This morning we visited a sunflower field on 5K Farms in Plant City. The strawberries growing in the adjacent field are still ripening; until then, the flowers are available for u-pick. The weather was crisp and beautiful with a high of 61 and a low of 47. All around us was a sea of yellow… Continue reading Sunflower Sunday
The current temperature in Lakeland, FL is 92 degrees with 57% humidity. In my childhood hometown of Danbury, Connecticut, the temperature is 63 degrees but surprisingly even more humid — looks like the weathermen there are predicting rain soon. Still, the thought of a cool and rainy September afternoon has me longing for some time… Continue reading September down memory lane
Saturday afternoon, while hundreds of festivalgoers attended Tampa Bay’s sixth annual VegFest at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, we noticed one man stand out from the crowd. He was, in fact, stand-up paddle boarding along the Hillsborough River, with his stout black dog along for the ride. I will always remember this sight. All at once… Continue reading What stand up paddle boarding has taught me.
Some of my favorite times of day are when I catch a glimpse of a few birds that have found their way to our feeding area that we have made for them. We filled an old clay planter with some birdseed, including oily black sunflower seeds, and hung a pretty little glass birdbath from a… Continue reading Window birding
On Saturday we drove out to Treasure Island and St. Pete to spend our morning at the beach. When we arrived at 10:30, the sky was overcast and so we enjoyed a few pleasant hours bathing in the gulf before the sun (and the heat) finally came out from behind the clouds. My favorite part… Continue reading On Haslam’s and Hobbits (and a few things in between).
It has certainly been a while since I last wrote here. I think, though, that most of you will be glad to hear of the adventures we have been on since you last heard from us. Will took a two week vacation and we spent most of it in the gulf, watching sunsets and swimming.… Continue reading We were on vacation, and now we’re back!
We shared such a beautiful day together yesterday. Will woke up early to cook the thickest, most delicious heart shaped chocolate pancakes. Studded with chocolate chips, these rich pancakes reminded me of soft baked cookies, still warm from the oven. We ate them with butter and a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup. Piper and… Continue reading Valentine’s Day 2015
Last weekend we drove to Apollo Beach in search of manatees. A Tampa Electric power plant right by the shore provides an unlikely refuge for the mammals during cold winter months. Warm salt water flows from the discharge canal and back into Tampa Bay, thereby attracting manatees to its source. We noticed the smoke stacks… Continue reading Manatees
Piper and I sat together on the edge of our favorite fountain and read A Day at the Seashore. The sound of water rushing over stone, the feeling of a cool breeze and warm morning sun against our skin brought the story to life and left us longing for our own seaside escape this weekend. Naturally, on… Continue reading A day at the beach
Does the mention of iced green juice, a trio of exotic dips with pita bread and spicy homemade vegetable soup served hot set your stomach grumbling? What about pita stuffed with warm falafel, Israeli salad, and a generous drizzle of tahini sauce? Stuffed pepper filled with sautéed mushrooms, a “mélange” of greens, and wheat berries that pop… Continue reading Meze 119