On the way over to the other side of the state, we stopped for lunch at a little Taqueria, called San Julian! It claims the best taco in Southwest Florida, and I believe they are right about this! ALL of our food was fantastic! He even gave us little shrimp cocktails on the house, to try, in case we pass back through one day!!! Nice owner. We will go back again very soon, as it is only about a 1 hour drive from our house!
While we were visiting the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, in Ft. Myers...in one of the shops there was this really pretty little table, with orchids painted all over it! I thought they were succulents at first...until I noted the flowers! LOL
Isn't it lovely??? I wanted to steal it!!! LOL
Look at this beautiful Sweet Potato Vine just pouring out onto the rocks!
Can you believe I found a second owl, made from the same mold as mine...at the entrance to the Edison/Ford place! It also had the front and back owl design, but was left in a clay form. It was filled with these beautiful succulents (I forgot to write down their name).
Then I found all of these cactus growing around on the grounds! They had a botanical lab (Edisons lab) tour...but we all got to hot, too tired, and too hungry to stay for it. Now I know I must return one day in the cooler months to REALLY enjoy this...and get my Botanical Lab tour in as well. I was sick over the fact that we just couldn't manage it! Sad.
This last picture is of a tree I found at the Worlds Largest Shell Museum, in Ft. Myers. It was in the butterfly section in there, and I had to take a picture because I like to make money trees for gifts for weddings, and going away gifts. I use an old tree branch and stick it in a pot with plaster of paris. Then I decorate it according to the color scheme and occasion. I attach small clothspins and we fan fold money and attach it to the "branches" of the tree. Well, this tree here has round metal circles attached all around on it, and then they stuck butterfly magnets on the circles! I found it to be quite great...and a fantastic idea for additions to my money trees, when I make them! I can envision a wedding one with white butterflies all over it! Gorgeous!!!