Archive for January, 2012

January 25, 2012

Time Travel

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to travel back in time thanks to the Alafia River Rendezvous in Homeland, Florida.  The event is a pre 1840 representation of how fur trappers would gather once a year to trade.  This event is hosted annually by the Florida Frontiersmen.
Break time

For those of us who like period costumes, handmade crafts and the simplicity of days past, this is an event not to miss.  Be prepared to dress for the weather.  Closed shoes are a must.  The ground doesn’t have a lot of grass this time of the year and it can get pretty dirty.  I suggest sneakers as the camp is large and you will do a lot of walking.  I spent 2 hours at the site and didn’t even see half of the exhibit.  This year the weather was perfect and the skies provided a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Trade area

When you first arrive, you are greated with folk music and then you realize you have just stepped into the 19th century.

Horse patrol

There is a market where you can eat buffalo burgers, elk chili and brunswick stew.  Artisans show their work and some even give demonstrations.


Here is the camp’s seamstress.  She’s known as the go to person for “time period” fashion advice.  Her shop has something for everyone.


Seamstress Shop

This is Laura Sylvester, a retired teacher from Kentucky who turned her love of history and textiles into lovely hand printed fabric.

Textile Artist

The fiber shop offered many yarns, threads and free weaving demonstrations.


I can’t wait for next year’s rendezvous. Now I know better to get there early so I have enough time to see all the sites. Who knows, maybe I’ll have my own period costume and can fit in with the crowd :)


January 18, 2012

Garden Winter Gifts

Just because the garden is dormant in the winter doesn’t mean there is nothing to harvest.  If you look closely the annuals leave little presents where the flowers used to be.  Collect the seeds and label them for spring planting.

Flower seeds

Linking to Good Life WednesdayTransformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.

January 11, 2012

Beautiful Surprise

January Rose

What a wonderful surprise to find this in the garden.  Too bad the cold is here and everything will die back until March.

January 4, 2012

Stinking Bugs

Well, well well.  Just when DH and I thought the pigeon peas did not have any insect problems we spotted these little babies crawling all over the leaves.

Stink bug babies

I don’t remember inviting them over and I sure don’t want them to stay.  It’s time to break out the neem oil and put this bug nursery out of business.

Baby stink bug

Linking to Transformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.