Slow Food's last big event of the season on the Gold & Treasure Coast of Florida.
Thanks to Heathcote Botanical Gardens for the perfect spot to hold an afternoon garden party.
Not one, but two Mad Hatter's showed up along with the Red Queen and Alice.
The food was delightful with dainty cucumber sandwiches, 6 kinds of tea, Lavender water, chai tea cookies, orange and lemon tea cakes.
Some of you have walked the Savannas with me before, this is how the Savanna's look at the b eginning of Spring. Yes, this warm weather has once again tricked the flora into thinking it is Spring. The bad thing about this is we could still get a heavy frost which will freeze off the delicat buds and flowers.
This photo shows the thousands of water lillys spread out over the wetlands, in past years it has been so dry there was no water and no flowers. If you look closely you can see the little spears ticking up out of the waters that soon will turn into the flower.
Look in the background for the Anhinga sunning and drying his wings.
In the foreground the tiny button growing on top of the grasses both in water and out.
A newly opened area in the pine scrub sported these lovely flowers that look like a single rose on a thorny vine. We speculate they are blackberries.
A close up of the berry flower.
We usually come to the bridge from the opposite direction and never noticed the sentries of white trees standing guard to the pine woods. These are pines that were in a forest fire.
And most important, me taken after my new hair cut!
Today our local chapter of Slow Food held a Memory Luncheon to celebrate a successful farm tour and Party in the Park for our local Conservation Alliance. I am sure many of you do not know what a Memory meal is, so here goes: it is a variation on a pot luck, each person brings a dish, the recipe to share and the memory it holds for them. One of our guests brought an ancient grain made into a salad which was delightful and different, my usband made is ground turkey and bean casserole, another made a cauliflower head iced with a combination of mayo and parm. I could go on and on the new combinations of food and recipes that most had never tried. Not a high calorie meal as there were many vegetarian dishes included
Last Saturday was our 3rd Annual U-drive Farm Tour that Slow Food hosts. This year we had 16 farms, 6 restaurants, and 6 artists painting at the farm. We covered a 4 county area, and hundreds of people attended.
The dog is found with all goat farmers, he keeps them in line and helps to protect them against predators.
The style of gardening is called Permaculture, the trees are fruit trees and eventually will be come a food forest. If you look at the leaves on some of the plants you will see the damage a heavy frost did to the crops about two weeks before the tour.