Good Morning to you all on what is a glorious morning with the temperatures rising again to a temperature more in keeping with South Florida. We have had visitors from England this week and they have loved living in our town of Lake Worth and have been Impressed by everything they have seen and done from cycling to eating to socialising to church to the beach……..and I have fallen in love with it all again through their eyes! You know, there cannot be many places on the world where you can find what we have here. Walking downtown and knowing so many people, cycling through the streets with people smiling and shouting hello. Always being able to sit outside at eating establishments and watching the world go by and getting the best treatment at the hands of the servers…..truly wonderful, I would advise anyone to have visitors every now and then.
We visited The Everglades and took an airboat ride, now that is fun! It has been years since I did that and had forgotten what it was like, alligators and turtles along with lizards and iguanas….all serving to thrill the visitors who gasp and take endless photos……..me being one of them!
Thanksgiving was great, we went to friends in West Palm and as usual, it did not disappoint! The food was magnificent and the company great fun. I love the idea of being thankful for what we have and the opportunity to sit down and think about how lucky we are. History is so important and the younger generation should always be taught about how those early settlers paved the way for the most wonderfullives that we have today. The Americans are very good at gratitude and giving thanks…in England Christmas is our bigger feast and Christmas Day and Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) are both bank holidays. And Black Friday, what a great idea, and I saw in the British newspaper that we followed your lead andalso had Black Friday sales and just like here there were scenes of people
getting quite aggressive with each other trying to get to the bargains first…..you can count me out of that one, I would rather pay full price thango through some of the scenes I saw. The black and White photograph project continues with some people submitting the most awesome photographs……very interesting and very creative, they would make a great exhibition and would all look amazing framed. It will be interesting to see how long it goes on.
The Retro Jetro project is still going and I love to hunt for plaster cars on Saturday mornings, this week I returned all the cars I have found over the weeks….I painted them and placed them downtown taking photos and posting them on facebook…..I hope they have all been found! The project is such fun and I am going to set something similar up when I go back to England, not sure what but I have my thinking cap on about it.
Sunday being the last Sunday of the month saw the Scottish Rites holding the usual community breakfast, at $5 or $2.50 if you donate a toy, the breakfast is second to none and you can go back as many times as you want. It is food fit for a king and everything you could possibly want, they even make your omelettes to order…….this week there must have been a hundred people there, it was fabulous, everybody talking and laughing, people making new friends, greeting old ones, it was such a nice occasion and I was so happy that my friends could come and experience it. Afterwards we walked round the gardens and pulled weeds. The garden is looking good, Andrea is a marvel! It was also nice to write Christmas cards for veterans in hospital, what a nice project, we forget that some people may be alone! We went to City Place again this week just to see the snow which was lovely…the clock strikes and the snow falls gently….wonderful! And of course down in Clematis Street on the waterfront is the sand Christmas tree, apparently the tallest in the world…..what a great work of art it is, beautifully sculpted and so detailed, everywhere you look a shell, a sea creature, plants……absolutely amazing, and being unveiled by the mayor on December 4th…we will all be on the bike ride so cannot go but it is worth seeing if you get down there at some point. It also changes colour and can be seen from quite a distance.
One of the high lights of the week was the bonfire, amazing….the aromatic smell of the logs burning and the mesmerising flames licking at the sides of the fire pit…..people toasting marshmallows and eating picnics, it was a truly lovely atmosphere. And this afternoon St Andrews Church had the last of their 100 year celebrations with a musical service at 4pm, it was truly lovely and very moving. A young composer had written the score and the choir sang beautifully with the addition of two young boys who had the most compelling voices….a fitting end to the century.
Next week I will be back in England and probable experiencing temperatures such as we had this week…..I am sorry to leave but happy to be seeing my family and friends back home. Thank you Lake Worth once again for three months of projects, fun and friends, I love you!!!!