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Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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.






  
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MILPAM3 4/16/2014 6:44PM

  What fun!

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/16/2014 5:54PM

    What fun! You look adorable.

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KEKEIKO 4/16/2014 5:46PM

    Now that's my cuppa tea! emoticon emoticon

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FROSTY99 4/16/2014 5:42PM

    Looks like a great time was had by all. It is always fun to do something totally "out of the ordinary" and this sure was. Glad you had a good time and a great place for the tea party to be held.

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ABZ2010 4/16/2014 4:30PM

  What fun! I'm sure it was a great time!

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THINAGIN2 4/16/2014 4:15PM

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures! Looks like great fun!

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JAYDEE1211 4/16/2014 4:12PM

    How lovely. What a great idea!

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MAMA2FOURKIDDOS 4/16/2014 4:02PM

    Looks like fun!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 4/16/2014 4:00PM

    Such a happy blog. I love tea parties.
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Back at the Indrio Savanna Preserve

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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!

  
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FANCYKAYAH 4/3/2014 6:33PM

    Thanks for all your fabulous comments on my blogs. Hope the cats are well and my cat is looking better now that he doesn't eat so much, we cut back on his food a little and he is outdoors more so he can catch rodents and try and catch birds again!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/22/2014 3:42PM

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KEKEIKO 3/2/2014 10:56AM

    Nature is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pictures. I love the bridge. I crossed one similar when I was hiking down in TN.

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BILLB000 3/1/2014 10:56AM

    Those are wonderful photos and a splendid place to walk and spend time. I share your love of natural areas. I am lucky to live close to a couple of nature reserves. Like your new haircut by the way. emoticon

Thank you for sharing the photos.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/28/2014 10:25PM

    You have a beautiful smile! The haircut looks great too:)
I love the reflections of everything on the water. Thanks for the tour!

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LISA579 2/27/2014 3:18PM

    Love the hair cut. I love the pictures how lovely

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LIVINGFREE19 2/26/2014 9:24PM

    Love the pics, and you look great!!!!!

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FANCYKAYAH 2/26/2014 9:14PM

    Great photos and lesson, thanks, very informative and interesting~
Lovely haircut!

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SPARKLED146 2/26/2014 6:08PM

    Beautiful scenery and beautiful you!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/26/2014 6:01PM

    What a lovely area. I do hope you don't get all that frozen off, for sure!
Love the new do!! That's probably what I will do when the warmer weather gets here to stay. (As long as I can still put it in a ponytail as hot flashes make that necessary.....hehe) You look great!
Take care, my friend!! ((HUGS))

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La Strange Preserve

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

This is a beautiful trail, challenging in parts. We were happy to be under the live oaks during most of the hike.

Putting in place for canoes to the creek

another snap of the lake, note the clouds reflected in the water and the two dots further along are ducks

This is me, not looking my best after climbing the banks of 10 Mile Creek, note the airplant blooming just to my right over my head

  
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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/22/2014 9:12PM

    You look very relaxed and content:) Thanks for posting these photos. I love seeing places I haven't been to before.

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/20/2014 2:38PM

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures. You are beautiful!

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PURPLEPEONY 2/19/2014 12:25PM

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QUEENIEBELLE 2/19/2014 9:57AM

    Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing. You look great- fit and healthy! We love getting out in nature too.

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LADYRH 2/19/2014 6:28AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing

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RUDITUDI2000 2/19/2014 12:37AM

    I am so blessed to see your beautiful pictures today! I wanted to hike today but knew the mud would be out of control with all this melting snow in the midwest. Finally sunshine here and temps in the 50's, after having ice storm yesterday am! Crazy winter is all I can say! Maybe there will be less bugs this summer, making for some great hikes in nature.
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SHARON10002 2/18/2014 10:31PM

    Great hike! Loved your pictures! You must be someplace with a year round warm climate based on vegetation.

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LISA579 2/18/2014 8:33PM

    I love your pictures. It is so strange to see somewhere that doesnt have snow.

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OLDERDANDRT 2/18/2014 7:37PM

    Looks like an absolutely beautiful day!! What was your temp for this hike? Sounds like you were glad to have shade! We made low 60's today and was beautiful.
Take care, now!! ((HUGS))

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KEKEIKO 2/18/2014 6:55PM

    WTG getting out there and enjoying nature. I like that your ground is green and not white like here. Even your blue cloudy sky is inviting.
That's how I look when I'm out hiking. I pull my hair back and no makeup. You look healthy! Thank you for sharing your pics Sheryl.

