|Owl Birdhouse - balsa wood birdhouse painted in acrylic|
I got back from Florida on Monday night at midnight - I left on Sunday afternoon and it took a taxi journey, two flights, a bus journey, another flight and a car journey before I finally made it back to our wee cottage!! It was a bit of an epic journey but totally worth it!
My sister and I arrived in Fort Myers on Wednesday night without our luggage - apparently a 'glitch' on the conveyor belt in London Heathrow resulted in half the passengers on our flight arriving without their suitcases!! Luckily we went back to the airport on the Thursday morning and our suitcases were waiting for us in the American Airlines office so we didn't have to go shopping for new dresses for the wedding!
|The view from our hotel room|
Thursday we spent with our friends at their home and we spent Friday and Saturday at the Naples Bay Resort sunbathing, or should I say lying under the shade of some palm trees by the pool as it was so unmercifully hot and humid that we were like Irish flowers wilting in the heat! Thank the universe for fake tan as I don't think my peely wally skin was ever going to acquire much of a natural tan in only two days!!
Naples isn't terribly vegan friendly. My sister and I went to 5th Avenue for a meal on the Friday night and searched fruitlessly for somewhere offering something that hadn't once had a mother. I asked at one restaurant if they had any vegan options and was assured they did - they could offer me chicken and rice!! Eventually we found a very lovely Italian place and had a delicious pasta dish.
|My sister and me with Scott and Scott, the happy couple|
The wedding took place on the Saturday evening at Naples Botanical Gardens. The ceremony was outdoors in the gardens and then we went into a lovely air conditioned room for a super meal (the chef made me some top notch vegan courses!) It was a fantastic night with much dancing and laughing and making new friends.
|Our lovely new friends, Jim & Jim|
We've already agreed to go back next October over Halloween and spent longer there. Scott & Scott and their friends are planning to take us to ZombiCON which is apparently a huge street party in Fort Myers so I'm already looking forward to that and have been bending S's ear about booking our flights as soon as possible!
I started this Owl birdhouse before I went on holiday and finished it off this week. I've got another 4 to do for the Christmas craft fair and need to come up with different ideas of bird and house themes. I was wondering, if they proved popular, if it might be a good idea to offer a service of commissioning personalised ones. My friend Carol had suggested personalising them with names and I was thinking of taking it a step further and painting the whole birdhouse to order - what do you think, a good idea or not?
I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday this week and will enjoy visiting the folk I've not seen for a week or so!