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Hundred Acre Wood

Saturday, I wandered around trails at Blackwater River State Park near Holt. The recent rains made everything extra soggy, so I was grateful for the beam boardwalks wending through the woods. And… yes, I did execute my best Olympic gymnast dismount arm flourish when I reached the end of each segment without falling off into…

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Moss in the trees

I ambled around Eden Gardens State Park this week, enjoying the nature trails there – a hidden treasure that not many people realize are there. The park’s main feature is the rose and camellia gardens, and the old estate, Wesley House. It’s all very Antebellum. The paths were free of traffic, and the weather, for…

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Treasures from the sea

At the risk of jinxing it, Sunday dawned cloudless, sunny and warm. It was just what I needed to pull me out of my winter blues. I headed to the beach and was welcomed with wide open sand and calming ocean breezes. The rest of the week promises to be as beautiful. This weekend’s photo…

orange striped shell

2013: A year in photos

These past two weeks were hectic and crazy with all the Christmas prep. A near constant drizzle added a dreary dimension. I stayed inside most of the time trying to stay warm and dry, and working like a maniac to get handmade gifts finished and mailed in time for the holidays. I wasn’t completely successful,…

manicured lawn

The Truman Show

This weekend, I invited a friend to join me on a drive out to Seaside. For movie trivia buffs, Seaside is the actual cottage community in Northwest Gulf Coast Florida where “The Truman Show” was filmed. It really does look like a movie backdrop. Our intention was to hike around Grayton Beach, then check out…

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Hint of fall

Florida is well behind most of the country in its autumn preparations. We are still hovering in the 80s during the day, with a few cool, mid-60 mornings. It will be November before I can wear a sweater comfortably. Even though the fall foliage mainly stays green year-round, we do have a hint of color.…

Musical Echoes

This weekend I attended a Native American music festival, taking in the beauty and majesty of the culture…. as well as enjoying great food. Throughout the day exceptionally talented flutists performed, some bringing a dozen or more different instruments on stage during their session. The songs were moving and achingly beautiful. Each performer would also…