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On Further Reflection October 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Mindfulness, Nature.

While visiting the Panhandle, we sat up and took notice of our surroundings at Goodwood Museum and Gardens.

Goodwood is a terrific place for a morning stroll . . . or hop.

The gardens, while not in full bloom, boasted lots of color.

With a canopy of trees framing the drive ways and walk ways.

Throughout the area, tree limbs reach up and out . . .

Unless they are feeling down and out . . . like this bedraggled limb at Maclay Gardens.

In addition to seeing many towering oaks spangled with Spanish Moss, we also saw the gnarled roots of felled trees.

To give you some sense of the size of this felled tree ~ the fella standing next to it is 6 foot 3.

We also toured several Canopy Roads around Tallahassee, including Old Centerville Road where asphalt gives way to red clay (during the dry season) and, presumably, red mud after heavy rains.

At Bradley’s Country Store, which has been in business for over 90 years, we re-provisioned our picnic supplies AND bought BFF a slice of decadent chocolate mousse cake.

Here’s BFF enjoying our picnic adjacent to The Retreat at Bradley Pond.

The afore-mentioned chocolate cake is sandwiched between my GF pretzels and a bag of Sour Cream and Toasted Onion Joe’s Chips.

Around the corner from Bradley’s Country Store, we saw some friendly burros looking for a handout.  But BFF doesn’t share his food.

Of the many sights (including the Scarecrows) we enjoyed at Maclay Gardens, the reflecting pool in the secret garden was a fave.

But, even better (in my book), was the look we took at the reflecting pond and waterfall at Goodwood Museum.

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!


1. Rivergirl - October 27, 2021

Beautiful place. And a great way to spend the day!

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

And no masks required since it’s all outdoors!

Fingers crossed the Nor’easter that just blew through didn’t reopen your roof leak.

Rivergirl - October 27, 2021

We were expecting heavy rain and only got a drizzle. The wind is really whipping though, power outages everywhere.

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

It sounded like the wind was trying to wake the dead in time for All Hallow’s Eve.

Glad the roof held.

2. Kate Crimmins - October 27, 2021

Peaceful and beautiful and burros too! BFF has a great diet.

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

Loved the friendly burros cozying up to the fence in hopes of a handout. BFF has a more pronounced sweet tooth than me . . . but just try to get me to step away from the salty crunchy chips. 😉

3. Val Boyko - October 27, 2021

What a good day out!

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

We saw a lot of new-to-us stuff . . . but in a relaxed way. No hurrying or scurrying.

Val Boyko - October 27, 2021

Sounds just right! I found myself starting to hurry and scurry today after decompressing after traveling. I need more reminders to just be and appreciate the moment 💛

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

Here. Now.
Aah . . . that’s better!

4. Ally Bean - October 27, 2021

I like the burros. How could anyone not feed them, even a little nibble? Your adventure sounds like it was fun.

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

I didn’t feed them for 2 reasons ~> (1) there was a gully between me and them that looked like it might be populated with snakes, and (2) I like to ask permission before feeding someone else’s pets . . . it would be terrible to learn that the burros had a carrot allergy the hard way.

But I was sorely tempted!

Ally Bean - October 27, 2021

Good reasons. Smart thinking

nrhatch - October 27, 2021

As soon as I walked over toward the fence, several burros headed my way with extreme interest . . . interest that waned as soon as I pulled out a camera instead of carrots. 😀

5. Debra - October 27, 2021

The gorgeous trees and canopy roads are very special! It’s clear you enjoyed exploring!

nrhatch - October 28, 2021

We did enjoy exploring the panhandle a bit, Debra. Florida (like California) is such a HUGE state with varied flora, fauna, and geography. It was fun to see something new-to-us.

Debra - November 2, 2021

I’ve lived in California my whole life, and I haven’t seen it all! I know what you mean about exploring a big state. You feel like you should “claim” it all, and you can’t! Happy future exploring, my friend.

nrhatch - November 3, 2021

Today, we are headed south to Fort Myers to tour the Ford & Edison Winter Estates there. It should be a perfect day for exploring ~ 80 degrees, sunny, and low humidity!

6. L. Marie - October 28, 2021

Oh what lovely photos! When I first saw the rabbit though, I wondered if there were an Alice in Wonderland theme Probably not, huh? Looks like a lovely place for a walk.

nrhatch - October 28, 2021

There were quite a few rabbits parked in the garden . . . so perhaps one of the previous owners was a fan?

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