"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Walk around Historic McIntosh

Want to take a walk with me around this 1890's town? We'll start with the churches. McIntosh has 4 circa 1890s churches: 
Presbyterian Church
Methodist Church
 Baptist Church
Christian Church
This is a view of the old Depot and Carriage House



Some of the original train track
The Carriage Barn is a big building, but appears dwarfed under the towering Live Oak trees.
I'm guessing this was an orange packing house at one time. Citrus was one of this area's main industries at the turn of the century,
One of the tree-lined streets
Walking toward the old hotel.
This building held a beauty shop in the 1990s. I don't know what its original use was.
 The hotel was operated by my Scottish friend, Betty McKoone, nee Hopwood. She and her siblings lived in McIntosh and were a major support and influence in the community.
 This park across from the hotel was created in their memory.

 Some of the historic homes in the downtown area: Large porches were a common feature.
 An old barn

 This one is now a Bed and Breakfast
 Another street view of the Live Oaks
 This is a modern house which they had to build to look old so it would "fit in" the historic district.
 Van Ness Park and community center.
 Oh, if the trees could talk, the stories they would tell...
 I love that I can enjoy all the well-manicured yards and beautiful flower gardens, without having to do any maintenance on them.
 The little Town Hall
 A local business: mcintoshworld.com
 These old citrus packing houses later held antique shops. Don't know if they are in use anymore. The large citrus groves were destroyed by major freezes and most were not replanted.
 A smaller house.
 The Spiderwort is prolific all over McIntosh. I'm not sure if it is native or an invasive species.
 Another beautiful yard I can enjoy on my walks.
Just out of town, this road meanders by horse farms.
My friend says this tank & structure was for fueling the smudge pots in the orange groves.
That's the end of the tour...back to my lakeside retreat....lotta birding to do.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Day Dawning

Look, an RV forum friend baked me a virtual full-time RVing cake. How appropriate! I do hope to have a chance along the way to share God's word and how my life has been blessed because of His love for me. Perhaps I'll share a few today.
"I anticipated the dawning of the morning, and cried; I hoped in thy word." (Psalm 119: 147)
And the anticipated dawning came in glorious array:
Sunrise over Orange Lake
Predawn colors

 Here comes the sun. "Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun." (Ecclesiastes 11:7)
And with the sun come the birds. Click for a video:
video

Putting the orange in Orange Lake
A new day is here, and like the sun, may I use this day to "show forth the praises of him who has called me out of darkness into his marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9)
May your day be blessed.

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Home in McIntosh, FL

March 24, 2011
One more night, camping at my house. Goodbye house. I'll always have fond memories of the years it was a home with family, but no regrets. Now it is simply a house. Roe says, "Let's go!"
Friday, March 25, 2011
And hello to full-time RVing where my home is on wheels, and God's grace is revealed with new light daily for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. This will be my view of His world for the next two weeks. My site faces east, and I can't wait to see the daily sunrise.

Roe and I spent the afternoon birdwatching. 
I can see that the bird guide will get dogeared while I'm here. Wish Birdie was here...easier to ask her.
I think this is a Glossy Ibis...
....having a bad hair day.
Left to right: Snowy Egret, a pair of Tri-colored herons, and a Glossy Ibis.
Sand Hill Cranes flying over.
Lots of Coots
We walked through town to let friends know we were here, and friends Marge and Dick invited me to dinner. Yum!
On the way home, we passed by another friend's (Dorothy) house with her beautiful flowery yard.
Back at the lake, there were more birds to watch as the evening colors faded.
A Great Blue Heron at eventide. 
With a little friend.
Good night...
"Mine eyes anticipate the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word." (Psalm 119:148)