My intentions were good and then I had a lot to do to get out of the house and down here to Florida to see my
baby, the Snarl, Abby. That’s where we are now. (I noticed a new comment from "The Snarl" to an older post. Out of the blue the child reads my blog and adds a note without ever mentioning it. And she obviously didn’t read the whole post.)
Anyway, the weekend was at Wit’s End, spent a in final burst of late season glory. I phoned home this morning to hear that Michigan is having wet, cold, windy weather but I have to say, it’s quite pleasant here. Here are some pictures, in no particular order. A sunset, the geese over the lake, and the view from our little front room out onto the lake. I’ve said before that things grow for me, pretty much anywhere, with benign neglect. I’m not sure how this happens but at the cottage all the plant potted plants that get ignored outside all summer come in and get ignored all winter inside. As you can see, they fill the place. They thrive on a thermostat set at 45, a bi-monthly watering and enormous amounts of warm hot sun bouncing off the lake and shining in through the windows.
On the way home we stopped at the Dexter Cider Mill which is still hydraulically powered by the Huron River. I took a picture of the water wheel and in the background you can see the canvas covered layers of apples under the press.
Finally, I added a picture of my Schlumbergera bridgesii (ya, it’s a Christmas cactus on a screwed up calendar.) I’ve had this guy since he was a sprig from a friend and he summers outside and then comes in just as the days are getting shorter, sets hundreds of buds and bursts into bloom. All pictures, click to enlarge.
Last night we took Abby to dinner and then went off to buy tacky Christmas decorations for her little pool house and our little bungalow. The 3 dimensional moving polar bear may be a bit over the top, but, afterall- this is our first Florida Christmas and we wanted to go all out. Laura, at Vitamin Sea, noted the other day that her neighbor was already putting up decorations. Well, so are we. This is the last time we’re down for a few weeks and we want the neighbors to be able to enjoy this head shaking bear for the WHOLE holiday season. More pictures tomorrow.