Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

We bought the Sugar Shack on old Perdido Bay on the Florida side of Lillian, Alabama in June of 2008, and rented it shortly thereafter to a friend who needed a place to hide out during a tough divorce. The nice widow we bought it from had fallen in love and moved to the mountains of Tennessee.


She left furniture, towels, sheets, dishes and even a pair of eyeglasses and a toothbrush. She was ready to go.

Our friend fell in love with the old bay, and eventually found a little hideaway of his own about a mile away. This area is a small enclave where the waterfront lots haven’t yet been scraped clean of old houses and 1950’s style trees and shrubs. Thank goodness, it is still unfashionable. It’s a funky fish camp with an old Maine coast feel, just right for two vintage honeymooners. It’s only a half hour drive from home, but a world away. No television. No phone. We’ve decided to keep it and love it for awhile. The house itself is high and dry. It sits 25 feet above sea level on almost an acre, with 140 feet on the bay.



Hurricane Ivan tore up the dock in September of 2004. But soon, there will be a new dock. A couple of weeks ago, we gave the What’s Up Docks crew the okay to clean out the old pilings and debris in preparation for the new one. The project will be completed at the end of hurricane season.


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The pilings are beautiful, and the tree limbs the guys cleared out really opened up the view. The dock will be 144 feet long with a 12 x 16 “t”shaped terminus at the end, which will be covered in a nautical blue hip roof.

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The old birdhouse wasn’t damaged in Hurricane Ivan. Buck and I agree it adds character to the view.

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