Tell me a Story: January 2019

It January and my story this month is about the new additions to our family.  Not mine, but Amy’s and Daniel’s.  So I guess that makes them grandkits.

At the end of November a friend sent a text to Amy and me asking with we wanted the little black and white cat.  She had found it crying in the parking lot.  The next day she texted again and she had found the rest of the litter, but no mom.  Of course, Amy had to have it and so Snow and Rory joined the family.

Amy had not moved into her apartment yet, Daniel had not arrived yet and she had to go to Philadelphia on business.  So guess who came to stay with me.  Much to my two’s disgust the kittens moved in.  They are pure delight, innocence and mischievousness all rolled into these two bundles of fur.

My tabby Simba, growled and hissed at them.  The gray and white cat, Mirrabelle, that came to stay temporary, and which never left, is not much older than a year was not quite sure what to do with them.   The first three pics are from the first visit, the rest are from the end of the year visit.  Oh and Snow is now Jon Snow as Amy discovered Snow was a he and not a she 🙂


These two siblings sleep like the ying and yang.


I was with them in my office one evening only to discover that they had both found my brief case and taken their turns to pose in it.


The both spent the evening exploring my office.

 One of the days I took them outside to do a photoshoot with them.

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The second visit they were a little braver.  Simba still hissed and growled and walked away disgusted.  Mirrabelle spent time attempting to corner them or play with them.  They quickly discovered that if they ran up the stairs they could peer over the railing and be safe.  They also liked to explore outside on the deck.  The one day they found a gap between the ferns and lay down and went to sleep.

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Snow hanging out

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Rory exploring the flower bed

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Rory kind of tired

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Rory – I need to rest

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Snow – me too.

These two are a real delight.  I don’t see them often enough but love it when I do.  Snow is kind of an attack cat.  He waits for Rory to be either below him or doing something else and then next thing he pounces.  Rory on the other hand takes a little while to figure things out but once he does he is a delight to watch.  I am so glad to have these guys as part of our lives.

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30 Minutes in the Life: January 2019

Over the winter months West Palm Beach has a green market at the bottom end of Clematis Street.  Two week ago I was supposed to go up and join Amy and Daniel at the market but things came up and I did not get up there.  Last week I drove up to West Palm Beach and we headed down to enjoy the sights and sounds.

First off there was a flea market leading up to to the green market that we meandered through.

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The streets were lined with vendors and I love all the interesting things I find at a flea market.

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Beautiful handmade baskets.  I loved the one with the candle inside it.

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So I now know what to do with all of Richard’s golf clubs. Make a dog.  I thought this was pretty cool.  The bicycle at the very end of the table was made with a bicycle chain.

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Jewelry and stuff toys made for an interesting table.

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Reloved – not quite sure what that means but I am assuming that it is existing clothes with a new take on them.  I did love the banner though.

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I did not get up close enough to decide whether these were pens or decorative hair pieces but I really loved the vibrant colors

At this point we had reached the green market and I was looking forward to finding the spice stand.

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I always love to see orchids.  They remind me of my dad.  These Vanda orchids were outstanding and I while I wanted to get some there was so much to still see that I found myself moving on to the next stand.

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What a wonderful burst of color these cacti created.

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And then I spent some time here at this particular stand looking at all the different spices.  Mmm the smells were awesome and I walked away with with a red curry, lamb rub spices, Marsala, and another version of curry.  I had got what I had come for.  A few stands on I found another Indian store where I bought some beef samoosa’s for Richard.

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These cute little air plants could definitely find a place in my home.

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I just gave Amy three round glass balls after her wedding with the idea that she could make some small terrariums.  These were the perfect examples for me.

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And then I found the lady selling tea.  Tea has a special place in my home.  My grandmothers, mother and aunts drank tea.  I drink tea.  But one of the best memories is always triggered by the smell of vanilla tea.  My friend Gavin, who is no longer with us, always used to invite me into the kitchen when I visited for a cup of vanilla tea that he had brought back from the Maldives.  He always said the others did not appreciate the Vanilla tea.  Of course I left with a packet of vanilla tea.  Just opening it up and smelling it makes me feel good.

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The fruit and veggies looked delicious.  Poor Daniel became the one to carry all the purchases.

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Another spice dealer.  A little more expensive but I loved that you could see what had gone into make up the spice.  Daniel decided to smell one of the spices and spent the next 10 minutes sneezing.

