Tell me a story: Festive 5: December 2015

I started collecting Santa’s in 2001.  I fell in love with all the different varieties you could find in the USA. My Christmas tree went from an assortment of ornaments to my favorites and Santa’s and Christmas balls.  Then my tree went from small to large, and from a variety to Santa’s and Christmas balls.  My objective was always to try and find unique…

Tell me a story: November 2015

The other day I walked outside and I thought to myself truly Florida does have snow, it just comes in a different form.  The lawns are covered with tiny white flowers. Either side of us the properties look like this.  They are out in abundance and apparently prolific.  White like flakes of snow little the grass. Today I went outside with my macro lens…

Tell me a Story: October 2015: Oktoberfest, South Florida

If you are visiting South Florida in October, the Oktoberfest in Lantana, is one of the events you really should catch. We have tried to go every year with friends.  Having been to beer halls in Munich, this is small scale but it is still a whole lot of fun.  Bands are imported from Germany for the event.  The crowd gathers, the police monitor, the…

Tell me a Story: Day 2 on the beach

August and September came and went in a blur and I am so behind with everything.  However, the time has been sweet, rich and full, but it has also been bittersweet.  In August we had Cameron’s wedding, and I had a lot of hard work up to and including the day of the event.  The event however, was amazing and it was so good…

Tell me a story: July 2015: Vizcaya Miami

As an emigree, there is one thing in the whole process that I have found really hard.  We have no family in the USA.  It’s on those days when the world is in collision and you feel like every time you turn around things are not right, that is when you miss the one’s whom you love so much.  The family you would typically turn…

Tell me a Story: June 2015: At the end of the day….

Tell me a story comes around quite quickly when you are having fun.  This month I hope to have got it done early.  We spent 3 days down in the Keys at a place called Curry Hammock on Crawls Key.  It is a State Park and yes we are outdoor campers.  We have camped most of our life, either in tents, or a caravan, or…

Tell me a Story: May 2015 …interacting with nature

The images are not perfect but I could not resist telling this story.  You have probably seen me posting this little red Cardinal on my photography page in Facebook.  It is a beautiful bird and as a nature lover I love seeing new and interesting birds in my back garden.  However, this bird is driving us nuts.  Our windows have a reflective shield since…

Tell me a Story: March 2015: I heard a rumor…..

I was in Nashville when I got the message “Where are you?  When will you be home?”  It was Sunday and my return home was due to be Friday afternoon.  My message told me that there were new kids in town.  Ugh!! I am sitting in Nashville and life for the new kids is going to change so quickly.  And then when I get…

Tell Me a Story: Paynes Prairie: Hunting wild horses

I traveled to Gainesville to stay with my daughter Amy while she had surgery.  Her surgery was done on Wednesday morning.  Thursday Xeno, the pet rat, had surgery.  Mom had two patients to take care of.  Amy was pretty easy.  The meds kicked in and she slept.  Xeno on the other hand, was a lot harder.  The poor little mite did not understand the…

At the Lake

It’s that time of the month again, and I was stumped this month as to what to do.  I have spent most of this month looking out at my back canal or in my office.  My foot is slowly healing but I still have issues with swelling and some days by the end of the day my foot looks twice its size.  So I…