Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gardening

You need to pay attention when trimming bushes down here; iguanas really do climb, as this one in a Bougainvillea clearly demonstrates.


Never mind, tomorrow's another day.





Saturday, January 28, 2017

Keys Life


Want to grow a pineapple?  Pick one up at the grocery store, lop off the leafy top portion and stick it in the ground.  In the fullness of time, a Pineapple.  Growers say you can do this three times, but the third one will be very small.


New pineapple growing in an old tree stump.

Imagine our surprise , when two armed men in uniform suddenly appeared on our rear deck.  After cautiously exchanging greetings, it turned out that someone had called to complain about an alligator leg floating in the canal.   I wondered how it could have gotten there and they informed us that people would catch them, cut off the tail to eat (tastes like chicken) and throw the rest away!


Think I'll stick to chicken.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Key Deer

Out for a nice dinner at the No Name Pub (appropriately located on No Name Key) last night with Rejean and Ghislaine.  On the way home, spotted this diminutive Keys Deer blithely crossing the road.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Travel Pics


Posted some more of our travel pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/116329517@N06/albums

Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Boardwalkers

Although they're called Green Iguanas, these vegetarians come in a variety of colours and, having been introduced to the Keys, have rapidly made a nuisance of themselves.  They can grow to 6 feet in length.  These guys were sunning here this aft.






Thursday, December 1, 2016

Idle Jottings

As one heads south at this time of year one can't help being struck by what a difference movement makes, especially at ground level.  In a car, you see the season retreating day after day.  You segue from snow to bare trees, to trees with coloured leaves, to trees with green leaves, and eventually, to palm trees and no sign that Winter has ever been here.  When you fly, you leave winter and arrive in summer.  Could be another planet.

Cultural differences are also telescoped.  Northern states seem to ban roadside billboards.  Southern states seem to relish them.  Disconcerting to see giant signs advertising guns, alcohol, "Adult Superstores" and Jesus saves, all one after the other in the Bible Belt.  Canadians are taken aback by billboards advertising the Best Cardiac Care, ie; one money-for-misery hospital is better than another.  Lawyers, 1-800-sue!

Vive la difference!