I Love My Blog Visitors

birddanceI use my blog as a journal so I can go back and remember places I’ve been and events that I would otherwise forget.

Tonight, I couldn’t sleep, and I was feeling a bit nostalgic.  So I went back and read some of the old posts.

The best part was reading all the comments from so many of you.

You encouraged me to keep Sheba, and suggested things to make raising a puppy easier when I was ready to give up.  You comforted me when my sister died, and when Julia died.  You helped me cope when I jacknifed the truck into the camper.  You taught me how to wire my fan and made so many helpful suggestions with my mods.

You encouraged me through the endless winter when it seemed we’d never get out camping again.  You empathized with my gray skies/rainy weather blahs.

You shared my joy in taking photos — like the adorable beach rat in Fort Pickens and countless other nature shots from camping trips — and from our woods and on our property.  It actually increases my enjoyment in what I’m seeing and doing when I know I have you to share it with.

I just want you all to know that you aren’t just clicks on my posts or comments on the bottom of a page.

You are treasures.


New Tatting Pattern Books

Awesome tatting pattern books!

These two AWESOME tatting pattern books arrived today.

I wasn’t too impressed with the cover of Mary Konior’s book, but when I opened it up, I couldn’t believe what a treasure it turned out to be.  The patterns are elegant, and as modern as tomorrow.

Tatting Artistry in Thread by Helma Siepmann has stunning flowers, blossoms, leaves, deciduous trees, evergreen trees….  the photos are gorgeous.  I have been dreaming of all the beautiful things I can create with them!

So they will definitely go with me on the trip to Florida.


Fern Hammock Springs, FL

This idyllic, ecologically sensitive and protected treasure is located within the Juniper Springs campground boundaries. The tropical appearance belies the chilly temperature of the water. I decided to do a separate post describing it instead of lumping it in with the Juniper Springs post.

Fern Hammock Springs

Fern Hammock Springs -- it's blue!

How do you describe Eden? Blue. The crystal water is blue. Numerous clear white sand areas pinpoint the location of “boils” — places where cold water erupts through cracks in the underground limestone, roiling the sand bottom and scouring it white.

Fish abound, free and unafraid. We saw two adult turtles, one with an orange neck and one without the coloration. Maybe they were male and female? A baby turtle swam through the transparent water, then ducked down to the darker colored bottom.

Looking toward the observation bridge

Looking toward the observation bridge

Most of the fish were relatively small, but we did see a few large ones.

No fishing, swimming, dogs, or anything that might endanger the tranquility of the spring is permitted here.

Since I don’t have words to describe the beauty without sounding gushy, I will just post photos for you to enjoy.

Large boil below the observation bridge

Lots of fish!

Baby turtle and fish

Baby turtle and fish

A small school of fish

A small school of fish over a large boil

Fish and turtle

Fish and turtle

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