Monday, June 27, 2016

Reaping the Rewards!

Traveling the backroads has it’s rewards.

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Imagine our surprise when we passed this beautiful church one day.

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And yes…we passed it! We were on our way somewhere else and decided to come back when we had time to take a few photos.

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The sky was a pale blue with puffy white clouds and the church couldn’t have been more beautiful.

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It is the St. John’s Methodist Church established in 1852.

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And if that wasn’t enough!

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Look at the tiny replica out in this grassy area.

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AMAZING!

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What a blessing!

I’m joining Judith from the Lavender Cottage for

Mosaic Monday HERE! Thanks Judith! Red rose

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Birds…LOTS of birds in Goethe State Forest!

Driving down the dirt road in Goethe State Forest gave us an opportunity to see all kinds of critters.

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(there’s a turkey in the pic if you look close)

It was WAY off the beaten path!

And when a turkey made a turn off ‘his path’ right in front of our car, he decided to FLY!

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He looked so funny walking or waddling as fast as he could before he took flight. (I was lucky to get one photo in flight)

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Then when we came around another bend we spotted trees FILLED with birds. We had no idea what they were until we could come home and get the bird books out to ID them.

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We’ve decided they are Tree Swallows and there were 100s or 1,000s of them in the trees and in the sky!

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I stood under the tree and looked straight up to get some of the photos! What a sight!

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So that was part of our adventure last weekend!

Florida is the home to so many different birds!

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I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Big Cypress Trail in the Goethe State Forest

We took a hike…the shortest hike of the year!

(and no, I won’t count it!)

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It was short drive down a dirt road and a short hike to the end of a boardwalk.

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And the bugs were biting! We hiked in ‘double time’, took a few photos and raced back to the car.

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We had a natural repellant on but these were ‘swamp insects’ and they were out for blood!

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So what did we see?

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The Goethe Giant!

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Florida’s seventh largest Cypress tree, an estimated 907 years old, measuring 28.5 feet in circumference and 87.5 feet tall.

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AMAZING!!!

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And well worth the quick hike!

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More Info on Big Cypress trail is HERE.

I'm joining Tex for Good Fences!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A ‘Beary’ Good Week for Wednesday Wee Ones!

It’s been SO nice to have my sewing room in good order again! And when I was organizing, I came across a ‘few’ unfinished projects. I’ve been inspired by my blog friend Sandra from farm girl sam lately! She’s been busy finishing up all kinds of projects. (and reading good books too!)

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This bear was stuck in a drawer…armless and legless. He’s still faceless but at least now he can sit on a shelf.

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Or hang out with other bears in the sewing room.

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I’ve made quite a few over the years.

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I even made up my own pattern for this one. Really! I made it up!

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I wonder if eyes and a nose….a ribbon or bow…or something to wear would help?

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That will have to wait for another day! haha! After all, I DO still see a Raggedy Andy with a missing arm on the work bench.

I hope you’ll visit JoAnn today! She’s showing off her cute dolls HERE!

Anyone else joining us today?

Don’t forget to

Take Time to PLAY!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Pizza for Papa!

We had a really fun Father’s Day. We packed a picnic lunch, some snacks and lots of water and drove to parts unknown. Well…unknown to us!

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And at the end of the day, we stopped in Dunnellon at The Pizza Joint for a ‘pizza to go’! (I found their Facebook page HERE)

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We had read about this place on the internet and couldn’t wait to try it.

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Wood fired pizza! OH MY!

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They are incredible and will make it hard to eat an ordinary pizza again!

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Luckily, they are not too far from where we live and a beautiful drive to get there.

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So I’m sure we’ll be back! (ours is going in..half veggie and half meat lovers for Papa)

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peppers growing in a pot by the door

It’s a good thing we took a photo of it in the back of the car because when we got home, all ‘picture taking’ was forgotten! There’s nothing like driving home with the wonderful smell of a pizza in the car to make your mouth water!

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So it was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

Have you ever eaten a wood fired pizza?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Pileated Woodpecker on the Golf Course

I stood in my courtyard and watched this big beautiful Pileated Woodpecker the other day.

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He seems to have found something good to eat at the base of the tree.

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You just never know what might be under a leaf or two! Peck Peck!!!

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But then there might be something better up in the tree.

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Is it worth it to make the climb?

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Looks like a lot of effort!

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Maybe it would be more fun to play a round of golf!

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE

and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

(Have you noticed how many ‘talking birds’ there are here in Florida?)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Desperate for “Good Fences”

I am stuck inside this week working away in my craft room but I did take these pics of a mockingbird a couple of weeks ago!

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He was watching something and didn’t want to turn around for his photo shoot!

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And if these aren’t enough! I DID find this package in my crafting supplies.

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A natural picket fence!

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Oh look…there are flowers blooming behind the fence! haha

I'm joining Tex for Good Fences!

Don’t kick me out Tex! I’ll try to do better next week!  Winking smile