Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Winding Down

Vacation time is just about over... No more:
Boat rides down moss draped treed waterways
Weeki Wachee River


see the  swallowtail enjoying the nectar

Cypress tree knees

Used to make lamps out of the knees

Amaryllis flower bed full of colour

Mermaids ,at Weeki Wachee State Park
Kids loved  this show......

Just before the mermaid show was  treated to a Kelly Clarkson song video ,
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" ,was partly filmed  at the Weeki Wachee State Park .

Dining at some wonderful restaurants from Brians Place in Hernando Beach with its nouveau Spanish Italian  cuisine , met the chef , place was commented on the Jay Leno show;
to sipping icecold margarita ,

What makes this drink even better Jimmy Buffett singing in the background what else but Margaritaville
 munching on a deep fried shrimp basket ,

al fresco at the local Upper Deck Restaurant .situated at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River

overlooking the white sand of Rogers Park ,

tide is out  

watching bathers ,

shallow at the mouth of Weeki Wachee River
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Bird watching
Pelican sitting on   sign

Seeing Momma manatee and baby manatee swim by the dock ,coming up for air

Momma and baby taking  air

Azaleas in bloom ,

azaleas are blooming early this year

Finding quaint Inns with funny signs and interesting sights, Like  this sign and the  strange fellow   just off the deck.
 Bayport Inn on the way to Pine Island
Bay port Inn is a local spot known for bikers yet any I saw were all grey haired......... make great gyros!

Sign on motor says Neverude!
Grapefruit juice fresh picked from the  trees surrounding the  house 
 so sweet

 Orange  Trees in  full blossom heady is the fragrance.

early flowering  for the season
Strawberries Lusious and plump

Fresh from Plant City
Palm Trees

 Watching the Sunset thru the trees from the tree top house deck......



Crafty Gardener said...

It will be hard to leave all that behind, but on the positive side it seems spring has arrived in Ontario. We have temperatures of +15 Celsius today.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Rosemary,

I'm sorry to hear your vacation is coming to an end. I'll take your place ... lol. Have a safe trip home.

Rita said...

You sure picked a wonderful area for your vacation; we are not so luck this year...rain and wind.

Rosanne said...

Wonderful vacation photos.....would make some great scrapbook pages!

verobirdie said...

Beautiful and funny pics.
Manatees are cute.

Brenda Nelson said...

Hi. Great blog, the pictures look fantastic. I am in Alberta, Canada, we were beginning to feel like spring was in the air, the snow was even almost gone, then we got more than 8 inches of the crazy stuff so seeing your wonderful vacation and holiday pictures was very uplifting.
To see the manatee, and her baby, must have been great, they are very special animals indeed, I understand many died last year because of weather... sad.
Anyhow great blog, enjoyed very much.

Kim and Victoria said...

Sigh is right! Your vacation looks fantastic!

LJB said...

Gorgeous pics!