Thursday, February 4, 2016

Of Birds and Beasts

The weather and bare roads were the best we've ever experienced in driving to Florida over the years yet because the Canadian dollar is low, there were much fewer Ontario plates seen.
We're renting the same house as last year and noticed a new home being built on a nearby street. What a difference from the wood framed houses where we live.
Next door has new owners and they're having a dock built on the canal, such an interesting process to watch while floating around in the pool.
 There are still a number of empty lots with burrowing owls inhabiting them.
With all the walking and fresh air Topaz crashes on the couch a couple of times a day.
An avocado tree in our side yard has been producing fruit in abundance. I have to be quick to get any though because the squirrels and iguanas find them a tasty treat. The neighbour told me she went to pick one from their side and an iguana lunged out at her. At dusk today I heard the sound of a branch cracking in a small tree in the backyard and when I went to look, an iguana jumped to the ground and into the canal. 
Here's the beast that took over the dock last year until hubby forced him off with the hose - what a mess he left all over!
 I brought my small heart muffin pans and made a Jiffy cornbread mix for dinner one night.
Afternoon tea continues as a daily ritual only by the pool instead of in front of the fireplace. 
We're having internet issues and I'm not always able to leave comments for some reason but I'm reading posts when time allows during our vacation. 
piZap has some fun heart collages to use this month
Linking to Mosaic Monday.

49 comments:

  1. Glad you made it there safe and sound ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

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  2. The iguana does not look like such the friendly fellow. Glad that you are vacationing in such a pretty location with lots of interesting things going on. Whatever will you do with all those avocados?

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  3. Cute owls. Love the pink heart muffins. xoox Su

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  4. I'm happy to hear you arrived safely :) Learning of your trip to Florida brought back many memories... my grandparents from Canada used to go every year for three months during the winter and often my parents and I would drive out to stay with them. We would stay at the Disney World campground and of course we always went to Disney World :)

    Have fun and enjoy the sun! Hugs!

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  5. I hope you have a wonderful time! I don't like reptiles of any kind.

    Enjoy!

    Deanna

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  6. The heart muffins are so cute and I love those cushions on the sofa.

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  7. I hope you have just a great time. I love avocados, so I would be out there fighting off the critters Not sure I could handle the reptiles.
    The heart muffins are darling.

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  8. The couch and pillows are so colorful and pretty! What a treat to have the Avocados growing and fresh off the tree. Your little heart muffins are sweet as are the heart tea-time treats. I am afraid I would not care much for the visits of the iguana. Enjoy your vacation of sun and fun.

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  9. That's a huge iguana! How wonderful to pick your own avocados. I'm glad your trip down went well, and I think tea by the pool would be just as wonderful as tea by the fire.

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  10. Have a great holiday, looks wonderful except for the iguanas! :-)

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  11. Wow these iguanas are strong animals! I am glad they don't like my climate. Enjoy your stay. Groetjes Hetty

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  12. What an interesting post, Judith!
    I too like the sofa very much. Could you post a photo that shows all of it? :)
    Your afternoon tea looks lovely and the pink hibiscus bloom is really pretty.
    Enjoy your time there! ♥

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  13. Hello,Judith
    Glad to know you arrived safe. I was wondering you would fly or drive there.
    Your mosaic is lovely as always. Enjoy your stay in Florida!

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  14. What an interesting post. I have never been to Florida. I understand why they build houses of concrete down there. As cold as it has been here, a trip to Florida sounds like a very good idea. And avocados fresh from the tree--now that is a treat. I have always wanted to taste an orange and a banana fresh from the tree. Now I will add avocado. Enjoy the warm.

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  15. I love your creative collages, Judith as well as though heart shaped muffins. Not sure that I would be happy to watch construction while relaxing in a pool though!...:)JP

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  16. I adore Iguanas ... he can come sit by my pond anytime (as long as he leaves the fish alone). Love the muffins and heart shaped cakes. You are all set for Valentine's day. Enjoy Florida! Another life style, that's for sure.

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  17. I would love to see an owl...we heard a couple on our last hike. And I've never seen an Iguana but we have lots of the tiny lizards. I hope they are eating the mosquitoes. Enjoy your week! Hugs!

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  18. Hi Judith, Looks like a great place to relax and enjoy some warmer weather! How blessed to have an avocado tree. My aunt and uncles in California had avocado, lemon, pomegranate and persimmon trees and we enjoyed them when we visited. I like your tea treats! Enjoy your time in FL!
    Hugs, Beth

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  19. I hope you have a wonderful holiday in the Florida sunshine, Judith. Tea time by the pool sounds like a treat, and one to which I could easily become accustomed!

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  20. Where has the year gone? I remember your trip to Florida from last year but it certainly doesn't seem like that long ago. We commented the other day on how fast time seems to be passing!

