Gasparilla Inn Food and Wine Weekend 2018

We have just returned from the Gasparilla Inn Food and Wine Weekend, which concluded its 12th year. The Inn is located on the small island of Boca Grande, which is on the West coast of Florida. The Gasparilla Inn was built in 1911 and has a rich history which you can read about here. Continue reading

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Captured Moments – Unexpected

Last week we drove out to the beach to watch the sunset from a dock on the river which is literally just steps across the road from the Atlantic ocean. It is our favorite place to enjoy a bottle of wine and be quiet with each other while taking in the beauty of nature.

It had been a clear, cool day with some interesting cloud patterns floating about so we had expectations of a pretty sunset. What we did not expect, was the effect that the intense sunset on the river would have behind us, on the ocean. With a show happening on both sides of the road it was hard to choose a favorite. So, I will leave it to you to decide. River side or ocean?

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I took these photos about twenty minutes apart as the sun was going down.

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Invite beauty and contentment into your life with every sunrise and every sunset. We cherish moments like these and pray that we will always be delighted by unexpected, simple pleasures.

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What’s Up With Us

During the years leading up to retirement, travel was what we looked forward to doing most with our leisure time. I am a curious wanderer, (will go anywhere at any time, with no particular agenda) and Malcolm is intent and purposeful. He likes to research and understand as much as possible before committing to a destination. Both approaches net the same result – life is infinitely richer because we travel. Continue reading

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Captured Moments – Cold In Florida

Rarely do the temperatures drop below 50 degrees in South Florida, so last week when local meteorologist sounded the alarm, we braced ourselves and headed for the beach! Seriously, there is nothing more beautiful than watching a weather system roll in from the ocean, especially when the temperature is dropping like a rocket!

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Please enjoy our version of a whiteout!

Celebrate simple pleasures every day.

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Captured Moments – Traditions

Sloths on the sofa, overdosing on sweet treats and watching sappy Christmas movies would accurately describe most of our time together during the holidays, but we do occasionally have a “Hallmark moment.” Christmas Dinner is one of those moments. We set a pretty table, make a wonderfully classic Beef Wellington and dress for the occasion. We pose for our annual family photo by the Christmas tree and once in a while I catch a very special moment in the lens of my camera. This year that moment was when my daughter hung the new ornament that she had purchased for me on the dinning room tree.

It is a white owl with little gold flecks.

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I like to think that she saw it and thought of it as a symbol of her dear mother’s wisdom, but more than likely she thought it would look pretty with the dozen other ornaments that she has given me in past years. A mother can dream…

But the moment, the one that takes your breath away and fills your heart with joy is the sweet recognition of the little girl who became a beautiful young woman and still loves family traditions.

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May simple pleasures and precious moments fill your days during 2018.

We’d like to take this time to thank you for following along during our inaugural year of “Picture Retirement.” It has been a learning experience filled with surprises that have been both challenging and rewarding. We have especially enjoyed interacting with the blogging community – people from all walks of life, living in traditional and non-traditional ways, all over the world. That experience alone is worth the effort to continue. We value your input and appreciate your encouragement as we continue our journey into the new year.

 

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