Posts tagged ‘Photo’

October 6, 2012

Niza

Niza

 Little Niza taking a much deserved nap.  She keeps the grasshoppers under control in the garden.

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February 15, 2012

Spring is right around the corner…

For the seasons at the Creek are marked, not by the calendar, but by fruits and flowers and birds.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek 1942

Pink Azelea

Pink Azelea

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.
Music

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.

Potter

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

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.
Yarn

Thread

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 :)

Camp

November 2, 2011

Cosmos

Cosmos Flowers

Florida’s weather is at it again.  Saturday’s forecast was for showers all day but for some crazy reason, the sun decided to make a surprise visit in the afternoon.  I was thrilled.  Our kitten Niza is full of energy like a 12-year-old and was literally bouncing off the walls.  Rainy days are an unfair punishment to her and she definitely makes us aware of her boredom by running around the house and playing with “no,no” objects.

So we were both thrilled to go outside even for a couple of hours until the next shower looming over Tampa would arrive at our yard.  Yes, I had to rearrange my chores for the day but I got a chance to harvest some flowers.  This time I got enough for 3 vases!  I also shot some amazing photos.  I’m so happy with this annual bed and its instant gratification.  I’m convinced I need to make another one.

Just in case you missed it, the post on how to make your own annual flower bed is here.

Linking to Transformation Thursday and Inspiration Friday.

September 3, 2010

Leap of Faith

You got to love your kids.  Especially they way they communicate with you when the’re older.  Di has returned to the US after a 2 month stay in Costa Rica.  She acomplished all the goals she set for herself: learn how enviromental protection laws have benefited the country, document how they they manage their sustainable agriculture and become fully bilingual.  Every week she made contact with us and sent pictures of all her travels.  She made a quick stop here to FL before heading to her next adventure.  Before leaving, she left me this video…

Ahhh, yeah.  I love how she just handed me the DVD, took off, never said anything to me and I find out she went bunjee jumping when I decide to watch it.  If you are a Mom, you know what I’m talking about.  But that is so her, brave and free.

I couldn’t get that image of her free falling out of my mind.  I can relate to it because I’m a lucid dreamer and in my dreams I can fly whenever I want to.  The feeling is awsome and liberating.  It’s the same feeling any crafter or artist feels when they are creating something.  We don’t know how it will all end, but it doesn’t matter because the journey is what we enjoy.

Flying Muse