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Monday, March 14, 2016

Tropical Delights

Things are almost back to normal here.  You may have wondered what happened to me, well I slipped away for a couple of weeks to a warmer climate.  It was nice to relax and breath in the fresh salt air and listen to those lovely waves crashing upon the shore.

This year we traveled to the East side of Florida and flew into Fort Lauderdale where we spent a couple of days.  It was a warm, sunny and very windy day, but the color of the water was brilliant blue and the sand like sugar!

I had to get a photo of this guy while we were there. I had forgotten how large Olas the Sandman was. He stands at least 20 foot tall. The next day we drove north to Hutchinson Island and the Jensen Beach area.

Our room overlooked the ocean and I caught a glorious sunrise on Hutchinson Island.

These little shorebirds were adorable and ran in 'gangs' up and down the beach looking for food.

Even the public restrooms in the park were fun and artistic! I loved this mosaic of the mermaid and dolphins!

We visited friends up the coast toward Fort Pierce where they keep a seasonal live aboard sailboat. They showed us more of the lovely beaches and parks in the area.

This beach was strewn with loads of seashells and again the water was gorgeous!  It was a beautiful escape from the same white and brown winter we've been having.

We really didn't do anything on this trip other than visit with our friends, eat tons of seafood and the occasional piece of Key Lime Pie... oh and there were a few Margaritas, Beers and Hurricanes in the mix too! No photos of those though, sometimes when you are enjoying your life, you don't stop to take photos!

Now things are getting back to normal and it even looks like Spring is on its way!  The taxes are in the mail to our tax accountant and we can relax!

I'll be back soon with another post and will be catching up with all of you as soon as I can!

Have a fantastic week!
~~~~ Diane ~~~~


  1. Beautiful photos Diane! I do miss the Florida beaches and Hutchinson Island is so beautiful. Was the water warm enough to swim? Glad you enjoyed a little sunny respite from winter. Spring has definitely sprung here in Virginia. :)

    1. The water was too cold for me to swim, but it was still nice enough to get my feet wet! Thank goodness for heated pools! It was pretty cool on some of our days there but still beautiful!

  2. Ooooooo, sweet! Love the "sandman" and the mermaid!

  3. Lovely photos. You came in really close to me, I'm about an hour away from Ft. Lauderdale. Your lovely photos make me want to go over to the beach to collect shells and be refreshed. Seafood and margaritas sound great too. :-)

    Happy Spring to you ~ FlowerLady

  4. Dear Diane- wonderful pictures and it sounds like a super vacation. That water looks beautiful. So glad you got away. Think spring has arrived. It has here. Hugs!

  5. Oh, how wonderful! Good for you. What a lovely getaway. I'm always happiest near a beach!

  6. Beautiful photos Diane! Your trip looks so beautiful! Glad you had a fun, relaxing time! Sometimes, we need to just veg out and think about nothing! I would have joined you with a margarita! Love the sandman and the mermaid! Yeh, taxes finished! Happy for you! I think Spring has arrived, but we are suppose to be getting some snow next week! LOL! Big Hugs!

    1. Thanks Everybody! We had a great time! Just watched the weather and darn it, snow is Back in the forecast! Cheers! *virtual margarita*

  7. What a wonderful place to visit with the warmer climates and the beautiful ocean. My best friend lives in Colorado where it snows in the winter and is so cold. She longs for the sunshine so around spring she visits California. What a beautiful sunrise this is. I love the mermaid on the wall. How delightful that their bathrooms are decorated with an ocean theme.

    Happy Spring, Diane!


  8. So jealous! I want to be there now!

  9. Ohhhhh, to walk on a beach, and hear the sound of the waves, and perhaps find a bit of sea glass..... I'm sure you had a wonderful time.

    Gentle Spring Time hugs,

  10. Oh, how pretty! Take me with you next time!!

  11. Wonderful, sunny photographs. I hope you are well. xx

  12. It looks as though you had a wonderful time, thank you for sharing all the photos - so nice to see the blue sky. Looking out of my window it is so grey it is almost black, I think we must have a storm on the way. xx


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