Brrrrrrr……I woke up this morning thinking I was back in England and looked at the temperature 50 degrees!!!! I have it on good authority that it will change soon and be back to Florida normal, we have visitors arriving today and I am hoping that at least the sun will be out to welcome them…..no matter what the weather, Lake Worth will give them a warm welcome!!!!!
This week has been a week f contrasts in many way, not just the weather. As I mentioned last week, the garden looked terrible after the high winds that had been hitting this part of the world but now it is looking it’s wonderful self again, plants are standing tall and proud, palms are trimmed (except for the very topmost branches that I just cannot manage to reach), we have to find a man with a tall ladder for those. One of the things I love about this place is the ability to cut a piece from a plant, pop it into the ground and hey presto, it takes root and grows…..amazing! Weeds have been pulled and mulch raked over, fabulous.
The house inside is sparkling especially the windows which get so dirty during the Winter, we are visitor ready.
I did not tell you in December but our wonderful friend of many years here always has her parents down from Rhode Island over Christmas through to end of March.This year Peggey, her mum (and our adoptive mum) fell and hit her head and as a result was rushed to hospital with a bleed on the brain. A couple of days later when she was deteriorating instead of getting better, she endured another operation on the brain, this time resulting in a scar from one end of her scalp to the other, but it seemed to do the trick! A week later we had to leave for England and visited her to say goodbye we thought we would not see this lovely lady again. BUT over time since then and at 87 years old she has bounced back, each time we spoke to her from England, she sounded better. Physiotherapy with her speech, movement and simple things like swallowing have worked wonders and she is eating well, still has a wonderful sense of humour and as long as she uses her walker, can get around just fine (although you might know that now she is feeling better she often appears without the walker!) and has astounded us all! She was in Delray Trauma Hospital which deserves a big shout out for the wonderful work they have done…..so that was a great start to our stay, seeing Peggy and giving her a big hug.
Of course, I had to go and check out The Little Free Library on the beach which is my responsibility whilst I am here, it was looking good albeit a little empty…..that was soon sorted out with a quick shout out to friends on
facebook who responded magnificently and now we are fully stocked once more,go and check it out, good reads available for all the family!
Our latest project, a new tile wall, along the lines of the wall at The Gray Mockingbird Garden, is now underway and full of enthusiasm. Jill Karlin, who creates the design, is amazing. We collected the tiles at the beginning of the week and numbered and placed them out in the hall at Saint Andrew’s Church. I painted the first 16 tiles and put those in place so people would get an idea of what it would look like. After the 10am service on Sunday people came into the hall and it was buzzing with excitement, some people set to immediately and started painting the blue tiles which depict the sea and sky, it was wonderful and is beginning to take shape. We have a schedule which sees us there for a number of hours each day which will allow anyone to come by and paint with us, so if you feel like it just drop in…..today we are there until 12, tomorrow from 9 2………..It will be finished in no time if this pace continues, the mural is made up of 600 tiles, Mockingbird was 1000 tiles and completed in weeks. There is a border of dedication tiles around the edge where people can have memorials placed to friends and family, please come and see us even if you do not wish to paint. The Thursday Pedlars on Wednesday was fun, we were a big group and had a great ride which ended up as usual with an impromptu party! We meet every week at The Gulfstream….join us!We have been out with friends, we have laughed and talked and drank wine and beer and lemonade and eaten and laughed and talked more and we are looking forward to catching up with friends we have not yet see and we are glad to be back!!!!!