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Chilli’s – the colors were so vibrant and enticing.

And then we were heading back up to the flea market. My 30 minutes is up but I am going to share the rest of our outing.

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Hand made butterflies that were so delicate and beautiful.

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Colorful beads each design worked into the clay before the bead is even rolled.  Of course, I loved the black and white beads.  Amy says I need more color in my life.

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I loved these big flowers made out of recycled soda bottles and spray painted.  Amy decided that her and Daniel would have a project soon to make their own.

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And just because.  I thought of my cousins daughter daughter who has just had a sweet little girl.  I could see her in this outfit.

As I expected Amy was hungry and we needed to go for something to eat.  Actually I was hungry as well – I skipped breakfast to get up there as early as I could, so we spent some time eating before heading back to the car.  On the way I could some of the beautiful graffiti that you can find in WPB if you go looking.

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Some of my favorite artwork is on the walls in Clematis Street.

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I had to crop this one as someone in their wisdom put a gas heater in front of the bottom of the artwork.

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I loved this colorful encouragement of friendship.

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Cartoon characters and more.  I love how the artists minds work.

Going to West Palm Beach is always fun for me, especially heading down to Clematis Street and the art district.  If you are in the area stop by and enjoy what the city has for you.  Clematis Street has lots of little restaurants, pubs and places to hang out along with some awesome graffiti if you are happy to go looking.

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Share Six: January 2019: Wide

So the New Year has begun and it is countdown until the end of the year. Let me start out by saying Happy New Year. May 2019 be a blessing to you. May your home be filled with love, joy, peace, family and good health.

I am so excited to begin another year with the Share Six team. These ladies are amazing and they push us out of our comfort zone each and every month. This month I chose the theme {Wide}. This is somewhat hard for me – I am very attached to my zoom lens.

A visit to Bok Gardens in December required me to photograph wide. The gardens were gorgeous and the trees were outstanding. I loved all the moss on the branches and the Spanish moss hanging from the trees.

News Years Day has seemed to become a tradition for me to get up early in the morning and head to the ocean to watch a new year begin. The opportunity to start again, to write a new story of 365 days. I am conscious that I am getting older and time is getting shorter. I want to enjoy every moment of each day and what it has to offer. I am hoping that this year brings more travel, new faces, new friends, and the meeting of new family. I hope that your 2019 is a year filled with many joys.

Last but not least I took myself off to the local Wetlands to watch the sunset. I did a short walk around the board walk and then headed up to the waters edge to wait for the setting sun. There was a bank of clouds but the sky did light up as the sun set.

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Tell me a Story: December 2018

December was a busy month, starting out with the wedding. There was a lot that went into it, and a lot of last minute changes. Suffice to say we survived the wedding. It was beautiful and we were thankful to watch the faces of Amy and Daniel as they shared their commitment to each other.

The other highlight was the fact that my brother was coming into town for a conference and was planning to spend the weekend with us. He arrived the day before the wedding. It was so nice to have family in town, especially when there is only 5, now 6 of us.

I had decided that I would drive him up to Orlando after the wedding for his conference. Richard decided that he would go with and we would travel via the middle of Florida stopping off at a place called Bok Gardens. I have wanted to visit this place for a while now and we know that my brother loves walking through different gardens.

Bok Gardens were stunning. The owner many years ago wanted to retreat to nature and built these beautiful gardens. He also built on the property what is know as Bok Towers. This is called the singing tower. On the hour music plays. Amy has visited the Towers and actually gone up and she says there is a organ up in the tower and if I remember correctly a recreation room with a library. On this particular day they had musical recitals at certain hours that played Christmas Carols.

So here are some of the images I captured while walking through the gardens.

Bok Gardens
Bok Gardens
Bok Gardens

There was so much more to Bok Gardens, and quite honestly I would visit again in a heartbeat, and not had a time frame to leave. If you are in the Lake Wales, Florida area, stop by and visit these beautiful gardens, they are so worth it.

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30 Minutes in the life: December 2018

Oh and so the year draws to a close. This month we chose to do a festive five. We are all busy and tired and ready to take it easy. I know for one I am. The last 4 months have been hectic, and the first weekend in December we had the privilege of hosting, decorating, planning, taking photographs, and watching our baby girl marry the man of her dreams. Suffice to say I was ready for the Christmas / New Year break. Already half of it is over and I feel like I have really done so little. However, that said the break has been great and I am hoping that the next 7 days will have me refreshed and ready to kick back into a busy schedule at work.

