Dreaming of Christmas

Me and MLW

A Florida Christmas many, many moons ago!

Here I am hanging the wonderful (Vogue Knitting) stocking that my mother made and my cousin with her “Florida stocking”! My grandparents wintered not far from Disney World and each year sent money to their daughters for a trip to Florida – or to put in the savings account. The two of us, the youngest of all the cousins, loved the (overnight) trip down on the train, from Trenton, New Jersey. Seeing poinsettia growing in the ground,┬áhaving molded ice cream every night for dessert at the clubhouse and generally being spoiled by all the older people in the neighborhood was our idea of great fun.

Hope you all have a special Christmas…

Warm Breezes…

I am entertaining myself for several days in the Tampa area while Peter is working at corporate headquarters! We brought the strong Chicagoland wind with us on Sunday and had an exciting landing… As we drove along the coast, the wind/kite surfers were out and the waves were frothy. It’s sweater weather in the morning – just a lovely temperature.

Tampa is a huge, sprawling city in 5 different counties, I think, but I wanted to see “Tampa proper”, so I drove downtown. I spent some time wandering around the historic Hyde Park area. First I noticed a wonderful smell and followed my nose to a jasmine vine and then I saw they are everywhere!


And then I discovered some gardenias….be still my heart…


Many people think that Florida is all theme parks and tacky tourist stores, but I know better and was searching for “old Florida”, which I found Hyde Park. There are cozy cottages…


Grand homes…


And some in between.


I could have spent all day photographing as I admired each house more than the last!