Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Favorite Day in Cozumel

 An Impromptu Stop 

We had rented a taxi while in Cozumel last year to take us around just so we could stop when 
we spotted a place we would like to explore


The color of the water in the Caribbean is just exquisite  


 Standing at that beautiful cement wall we could see across the inlet


 We then walked along the wall to see what lay beyond.


 We spotted our ship!  

Also we found iguanas the size of possums!



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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Miniature Village to Enjoy

 At the Spring Hill Botanical Gardens, one area is devoted to a darling little village.  It's all set upon a hill looking like a time has forgotten it.

Here you can see smaller houses tucked here and there.  The train was not running today but as with any small town, daily service is not always available!


The back side of the hill has a lovely waterfall

 Pink foliage watered by the spray of the falls 
says SPRING!


 Also next to the falls these pink beauties reside.  Isn't it the sweetest little blossom?


 I enjoy finding new flowers like this one above.  
Especially when they are pink! 

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Hill Botanical Garden Part II

I barely touched the surface with my photographs and the photographs hit the highlights mostly.  The garden is located in a what appeared to be a small area on the map but with so many meandering pathways they have made good use of the land and created quite an extensive garden.  

Here are photos from just the area that they located all the cactus and succulents.

 I enjoyed the little sculptures which is one of the features of this place, everywhere you find little whimsical items tucked here and there, hidden until you turn a corner.  



This was huge cactus was twice as tall as I was and was huge over all.  It seems that the yellow stems come out a bit further then the bloom dies and falls off.   The path was littered with them and there were still hundreds all over the bush.



 As with any desert, you will find bleached bones among the cactus!



 Potted cactus had so many varieties, you can see larger versions
of  all the photos by clicking on them.



 Just to the right was a lovely bench where I could view the entire cactus garden.  The day was cool and there was a cool breeze so sitting on the bench in the sun was nice!  It's not often in Florida that you can enjoy sitting in the sun.




 A little Zen going down with all the rocks placed just so.


 Moving along to the next garden.  

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Botanical Gardens in Spring Hill Florida

In the late winter the trees are still leafing out, leaving dappled shadows on the path.



It was a great surprise to me to read, in an advertising newsletter that came in the mail, that there was a botanical garden very close to home.  The newsletter listed events coming up in the area and mentioned a garden club in Spring Hill that was going to have an upcoming lecture on backyard gardening exclusively with natural Florida plants. When I looked up the club it mentioned that they owned and operated this botanical garden.  I decided that I would not delay going, I would go today.


It was far nicer than I expected and much larger

The photo above and below is part of the fantasy garden.

The lattice makes a pretty shadow!

 Then you follow pathways under twisting branches and through lush greens


The Oriental Garden was charming


 It led to a lovely pond


 This beautiful plant, placed in memory of someones beloved, was in full bloom


 Lily pads didn't hold any frogs today


 There were lots of benches to sit quietly and listen to the wind brushing past casting shadows over me from the overhead trees.


 A tiny magnolia tree was in full bloom by the gazebo.

The blooms were exquisite!  I thought about the Pink Saturday blog.  I haven't posted there in quite some time but will now.


 While I was sitting in the gazebo I welcomed another lone visitor, Joyce.  She is traveling and stopped here in the midst of her trip.  She and I had a delightful visit.  Two kindred spirits who connected immediately.  We discovered we had at one time lived pretty close together in Michigan, so had much to talk over.  It was a happy coincidence we met and are now Facebook friends.


Before leaving we both photographed this rose, one of the few left in the rose garden.  


There is much more to this garden, which I will share in the next post.  

It's a joy to know I can visit from dawn to dusk any day of the week and it's just down the road.




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Friday, March 6, 2015

Identifying an Antique Photo


This is a photo of my Great Grandmother Elizabeth Jane and her husband William McDougall


It was not marked and was just an unidentified photo in a book.  

Since I have been doing genealogy I have studied these people in the known photographs and when I came across this one, I knew who they were.  I knew almost immediately as Elizabeth looks so much like my mother, at that age.  

I have an older photo of William out in front of their sod house with my grandmother, their oldest daughter.  He is hard to see as he is wearing a derby hat but just putting two and two together, plus the mustache which he wore in his Civil War Uniform photo is the same.  He looks kind here, not as rough as the later photo, not quite as handsome as the earlier one.  But it's definitely him.  


As soon as I can locate those other photos.....I'll post them. 

Found this one of him - the rough one!






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