I thought about sharing Christmas photo’s but honestly I did not take to many, and besides I have been editing wedding photo’s for the last 3 weeks. However, my brother flew in for a conference the day before the wedding and I was so grateful that he was there. When you have no family in the country you are living in, it is always a blessing to have them fly in. After the wedding we drove him up to Orlanda, via the middle of Florida, and stopping at a place I have wanted to visit for at least a year – Bok Gardens in Lake Wales.

My festive five come from their beautiful Christmas gardens.

This was a great way to get ready for the Christmas season. The beauty of the gardens and the stunning Christmas decorations kept us there longer than we had planned, but it was so worth the visit.

This leaves me with one wish, that you may all have a blessed and wonderful 2019. I wish you love, peace, joy, good health and blessed time with your families.

Thank you for sticking with us for another year of 30 Minutes. Just a reminder that this is a circle blog, so take some time to visit my friend Stacey of Stacey Markel Photography, and see what she has for you this year.

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Share Six: December 2018: Bokeh

How did we get to December??  It feels like this year just started out.  I have had a tough few months work wise that have kept me really busy. Add to the mix was a wedding.  Yes my daughter got married last weekend and things have been kind of hectic trying to get everything in place.  And add to all of that my brother flew into town and since I don’t get to see him all that often, we spent time with him and then drove him up to Orlando. So this month I will confess that my theme is made up of one old and five new. 

We did a bit of a road trip en route to Orlando via Lake Placid, Lake Wales and Bok Gardens.  We also did a walk about The Swan and The Dolphin Hotels and the boardwalk closeby.  I have attempted to get some night lights as well.  It would really have helped if I had remembered to take my lensbaby with me.  

I hope we get to see your take on the theme bokeh.  In the meantime here are mine.  

Tree Nymph
Bok Gardens – Monarch Butterfly
Weeds at Bok Gardens
Unusual plants at Bok Gardens
Lights on the water from the Boardwalk – Orlando
Lights on the water from the ferry – Orlando

A little bit about Bok Gardens.  You can find these beautiful gardens in Lake Wales Florida. Edward Bok immigrated from the Netherlands to America.  As a young man Bok’s grandmother told him to “make you the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it,”  He did strive to do that and beyond his death the foundation has continued to follow his dreams.

It was definitely a pleasure to walk through them and just to enjoy the peace, along with visiting the very interesting Singing Tower.  On the hour music plays and yesterday at 3pm there was a concert.  I would certainly encourage you to stop by if you are interested in visiting these peaceful gardens.  Look out for more on our visit to Bok Gardens in an upcoming blog.  

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Tell Me a Story: November 2018: Heading back to Portland

Well it looks like WordPress has made some changes to it’s layout so hopefully I will get this write.

This month for Tell me a Story, I am picking when I left off at the last blog.  If you read it you will know that my whale watching expedition was a total failure and we were plagued by fog.  I am picking up from where I left off – heading back to Portland.  If you did not read our whale watching disaster you may want to do so here.

And can you believe it the fog is lifting and we can see this beautiful lighthouse
From the others side of this Portland Lighthouse.  I thought I would go black and white for this image
And just like that the fog has lifted.  Spirits have picked up a bit and I am sure we are all eager to get off this boat.  
This is the light house that was shrouded in fog on our trip out.
Fort Gorges is just off the coast of Portland in the bay area.  It had been part of my plan to try and take the time to kayak out to this fort, but unfortunately we ran out of time.  
Views heading back into the Portland Harbor.  I felt inclined to go black and white on this particular image.  

We saw a few of these big passenger liners on our trip back into Portland.  If you remember they were shrouded with fog on our trip out.  
I loved this boat heading across the bay as we headed back in to dock.  
Ironically it appeared to be beautiful weather to go sailing.  
And so we are back to the harbor.  Thanks Portland for all the fog.  

To say I was disappointed that I did not see whales is an understatement, but so is life, you win some you loose some.  Tomorrow is another day and who knows a third time I may be lucky.  

This is a circle blog and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has got up to this month.  Follow the link here to see what my fellow blogger LUPJi Photography | North Virginia Based Photographer has for you this month.  Don’t forget to leave a little love on his page.

If you missed the Salem and Manchester by the Sea, the first part of Wells Beach ,  the second part of Wells Beach and the first part of our visit to Portland click on the names and go and check out our road trip adventure.

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