This will be my last post about the London lads' visit, but before I commence with that, let me just say that we have been having some glorious Spring weather. Seriously beautiful with bright blue skies and very little humidity allowing us to have the windows open! It is hard to explain how much I love having open windows, but I just love feeling the natural air rather than forced cold air, something we put up with for far more months than I would like.
Also we are being terrorized by a screaming Limpkin out back, presumably looking for a mate. Even on the day or two that we have had to shut the house up, we could hear the plaintiff call. Make that screech! Right now it is going like mad in the tree outside my window.
Because we took the thirty minute ride, we didn't go too far and mostly what we saw were gators, something our guide had a knack for finding. By now we are all seasoned gator watchers so I would have preferred more bird sightings, but you take what nature gives you. Some of you may be familiar with the Where's Waldo books where you have to find Waldo in a super crowded scene. Try that with this shot of baby gators!
Following the airboat ride we roamed the animal park which I think is really well done. They also have a pretty intense gator show.
We learned that their gators come from various places where people have asked for the gators to be removed because they are what are called "nuisance gators". Just today someone asked if anyone had ever seen a gator in Lake Pineloch and the answer is no. Same goes for Lake Willisara, thank goodness. That said, and this story is a quick departure from our excursion----Matt and Tom decided to walk to Target and not far from our place they encountered Mary who was looking for help with a big turtle. I still cannot imagine it, but Matt actually picked it up. This, my friends was no ordinary turtle, instead it was an alligator snapping turtle!! We can't seem to get off this alligator subject, can we?
Anyway, in time, Henry, one of our fantastic maintenance guys, brought a box, scooping into said box and returned it to our lake. Yikes...it is so scary looking.
And acting for that matter. Snapping at the towel Henry was waving over its head trying to get it to head into the water!
My sister Lisa is a big turtle fan, but I suspect even she would not want to see one of this type.
Okay, back to Wild Florida....
An aviary with feeding sticks is always a highlight.
Woo hoo....my first time seeing an Eagle Owl.here's a crazy story about one out of Norwich, England, a place we have visited. Let's just say that I am glad I am not that woman!
Who doesn't love a Lemur? This is not the typical one, but I can't seem to find what kind it is.
Friday night we had a get together with everyone. In the photo below, David is regaling us with stories as only he knows how to tell.
Airport time....and they are off.
Then the weather turned nice. And the new leaves popped out. Spring green, nothing like it!here, if you missed it, I mentioned taking my kayak on the lake to see the GBH nest which was elusive, but I knew was there. Well....
We have been going to the courts at Dover Shores some days to play with new folks. Not that I don't love our folks herem but I'm trying to get over my fear of playing with strangers.n reality I should call them addicts!
Back at the village, Sandy put together a party for Denny and Dunrey's birthday at the pool.
I'll tell you what.
Think back to one year ago, or even more so, two years ago at this time of the year. Fear, and in some cases panic. Thankfully things are beginning to return to normal, something to not only mention but celebrate, no matter the occasion.
If only that held true for Ukraine. My God, what a mess.