We arrived home around 8:45 pm last night, after driving for two days and stopping for the night in North Carolina. Yesterday, as I was driving in the mountains of Virginia, what started as rain turned to snow.
And traffic slowed to a crawl when the fog rolled in. That made for a few hours of dicey driving. But, by the time we reached Pennsylvania, the weather had cleared.
A few highlights from our last couple of days in Florida:
We spent a few hours in Tarpon Springs, famous for its sponge divers and Greek community. There are several antique shops there and there was quite a bit of Roseville on display.
For at least twice, sometimes three times higher than I could get it on eBay.
Ridiculous! I know that eBay can put shop owners in a tough position because of the great deals that can be found there, but pricing something like Roseville (and also some McCoy I saw on the shelves) at prices that are way over the top doesn’t do them any favors. Why lose potential revenue? Dear readers: remember to do your research. Don’t pay more than you should. I clearly and audibly said – I am an actress after all – that the prices were way out of line. Not in a snotty tone, I promise. Just in a having-a-conversation-with-my-husband kind of way. I think the owners should hear from collectors who know what they’re talking about.
In a gallery: the most beautiful new pottery made by a company called Florida Faience. As you know, I love vintage pottery, but I have to admit I fell for these beautiful creations. (This picture doesn’t do them justice, I’m sorry to say.) I am totally smitten and the next time I get back there, I will have some money set aside to purchase one of these pieces.
On the way up to I-95, we ran across The Orange Shop, a family owned business. The sign itself charmed us! So wonderfully retro. The owners have their own orange groves, where we stopped to breathe in the orange blossoms.
We also bought a bag of oranges.
Another ukulele session with uncle and nephew. I could eat this kid up.
Little Z and me. He wears a patch for a couple of hours a day to strengthen his eye. Meredith made the patches. (He likes the zebra best.) Photo courtesy of Meredith.
I have so much more to say about Little Z and my sister and family. That’s for later in the week. We had the most wonderful time. For two people who can’t remember the last time we had a vacation together but know it’s been at least 15-20 years, this was a dream come true. Surrounded by sun, sand, sea, family and love, it couldn’t have been better.
We were very happy to see our little cottage waiting for us last night.