Sunday, November 19, 2017

Florida Oranges Have Arrived...

Stella enjoying some FL sunshine

Foster thinks he can eat the whole thing!

While visiting the Fort Myer's area last month we ordered oranges from Sun Harvest Citrus for the Kids and ourselves. The ship date was sometime after Nov 13, so they are now starting to arrive. 

Thank Cameron for these last two photos and yes, some of the fruit does look a little green but still tasty.

Friends-giving at The Lodge in Candler Hills

One week before Thanksgiving The Lodge hosted a Friends-giving for the residence of Candler Hills in On Top of The World Communities in Ocala.

There was a great turn out and we all enjoyed delicious holiday dishes brought by our neighbors and ham and turkey furnished by The Lodge.

We all filled our plates way to high...

Our holiday table included Jerry & Shelia, Mark and Sharon, Jan and, of course, Ted, who is taking the pictures.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sanibel Island Lighthouse

 The “Sanibel Island Light,” otherwise known as the “Sanibel Lighthouse” is located on the eastern end of the 12-mile long island. The idea to build the lighthouse was first proposed by some of the settlers of the island in 1833 when they petitioned for one to be built. However, no real action was taken until 1883 when they finally received the $50,000 they needed to fund the construction. The building of the lighthouse finally started in February of 1884. Although they faced complications along the way, in only a few short months the lighthouse was finally completed. It was first lit on August 20th, 1884 with kerosene oil. In order to get to the top of the lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper had to walk up an external spiral staircase.

The lighthouse had many keepers over the years but was officially automated 1949

The lighthouse was our last stop on our self-guided tour of Sanibel and Captiva, we headed back over the causeway to the Fort Myers Beach area.

Causeway to Fort Myers Beach in the distance...

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island

Established in 1945, this wildlife refuge occupies one-third of Sanibel Island and is a prime spot for birdwatching. There is a $5 fee per car to take the wildlife drive.

The J.N. Darling National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger complex that encompasses the Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, The Matlacha Pass National Wildlife Refuge, Pine Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Island Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of the lands in these refugees are nesting and roosting islands. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres. 

Day Visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands, FL

The road to Sanibel and Captiva islands is a tollway with a fee of $6/car.

Traveling the Sanibel Island causeway, which is a narrow palm-lined park and beach on a man-made island. You see people fishing, kayaking and enjoying the beach.

Beach on Captiva Island ...

We hit The Mucky Duck English Pub on Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva for a memorable lunch. What a great location right on the beach. 

Jan with or tour guides Doug and Patti ordering up our eats at The Mucky Duck.

Enjoyed a nice lunch outside overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We all agreed we lucked out finding this great spot....

Patti and Doug on Captiva Beach

and Ted and Jan take a similar pose

a sign warning about the stingrays...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Wednesday Farmers' Market at Lakes Park Fort Myers, FL

We had a great time wandering through the Fort Myers Farmers' Market...lots to look at, sample, smell and buy!

What a great varity of vendors....

We bought fresh made salsa and guacamole here.

and Calamondin Jam here....
Calamondins fruit is also known as citrus mitis, as it is acidic in nature. This fruit was first grown in China and later it found its way to U. S. A where it was acquired the name “acid orange” as it resembles an orange. It is orange in color and slightly smaller than the normal oranges thus can be easily confused with a tangerine. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Sun Harvest Citrus

Bill, the volunteer at Lakes Park, suggested we visit the Sun Harvest Citrus location within a few blocks of Lakes Park. He said it would give us a taste of FL and he was right. As soon as you walk in their front door you smell ORANGES!

They sell quarts and gallons of fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice and you can watch them doing it..... 

There is also a tasting station where you can get unlimited samples. It is like drinking liquid "sunshine".

The staff is very friendly and they sell Ted's cream! We sampled the Chocolate/Key Lime and what a treat. 

Around Lakes Park in Fort Myers, FL

 Lakes Park encompasses nearly 300 acres of beautiful nature trails, lakes and gardens. ..

Park Volunteer, Bill, gave a very informative tour of the park area....

Garden spot can be rented for a small fee....

The park has a miniature train, which all ages can ride, and train museum.