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BRENDA_G50 2/18/2014 5:41PM

    Pictures were great, I love to commune with nature, it's so relaxing. emoticon

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SPARKLED146 2/18/2014 5:26PM

    Beautiful photos! It must have been a great walk!

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FROSTY99 2/18/2014 5:20PM

    Looks like a good hike-I love to be able to get out into nature-God blesses us with such wonderful sights.

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THINAGIN2 2/18/2014 5:02PM

    It looks like fun, thanks for sharing the pictures!

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Memory Luncheon

Sunday, February 16, 2014

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


  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/18/2014 12:11PM

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BRENDA_G50 2/17/2014 5:46PM

    Good thing I already ate lunch or I would be drooling all over my keyboard! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 2/17/2014 4:46PM

    Yummy!!! It all looks so wonderful!! Great idea for making a pot luck more meaningful!! If I ever have anything to do with pot lucks again, I might suggest doing it this way!! Yummy and interesting!! Thanks ! ((HUGS))

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2BEHEALTHY2014 2/17/2014 9:03AM

    I like the idea of sharing the recipe and the memory. Better than an ordinary potluck.

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LISA579 2/17/2014 8:19AM

    Looks funa dn yummy. What a great idea

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LADYRH 2/17/2014 6:30AM

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/17/2014 6:04AM

    Sounds like a delicious and fun event. emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 2/17/2014 5:22AM

    Sounds like it must have been a great time - and those dishes look scrumptious!

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JAYDEE1211 2/17/2014 3:30AM

    What a lovely idea and the pics made my mouth water!

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FANCYKAYAH 2/17/2014 12:14AM

    I think for a memory lunch I would share gumbo or jambalaya! But vegetarian food would be my choice right now. That sounds like a lot of fun to participate in!

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KEKEIKO 2/16/2014 11:17PM

    I'm drooling Sheryl. I've never heard of a Memory Party but that's along the lines of my kind of party. It's wonderful to share different dishes with friends.
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U-Drive Farm Tour

Friday, February 14, 2014

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.

  
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MESEATURTLE 2/15/2014 2:30AM

    Very cool !!

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BILLB000 2/14/2014 11:24PM

    Love the photos in this blog. What a concept and effort you are involved in. I have two farmer friends who are organic growers and I get all my produce from them in season. Thanks for sharing the pics.
Bill

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FROSTY99 2/14/2014 8:28PM

    Thanks for sharing your tour photos. It is wonderful that more and more folks are getting into growing their own food again. As a kid if we didn't grow it we likely didn't eat it.

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SPARKLED146 2/14/2014 7:56PM

    Interesting photos- fun to see!

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OLDERDANDRT 2/14/2014 5:56PM

    So neat!!! I'd have loved to gone on that with you!! (Love the dog, too!)
So sorry about the heavy frost hurting some crops. It's been one of those winters.
Thanks for sharing the pictures! Very interesting! (((HUGS)))

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FUSIONFITNESS3 2/14/2014 4:40PM

    Sounds like an interesting tour.
Maria

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BRENDA_G50 2/14/2014 12:13PM

    I've never heard of that type of tour before. I think it's great that farmers can grow their own food. I know a lot of hard work goes into this and would love to have enough space to be able to grow my own too. Dogs are wonderful and can do such amazing things like guard the livestock from predators, they are faithful, loving, and truly one of God's most wonderful animals. I hope the crops rebound from the heavy frost. Thank you for sharing this adventure with us.

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FANCYKAYAH 2/14/2014 10:30AM

    This was a wonderful entry, I like reading about working dogs though!

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KEKEIKO 2/14/2014 7:36AM

    That tour is amazing! I've recently watched video's with farmers using canines for predator control. You know this is right up my alley. Thank you for sharing this Sheryl.

I realize the three pictures are of the same garden but the first pic resembles a keyhole garden which I've recently learned about as well.

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LADYRH 2/14/2014 6:28AM

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LISA579 2/14/2014 5:38AM

    That is awesome. I have to saw it is so strange to see grass when we here are full of snow. I love when you have pics lie this. It is wonderful to see the green

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EMSSBEARS 2/14/2014 12:08AM

    I think that is awesome I have never heard of that type of tours before. I am sorry about the frost doing damage to the crops but the look like they are in good condition to me for the most part I hope that the majority of the gardens were undamaged. What a wonderful idea. The dog is beautiful (but of course I am partial to dogs). Keep up the excellent work.

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