Sunday, 1 May 2016


So as I said in my Last Days in Florida post, I flew to Detroit where Mary & her husband picked me and took me to their home in Toledo, Ohio.

The next morning Mary and I took the scenic route through Elmore, Oak Harbor, Port Clinton,Lakeside, Marblehead Point, Sandusky and Huron to Beulah Beach where Mary had rented a cabin for us.

This is Lakeside.  There was also a village which had virtually no-one living it.  It appears it's only a summer village.

We drove on to Marblehead Point where this lighthouse was.

And this is where the Lighthouse Keeper used to live.

Lake Erie at Marblehead Point.

Here's the cabin we stayed in.

And this is the view from the front door.

Mary spotted this eagle as we went out to dinner.

This was the sunset when we got back.

The next morning we went out to photograph the sunrise.  Which was not as early as you might think. 

The heron flew away just as I got the focus sorted out so this is really blurred.  Or will you accept 'soft focus'?  I rather like the image, especially with the reflection in the water.

After breakfast we spent a couple of hours crafting.  I started on my travel journal which I finished when I got home.

Later on our way to Sheldon's Marsh we spotted this traditional barn.

At the Sheldon's Marsh State Nature Reserve we saw fish, birds and turtles.

Later in the day we went to Milan - pronounced My-lan - which turned out to be the birthplace of Thomas Edison.  There was a museum complex which wasn't open which meant we could wander around outside taking photos without people getting in the way.

A little way down the road was Edison's birthplace.

And right next door was the site of the Canal Basin but no-one is allowed to go past the sign.

And this is all we could see of the basin!

We went into the centre and wandered around the square.

This is a very fancy library.

This is an example of the street lamps.

On Monday evening we went to Granny Joe's in Vermillion for dinner.

Next morning the lake looked like this.  I was so glad I had got up the day before for the sunrise.

We visited Old Woman Creek, a National Estuarine Research Reserve.

We came across this gorgeous barn as we walked around.

And Mary spotted lots of birds and even I managed to get some photos.

By the car park there were 3 benches with quotes on.  I liked this one best.

We then made our way back to Detroit Airport and I started my long journey home.  Detroit to Orlando.  Orlando to Dublin.  Dublin to Birimingham.

I have made a short video 'flip-through' of my US travel journal.  Come back tomorrow to see it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Last days in Florida

I hope you are enjoying my photos of Florida.  May of my friends, particularly the American ones, enjoy my photos of our walks in the UK, so I am hoping that my British readers are enjoying seeing photos of a different side of Florida from the Park attractions.

My last post got me to about half way through the holiday.  By this time I have only two and a half days left in Florida.

I had all day Thursday to myself  so arranged to see a Facebook friend at the 905 Cafe in Historic Downtown Melbourne before taking myself off to Melbourne Beach.

This bird was waiting for the fishermen on the pier to catch fish and then give one or two to him.

The pelicans were also waiting for fish to pass by.

When I got down to the beach there were a couple of guys fishing with rods and lines and this heron was waiting for them to catch his lunch!

One of the things I love on Melbourne beach is the little birds who run in and out of the water.  Sadly this is the only one that was there that day.

The view along the beach.

I went for lunch at a beachside bar called Bikinis and this was the view from my table.

After lunch I went to Turkey Creek - a favourite place to walk.

The turtles were sunning themselves.

Kenny, Betsy & I went out to breakfast at my other favourite eatery - Captain Hiram's in Sebastian.

The pelicans were fishing for breakfast.

After breakfast, we went to McKee Botanical Garden in Vero.



In the evening we went to the cinema to see God's Not Dead 2.  It was very good.

My last day!  And Betsy kindly cooked me my favourite breakfast: Plantain, Scrambled eggs and Arepas.

I drove to Orlando Airport, returned the hire car and took a flight to Detroit where Mary and her husband met me in the baggage claim hall.  My next post will be all about Ohio.  And yes I know Detroit isn't in Ohio.

Thanks for stopping by.