we haven’t been able to check our two backyard hives in a couple of weeks, which we thought would be a real problem. But the sun came out yesterday and we got in both hives, and they’re both doing great. No queen cells really to speak of, and we met the new Queen Bee in said swarming hive. Meet Beeatrice!
8) Hitting Pause
Trying to make a conscious effort to hit the pause button and enjoy pretty little moments like this view of a sunset and some Lady Banks roses a couple Fridays ago at the Bainbridge Country Club.