Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
The first guest to greet me was the Cheshire Cat's cousin, "Green", you know they say the cat is always greener on the other side of the fence, but I'm not so sure that's true. He had that pleased little smile on his face, so I know he was having a good time.
She poured a cup for Dolly, who has lived with me since I was five. She knows all my secrets and I know hers. I'm glad she is only drinking tea.
What's a party without a clown? Rock 'N Roland is here to entertain. He really is a funny guy. He just looks a little scary.
I think someone spiked the punch. I don't know who this fellow is but it looks like the wine has gone to his head.
The Frog Prince is here looking for his princess. From the size of that rock, it looks like he is loaded. No tea for him, he brought his own bottle of Dom Perignon.
You always need music at a party. "Mr. Blue", will play you a little toot, toot, toot, on his flute, flute, flute.
I guess it's time to move on to the next party. I hope you had a good time while you were here and that you come and visit again and again.
"Nothing is a waste of time, if you use the experience wisely" Rodin
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I tried to get as close as possible to take his picture, but he was wary of me.
He turned and looked as soon as he heard the crunching of the grass....and then he was gone. I wonder if the feeding was good enough for him to return or if he just stopped for a snack?Mr. Heron never paused in his quest for dinner. I guess he is accustomed to me.
Monday, June 22, 2009
This culprit not only covered my birdbath, but everything else in the yard. He was the main reason I was out weeding.
The croutons were still displaying their vibrant fall foliage. They were waiting for a cool breeze to come their way so they could dream of the crisp,cool, days of fall.
Sunlight glistened on the pineapple plants while their spike -like leaves reached for the sun.
My lone eggplant, a gift from a friend, has not blossomed yet, but I am in hopes that it will be soon.
Ahh...lavender, second only to rosemary of the most fragrant herbs. Her grayish blue leaves an interesting contrast to the terracotta pot was soaking up the sun.
The white bird of paradise blooms have gone from the Traveler Palms now, but the cascading leaves are still a refuge for many small creatures.
Sea Grape, a long way from the salty, sandy shore of the gulf still thrives under the Florida sun on the banks of the lake.
Where we see the buttery yellow lotus flowers, floating on heart shaped leaves waiting to become pods.
And banana fronds reaching upward like peacock tails in full glory, soon to host many bunches of finger bananas and colorful banana spiders.The huge Dracena that I planted for it's feathery leaves, a wonderful addition to tropical flower arrangements. I can't count how many lined tables, cradling platters of food at outdoor gatherings.And the ever growing fern that spreads it's beauty so fast you can't keep up with the weeding. Covering your garden at an alarming rate of speed.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The Creature with the Black Balloon comes to me from Caroline of Caroline's Crafts as part of the "Under the Sea Swap". I am so happy that he will be making his home in Florida. I know he is happy, too. At night he can sneak out of the house and terrorize the neighborhood as he slips in to the lake and waits for unsuspecting fisherwomen. Thank you, Caroline, he is adorable!
1967 Boca Grande, Whidden's Marina
1974 With the loves of his life...Stephanie and Jimbo
Happy Father's Day, Daddy... even though I am older now than you were when we lost you, I still miss you everyday. No daughter could have been loved more.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I enjoyed creating my art doll, but the best thing about the swap is that I made new friends by participating in it. Caroline had been wonderful with the advice and help she has given me with my blog. When you are just beginning there are so many things you don't know how to do. Yes, you can look them up, but sometimes you really don't know what you are looking for or what to call it. She has sent me simple, complete directions I can understand. Thanks, Caroline, you have been a big help. Now....I am waiting for a creature to crawl up on the bank in my backyard. I know he is swimming here from Virginia....I have a towel ready to dry him off.
Friday, June 19, 2009
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Sandhill Cranes were here again this morning. When they see me they come running looking for a hand -out. There are two adults and two young cranes. They wander the neighborhood in search of food. They are in the right place. Almost everyone here has bird feeders in thier yards.
This guy usually stands at the edge of the lake looking for his dinner, but this morning I captured him up in a tree. Soon he spread his wings and was soaring over the water. I love watching the birds in my yard. They make me happy just being here.
Friday, June 12, 2009
I got up early Wednesday morning to go out to the field and beat the blazing sun. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky. We were met by the Rhonda, the farm office manager, who took us to the field where we were to pick. She gave us buckets to use, picked a few berries, and made us feel welcome. The birds serenaded us with their sweet tweet voices as we scowered the field for blue gold. The berries were plenitiful and we soon filled our buckets. As the day grew longer, the sun began to take it's toll on those not accustomed to standing beneath its blistering rays. An occasional breeze and the taste of sweet berries helped to make the experience more pleasurable. The berries had a dusky hue and ranged in size, color, and taste. Each time you would eat one, you would swear it was better than the last. Soon laughter competed with the chirping birds as friends made memories of a day in the sun, laughter and hope, and the sweet taste of berries in your mouth.
I want to thank the Mixon family for sharing their blueberries with me and many others. Berries that could fall to the ground, fill my freezer to make the start of my day sweeter. I am fortunate to know a family that shares the fruits of their labor with family and friends. Each time I fill my bowl, I will think of them and once again say a silent "Thank You".
Monday, June 8, 2009
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Sunday, June 7, 2009
Apple snails are the primary food source for the limpkin, but they also eat fresh water mussels. I found a pile of them on the bank beside a cypress knee. Both parents incubate their eggs for about 27 days. The young hatch covered with down, capable of walking, running, and swimming. They follow their parents to a platform of aquatic vegetation where they will be brooded. They are fed by both parents; they reach adult size at 7 weeks and leave their parents at about 16 weeks. I will hate to see the babies leave, but hope that they come back to build their nests here next year.
Rosemary grows like crazy in my yard. I have five huge bushes of it. I use it for cooking and keep a vase of cuttings in my kitchen window so I can smell it any time I want. It is so easy to root that I give plants to friends all the time.
This gorgeous orchid surprised me this morning. It has already bloomed once this year, so I was happy to see it's beautiful face again. I guess it's time to go work on organizing. Always remember to stop and smell the flowers.