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  21. I'm sure you're spending a lovely time there, I'm sure the climate is far too different fom the Canadian ones during this time of the year and your home there look so very cozy, I do love your pillows, as your pet dog :), and your pink muffins look so yummy !
    May your weekend be filled with joy
    sending love and hugs to you
    Dany

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  22. Would love to join you for tea! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  23. I'm happy for you that the roads were easy to drive this time. How long does it take you to get there?
    I have seen the iguanas in Mexico,but didn't know that they loved avocados! What a nice treat,though, to be able to go and pick some in your yard. I do love them in my salads and of course, guacamole.
    Those burrowing owls would also be something to see!
    Enjoy your tea by the pool, Judith! That sounds heavenly!!

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  24. On the other hand, there may be quite a tourist influx going the other direction. When we were at triple A the other day they were out of Canadian travel books! How wonderful to enjoy that abundance of Avacado. I've learned to put them as a topping on chili and it's quite nice (and healthy). Enjoy your southern stay!

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  25. Have fun in Florida! My son lives in Cape Coral, and all these things you are mentioning (the canal, the burrowing owls, the iguana. . .) make me think of him. He and his wife were just in Ohio to visit, but returned a few days ago. I have only been there once (last March shortly after they moved there), but I really loved it all. I am thinking I will have to make a trip soon to see him and all that beautiful wildlife that is so abundant.

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  26. How lovely to have pool time instead of fireplace time in the middle of winter. Oh those pesky iguana's!!!

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  27. I would not do well with an iguana sharing my space I'm afraid. Reptiles just give me the creeps. My son has always wanted lizards, but I always told him "no fur/no pet!". Lots of improvements and construction going on there, I hope it's not too noisy. Sitting by the pool with a cup of tea and heart cakes sounds divine. Glad you had a good trip down and are enjoying the warm weather!
    Wendy

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  28. Glad that you are enjoying a winter break in Florida. I like your heart collage. Sunshine Always!

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  29. Oooh, I love avocados and your cute heart-shaped muffins. Enjoy your afternoon tea by the pool!

    P.S. I enjoyed the honey tea last weekend.

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  30. Welcome to Florida! Have fun -- I hope it doesn't rain any more while you're here. Iguanas are interesting for sure, but I wouldn't want to find one on my dock! So far they haven't made it over here.

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  31. How lovely to be in the warm weather and enjoying tea outside! Those owls are really beautiful. Unlike the iguana! Your little dog is so sweet, and I love the fabric on the couch she's laying on.
    Enjoy your sunny vacation, Judith!

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  32. How lovely to be in Florida. It would be startling to have an iguana lunging out and competing with those delicious looking avocados. That would certainly get your attention. Your muffins look delicious also. Great photo of the owl and the one of Topaz made me smile. All your photos are very enjoyable. Have a happy time in Florida.

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  33. Hello, Judith, I hope the empty lots are left for the burrowing owls, they are so cute. Great shot. I love your sweet Topaz too. The iguana looks big, I would not want one lunging at me.Your corn bread hearts look cute. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  34. Came back to say thank you for hosting the link party! And to add that I love your heart collage ... I need to get more creative with mine... I'll look at Pi-zap!

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  35. I woudn't dare to go to the dock with that iguana! Your heart shaped muffins look so cute. Enjoy your stay!

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  36. Lovely place to have a vacantion! Lots of stunning aspects, deligths , too...cute the little friend on the couch and...*-* the visitor, also!
    have fun and a good time! best regards!

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  37. I much prefer the darling little owl and Topaz to that iguana! :)

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  38. Quite a change in climate. Your surroundings look and sound interesting ....and you have time to bake lovely muffins!

    Have a great week Judith,
    Ruby

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  39. Such interesting sight, Judith! House architecture fro warmer climates is very different than colder climates. That is a big iguana--it would take me some time to get used to seeing creatures like that in my backyard. Your dog must be enjoying himself quite a bit in new surroundings. Your muffins look so delicious!

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  40. That is quite a beast....hope the owls habitat stays for a while...Topaz has the right idea...rest and treats like avocados...my idea of bliss!

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  41. I'm not jealous. I'm not jealous. I'm not jealous. :-) it's okay. We only have 3 more months of winter. Lol Cute iguana sunning himself on the dock. But the pic of Topaz takes first prize in my book. Love that photo!!

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  43. Hope you're enjoying lots of R&R, with or without the Internet! (It can be a blessing to go without it sometimes, I think!)

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  44. Topaz is adorable and I really like that owl!

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  46. Wow...that house going up next door looks like it's going to be a doozie! I would love to see some of those owls...how cool! Your precious fur baby looks comfy lying there on that BEAUTIFUL COUCH...please post more photos of it too! Love the heart muffins and cakes...looks like you are enjoying your time there :) Thanks for hosting.

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  47. What a wonderful and warm time. I would rather take my tea and heart shaped goodies by the pool too! Enjoy, enjoy!

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