Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sunshine and Blue Skies

We've arrived at our rental house in Florida and both hubby and I love the drive through the mountains. The scenery is breathtaking and I can only imagine the colours in autumn.
 Here's a pair from the welcoming crew, part of a big flock of ibis that hangs around our neighbourhood.
Sunshine, blue skies and palm trees that are a welcome sight for two from wintry Ontario. We back along a canal which is brownish murky water but that's not obvious in this photo.
A couple of days before we headed south I went out for dinner with 18 other members of my garden club. Teapot, teacup and creme brûlée belong to yours truly, as well as the tasty vegetarian pasta dish I had.
 For everyday use my iPhone is a handy camera but when I charged up my Canon DSLR I found some pretty summer flowers still on it. Above the stunning baptisia 'Lemon Merengue',
 peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'
and Itoh peony 'Bartzella.'
From these photos and flowers in Florida I'm photographing, I'm really wanting spring to arrive soon. 
Happy February everyone! Afternoon tea by the pool this afternoon. 💜

38 comments:

  1. Your afternoon "tea" by the pool looks wonderful!
    Thankful you arrived safely and I enjoyed your photos.
    The pink peony is simply gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful day in the sunshine.

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  2. Wonderful, exotic views from Florida, Judith, and even more wonderful flower photos from your garden.
    Great photos of the birds too. Is it known why Ibis so often stand on one leg?
    A vegetarian pasta and a creme brûlée is my favourite menu when in a restaurant.
    Have a lovely time in the sunny and warm Florida! Lucky you! :)
    xx

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  3. I am glad that you had arrived safely Florida! I imagine that the mountain views through your drive must have been beautiful! Your afternoon tea looks wonderful,how sweet the heart teacup is!
    Have a good time in the most beautiful time in Florida!

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  4. Hello, so glad you have a lovely drive. The flowers are beautiful and I like your pretty teacup. Enjoy your time in Florida, the weather is awesome. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

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  5. Oh those flower photo's make me yearn for Spring too, Judith! I love your Valentine cup.
    Enjoy the sunshine!

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  6. Florida! What would I give for some warmth today. We are dealing with the morning after the ice storm here. I am staying in. There is a very thin layer of snow snow covering a sheet of ice from Denver north to Wyoming. So I will be staying in. Love the yellow peony. May is a long way away isn't. Enjoy your sunshine.

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  7. Enjoy the sunshine!
    Your flower photos were refreshing to look at on this cold winters day in Colorado, thank you for sharing your beauty with us.

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  9. Enjoy your get-away and the sunshine, Judith! The pictures of flowers are a delight to see on this cold winter's day. I am so looking forward to springtime. Your tea by the pool will be a treat in your sweet heart teacup.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  10. Judith, love your photos. And I didn't know peonies came in yellow! The Bartzella is gorgeous. Tea by the pool sounds perfectly lovely. sigh

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  11. Oh Judith, afternoon tea by the pool, how lovely, I think I'll join you please ...

    Lovely photographs and so nice to see blue skies and such colourful blooms.

    Enjoy your stay

    All the best Jan

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  12. Lucky you being able to escape the winter . Lovely photos . Have a good time and bring back some of that warmth and sunshine please . Thanks for sharing , Have a good weekend !

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  13. I know you must so happy to be in a warmer climate! It's so nice that are able spend some of your winter there. How fun that you came across lovely flowers on your slumbering DSLR...they are so pretty! Enjoy those warm sunny days a those blue skies!

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  14. OH you are so blessed to be able to escape our Canadian winter for a few weeks. It sure makes the winter pass quickly. Enjoy your vacation and the warm sunshine.

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  15. Enjoy your time in Florida, looks like a wonderful spot to spend wintery February.

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  16. That's very pretty, lumpy tea! It must be heavenly to be in a warmer climate where there are blooming flowers. Keep sharing!

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  17. So glad you arrived safely! Not the best weather to travel in. Enjoy your sunny time. The photos are wonderful. Love your sweet Valentine teacup!
    Ruth

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  18. I'm so happy for you to be in sunshine, Judith! Your photos are stunning of the flowers. I love your valentine teacup, and tea by the pool sounds delightful (of course a few M&M's make for a tasty treat!). Enjoy our special birthday month!

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  19. I have always wanted to go to Florida for the cold winter months

    I like your welcoming committee

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  20. Glad to see that you made it to Florida safe and sound. Love the tea by the pool. January was reportedly gloomier than usual as we had fewer sunny days. February has brought sunshine...but minus ten degrees temperatures. Brrr!!!

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  21. Yay! I'm so glad you had a good trip to Florida Lavender Sis! The weather has been fabulous this week...cool nights and warm sunny days! We went on the day trip to Homassassa Wildlife Park yesterday and now we're planning another day trip for Sunday. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Diane

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  22. Ah, you're probably happy there in Florida. Escaping the winter and the cold. As I remember the winter is cold, in Ontario, just like here in Finland. I think there is also a lot of Finnish people in Florida. Some people go to Spain as well. I hope that you will enjoy there.

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  23. Do have a fabulous time - I know you will, how could you not?

    It's so nice to break up winter this way.

    My sister lives in Florida have the year and on the north coast on Lake Erie in the warm months - the life of Reilly, I tell ya! Enjoy! Hugs!

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  24. Wow, that water looks so inviting and nice during these short, cold, windy, snowy days. ha, ha. It was a nice change of scenery, for sure!

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  25. Your post makes me envious for a little warm sunshine! So glad you arrived safely and are enjoying the blue skies and warmer temperatures. The welcoming committee did an outstanding job!

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  26. How lucky you are to escape our winter for a month. Enjoy every minute, and especially the flowers and greenery. Glad you are there safely.

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  27. What fun- have a great stay and enjoy the warmth!

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  28. Welcome to Florida and Lee County Judith.

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  29. All the pictures are so beautiful and refreshing...

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  30. How exciting to leave the snow behind, and enjoy the sunshine and warmth! A lovely poolside tea for sure, loved the teacup filled with chocolates, so sweet in more ways than one, lol! Lovely pictures of the peonies too, gorgeous! What a fun find on the camera :)

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  31. I love the Ibis photo :-) So cute!

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  32. The photos of the flowers are beautiful, they do make you anxious for Spring. I can't wait! Enjoy your vacation!

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