Monday, June 25, 2018

Let’s visit the Library! Alachua County Library in Micanopy

I have such wonderful memories of going to the library in Arkadelphia, Arkansas when I was a kid. My sweet friend and neighbor Jeannie Carol would let me tag along with her. She was a couple of years older and lived across the street. We could walk to the library and always carried home an arm load of books. I don’t remember ever carrying a book bag but maybe we did. I have to remember over 50 years ago now. (that’s hard to believe!)


Arkadelphia, Arkansas Library

I’m using a photo from Wikipedia HERE.

So I decided I would take a few drives this summer and visit some of the libraries in this part of the state.


The first one I visited and photographed is the one in Micanopy.


Isn’t it a big beautiful red brick building?


The fire station was next door…


with this big tanker truck parked out front.


There’s a nice playground beyond that. Lots of wonderful benches under the big Live Oak trees at the library too.


I talked to the little girl that rode up on this cute bike. I told her I liked her bike and she was all smiles!


I go to my local library at least once a week. How about you?


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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Red-tailed Hawks “Watching my babies grow!”

I was so thrilled to see a pair of young Red-tailed Hawks at Sholom Park a couple weeks ago!


They were just testing their wings by jumping from one tree limb to another.


It was ‘challenging’ to get good photos but you get the idea.


They were even clinging to the side of the tree like a woodpecker does. So cute!


I made a point to go a week later to check on them and they were still in the same area.


They love to call and call to each other.


Looks like their feathers have smoothed out a bit just in this one week.


Just a few more!

After all they are still my babies!


It looks like this one is saying, “I don’t remember that big cone being there when I landed here!” lol


Have you seen any baby birds this year?

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park Puppet Show

I just went to the Homosassa Wildlife Park with my cousin Cindy so I was excited to see that they were bringing a Puppet Show to our local library….for kids of all ages!


So off I went to sit in a room full of wiggly, happy little youngsters to watch the puppet show.


I loved the information….I learned a lot! But I have to be fair in my review and say that a lot of the presentation did not hold the interest of the younger audience. I’m glad I went. (and I wish I could put this in small letters….but I believe the show itself could be improved and it didn’t help that it started almost 30 minutes late. By then we were all fidgety!)


I love that our local library brings so many good programs to our community. And I LOVE this Wildlife Park.


When Vickie asked how many had visited the park (it’s less than an hour away), only a few had been there.


So I hope the parents and grandparents that were there put it on their ‘bucket list’ for this summer.


It was great fun to see the animal puppets and the puppeteers worked really hard bringing everyone an entertaining and informative program. 


Thanks to Homosassa Wildlife Park for coming to Freedom Library!

Come back SOON!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Do you want to go to Micanopy, FL?

Let’s take a drive through the countryside to experience this delightful ‘Old Florida’ town. It’s the oldest inland town in Florida and has about 600 residents.


It was a beautiful day to take a drive. I love taking the backroads, don’t you?


And because of the rains we’ve had, everything is nice and green.


I just have to show a close up of these horses. (taken out of my side window…yes, I slowed down and there was no traffic on this road)


Micanopy was having a very slow, laid back day as well.


So I walked and walked taking pics everywhere I went. (enough for a ‘few’ posts!lol)


A couple of popular movies were filmed here. Doc Hollywood and Cross Creek….Cross Creek is one of my OLD TIME favorite movies. If you haven’t seen it….find it and enjoy! It’s based on the book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.


Plenty of parking downtown…that’s my BMW tucked safely in the parallel parking. (we’ll get back to that in a few minutes!)


Time to walk…






Lots to see and plenty of interesting shops to browse.


A stress free day! WHAT? I was almost back to my car when I heard CRASH!!!


A car wreck right next to my car. So much for stress free! It was a miserable day for several people so I said a quick prayer for them.


Time to GO!!!


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Beautiful Florida Photos

I’d like to concentrate on some of the beautiful birds I’ve seen this month.


Isn’t this Pelican pretty surrounded by Flamingos?


And how about this Great White Egret in flight!

The Black Crowned Night Heron is always eye catching…


and this Ibis has lots of dark feathers. (maybe a young one?)


My timing on showing ‘wild animals’ was bad last Saturday considering the terrible news of the lady that was killed by an Alligator here in Florida. My heart goes out to her family.


Alligators are dangerous and we have to realize that they are going to act like a wild animal and we have to constantly be on our guard. I still feel very blessed to get out in nature and see these amazing critters. But I am always careful. And to tell you the truth, we are more likely to come across snakes than anything else. Of course that doesn’t make me feel any better. I’ll keep hiking and spending time photographing nature though. It’s worth the risk! Or at least it is for me!


Did you get outside this week with your camera?

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Thrift Store Goodies!

I’ve found some neat things to share in my ‘treasure hunts’ at the Hospice Thrift Store this week!


I’ve always wanted a set of these handmade linens. I’ve even thought about making some. They are pouches to store or carry your silverware and napkins.


So when I saw these…with beautiful hand embroidery…I snatched them up. ($4 + I got a discount)


And who can resist a soap dish with roses,


made in Cornwall England! ($2 + a discount)


Then when I stopped at the library on the way home, these quilting books were in the ‘giveaway magazine bin’. I don’t quilt….YET! But they have some beautiful photos and some small projects (like pin cushions) inside. And I always give things back when I no longer need or want them.


So that was some of my fun this week. Too hot to get out in nature and we are still having those little pop up showers every day. It makes it hard to plan fun outdoor activities.


Have you been thrift shopping lately? Found anything good?

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