Back to reality! We returned from our vacation on Sunday. I have spent this week unpacking and cleaning the motor home and popup, doing laundry, and sorting photos. You can check out all of the vacation photos by clicking on the picture below or by selecting the Picture Gallery on the right sidebar. Enjoy!
We're coming to the end of our vacation. Tonight we're near West Palm Beach at the Lion Country Safari KOA. We took the safari driving tour this afternoon. It was well worth the money even though it was raining. Actually the brochure said that rain is a good thing because animals tend to be more active in the rain. They were right! Tomorrow it's back to reality and home.
Today was kind of a do-nothin' day. Sarah spent lots of time in the pool, the rest of us just lazed around. Minerature golf was suggested but we didn't make it. Tomorrow it's back to Key West to visit some of the places we saw on the tour.
The KOA is only 19 miles from Key West so we drove down today. We decided to take the Conch Train tour which was really informative. Afterwards we ate at a great b-b-que place near the docks. We made it back to the campground in time for "happy hour" by the pool. What a tough life!
Greetings from Fort Pierce. This is not where we are vacationing but where we stopped for the night. :) Tomorrow we will be at our actual desination - Sugar Loaf Key. We'll be there until next Saturday and then drive back as far as Lion Country USA where we will spend the night and tour the park. I'll try to post pictures of our adventures if we can get a good wireless connection. Keep checking back.
Stopped by Mindi and Chris's after a trip to Orlando RV. Glad we did as we were grateful recipients of some of her garden produce - tomatoes and a cucumber. Yum! She has developed quite the green thumb. I don't know what we will get from our garden as the deer love munching on the tops of my tomato and pepper plants! They also like rose bushes and sunflowers. Any suggestions?
We finally have fish in the pond! Up until now its only inhabitants have been a frog and some tadpoles. It took longer and involved more expense than I planned on but on Saturday 2 fancy goldfish and 12 "feeder" goldfish found a new home in our pond. We ended up having to buy a UV clarifier and a second pump but the fish seem to be happy. We weren't able to find any affordable koi on Saturday but we'll keep looking.
We have a functioning pond! Unfortunately we had to buy a new pump and filter but now the "falls" are falling, the plants are are all placed, and it's ready for fish. Do we play it safe and buy feeder fish or do we splurge and buy a few koi?
This past weekend we continued work on our pond renovation. Friday afternoon I bought a 64 lb flat rock for the waterfall. Yep, you heard right - bought! All those years that I spent removing rock from our property in PA and now I'm buying them. Go figure! Sunday was spent building and shoring up the upper section of the pond for the waterfall. I also got all the water plants back in the pond.
Saturday was Sarah's First Communion. It was a very nice and memorable occasion.
We have had a pond in the backyard for several years but it has not been a real successful project. We used a pre-formed pond kit but we couldn't put it into the ground very far because of buried water and electric lines. The pond would get too hot in the summer and the algae became a big problem. We also had a lot of problems with leaking. So this spring Bob decided to redo the pond using sand to form the shape and a liner to hold in the water. Last Sunday we drained the old pond and removed the plastic shape. We used sand (which we have plenty of) to form the basic shape and installed the liner in the bottom section. We are still working on the waterfall part. Apparently I never took any pictures of the original pond so I couldn't include any "before" pictures in the slide show.
Thanks to Mindi for helping add the picture slide show to the blog. If you just click on a picture the picture will enlarge. We also figured out how to add a direct link to our Picasa Web Albums so that you can view other pictures. The link is on the left - "Our Picture Gallery". We're slowly getting the hang of Blogger!
The weather was nasty today - rainy, windy, and rather cool. The kind of day that makes you want to curl up on the couch with a good book. It should be nicer tomorrow.
It has been a beautiful Easter Sunday. The weather was perfect, sunny and not too hot. The Swain family all got together for dinner and as usual there was way too much food. Check out the slide show below.
It's back to work tomorrow after a week of Spring Break. I spent as much time as possible working in the yard and I got a lot accomplished but there is still much more to do. Hopefully the weather will continue to be nice.
As you can see we have changed the blog around. We are now using Blogger and it seems to be easier to use so maybe I will post more often. Besides it's free! Pictures will be posted using Picassa but it's not up and running yet. Keep checking back. Spring Break is finally here, hurray! I plan on working in the yard, reading, putting away winter clothes, and just being lazy. We'll see how much of that I actually get done.