Jake’s theme: Surroundings

This week, Jake wants to see our surroundings, so I decided to share a few pics taken from around where I live.

This pretty drive will take you up to the entrance gate, and as you may notice, it had just been planted out with hybrid Impatiens. When they really get going, it will be a riot of colour.

Just outside my house, is a lovely lake, which isn’t a huge surprise. In Florida, everywhere you look, there is water.

Last year, we had a Mr Smiley who was very much a part of our surroundings,

but now we just have Lizzie, who likes to sit outside my bedroom window or on the garden spray, watching for insects.

Many birds come to the water to do a  bit of fishing by day,

and even at night.

The people who live here use their surroundings for really strenuous activities, like riding around on golf carts,

or sunning themselves next to the pool. 😀

As well as water, we are also surrounded by palm trees.

If you’re feeling peckish, you could grab a bite to eat at the poolside restaurant.

You especially might want to do this, if your oven is sitting in the middle of the lounge area, as mine is at the moment.

At present, in my home, I’m surrounded by tools, piles of wood flooring,

and kitchen units waiting to be assembled.

I suppose I could go and sit by the pool and read a book, but then who would make hubby’s coffee and his well deserved lunch? I just hope that I can find somewhere to prepare it. 😀

I hope you enjoyed looking at my surroundings. If you would like to see other bloggers’ interpretations of  Jake’s theme, just click here.

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Lovely weather for ducks

We have had so much rain here in West Palm, and yesterday whilst out shopping, one of the assistants asked us if we knew about the threat of Hurricane Sandy. Apparently the schools and some businesses were going to be closed today, just in case it should hit here.

Well, the danger seems to be over for us, and Sandy has moved on. I see that the storm is forecast to maybe hit New Jersey, where my son lives, on Tuesday.

Some of our local residents don’t seem to mind the extra water at all.

The Great Blue Heron has come back, and is definitely the king of our lake.

There’s always something to photograph here.

The local air force either stand elegantly on guard,

or entertain us with a spectacular ‘flypast’.

This afternoon, I have to go and visit one of the ladies on our committee. She has been writing the monthly article for our club magazine, and wants to pass the buck on to ‘muggins’ me. She phoned at 10am to say that she was off to her beautician and would only be home by 3pm. That sounds quite ominous. How do I compete with someone who firstly, has a beautician, and secondly, spends 4 hours  there, being beautified? 🙂 Ah well, it’s really terribly windy here, so I’ll probably arrive with my hair  looking like these palm fronds, and say, ” Just look what the wind blew in!” 😀

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, wet or dry. 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Cee’s post to see her amazing water pics.