I have been absent from blogdom for quite some time as I have been enjoying some sunshine and warmth in sunny southern Florida. ” The mister” and I flew away for some time away from the cold, unending winter. This looks like it is going to be a good week to come home to as the temperatures are on the rise! FINALLY! Wait until you see the cute little place we stayed.
There were 9 of these little duplex cottages around a circular pond. Each cottage had a dolphin fountain in front of it. That is what is making the water spout in the front of this photo. This little place was constructed in the 1940′s and was very quaint. One of the little quirks was that we were in unit #18—the one at the end of the line. The hot water line starts at cottage #1. I am sure you are getting the picture. Soooooo, that meant that we had to turn the hot water on in the shower every morning about 5 full minutes before we wanted to get in! But you know…we got use to that in short order. We had a little kitchenette where I stored my breakfast food that I ate out on the covered porch each morning as “the mister” is not a breakfast eater.
Here is a quick little shot of the inside (including me in the mirror!) We had a little drop leaf table over to the left and off the kitchen was the bathroom. Nothing fancy but our home away from home for the week. The covered porch was where we spent the majority of our time when we were at the cottage.
Both doors opened up making the covered porch an extension of the inside. There was a table and two chairs on both sides of the set of doors making our covered patio an extension of our little cottage.
I know this isn’t a very good quality picture but I had to show you the night view. It was so peaceful to have your doors open in the cool evening and listen to the fountains. All the fountains would go off at midnight and come back on at 7:00 a.m. I won’t bore you with all the details of our week away but a few of the things we did were: we visited the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford which were beautiful, spent some time on 5th Ave. South in Naples and took a drive by the million dollar homes ( we’re talking like $49 million!!!!!), took in a Spring Training game between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins, drove out to Sanibel Island, and enjoyed historic Fort Myers.
We took lots of evening walks down at the harbor. Fort Myers sits along the Caloosahatchee River.
One of our favorite places that we ate was Ford’s Garage in downtown Historic Fort Myers. Here is a picture of my burger plate…..
They even put their “brand” on the top of the bun. This leads into how much of a learning experience this vacation was as we had to deal with my newly discovered “gluten” issues. The bun had to go. Eating out can be a major challenge and often times costs more when you are gluten intolerant. No fast food unless you are going to have a salad. You eat ALOT of salads when you are eating out all week. It is fortunate that I like them. I sat down one day and made a list of different food items to pack and a quick list of what to buy at the store once I get there. And it is always an advantage to have a room with a mini fridge so you can have food available when the selections become monotonous.
It was such a treat to dine outside after the long, cold winter.
And there was this adorable group of older gentlemen that serenaded the diners while they ate and had a blast doing it.
We both felt so blessed to have the opportunity to get away for a week–it has been 6 years since we have had a “proper” vacation due to our jobs and commitments. We are already planning the next one! The dogs had a wonderful time with Mike’s mom but have not let us out of their site since we have been home. Our son watched over things on the home front and co-workers filled in at work. Thanks to all! And as much fun as it all was, our own bed felt divine!
The Hibiscus welcomed us home with this! It is ready for Spring too—how beautiful. The tulips are pushing their way up outside in the flower beds getting ready to brighten our day. It is here…it is finally here! Get those seed catalogs out and get your orders in if you already haven’t. Enjoy each and every day for the wonderful gift that it is.
From what we heard while we were gone, this has been a record year for vacationers in the warmer states. Where do you like to go or
where are you going yet this Spring? I know some of you are just getting ready to leave for Spring Break. It is always nice to get ideas for the next time. Maybe your suggestion will give a reader a new idea.
Thanks so much for reminiscing over the last week with me.