Farm Market Color

 I received a couple packets of seeds for Christmas and ever since; I’ve been dreaming of  my garden plans for this year.  Lush vegetables and colorful flowers and bees buzzing.


This happens every year about this time, the garden dreams start.  Last year was a garden nightmare, no two ways about it.  Hopefully this year will be more successful.

In the meantime, I came across photos I took last February at the local Farm Market that we go to in South West Florida when we are at our home there.  The colors, and scents fill me with such simple happy joy.

On this dreary winter day, here is a little color to lift the soul.  Come, take a stroll with me.

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Yes, there is a dog in the meat booth.  Something a little off about that.


The food at Taste of Transylvania smells heavenly, next time, I’m giving it a try.

Lots of fresh seafood

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Plants and more plants.  I got nuts wanting one of every plant.

I purchased this Pitcher plant, brought it back to Virginia, where it thrived all summer, until I brought it in for the winter.  Dead now.

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Orchids and bromeliads, a favorite of mine. Palm trees for sale in every size and shape and variety.

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How about that spelling?


This is hands down the best mozzarella I’ve ever had.  This is always my first stop.


Love pesto, so I thought I would give this a try.  Not so much.


This hydro-ponics booth was very cool.


The market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, we go both days.

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Lots of Bees and Honey.

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Food Trucks are a big in this area.  Apparently flowers too.

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Mr. Cottage always makes the pink truck one of his first stops.  He loves the authentic German strudel.


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Fresh Ginger grown locally.  I can purchase 3-4 large roots for the price of one shriveled one back home.  Mr. Cottage picks out large quantities.  I freeze it and bring it home to VA.


Eggplant everywhere.

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Lots of beautiful fresh cut flowers.

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Lots of artist and craft – out of respect I don’t take photos.

Except for this lady with the hand crafted soap.  She actually chased me through the parking lot.  She thought I was a writer for the local paper taking photos to write about the farm market.   She begged me to take photos and write about her soap.  Boy was she disappointed when she found out I didn’t work for the paper.


This woman looks like she is daring me to take her photo.


A farm market near the sea, this seems appropriate.


I know what this is.  Do you?


See you later,



fish crow

The common American crow is the Corvus brachyrhynchos the  call sounds like, caw caw caw.

I think they sound like they are laughing – when not giving that spooky scary haunted house on the horizon sound.

I happen to be one of those people who enjoys the antics of crows and ravens.

They are loud boisterous, travel in large flocks and they scavenge.

   Seemingly unpleasant traits.

They are also highly intelligent birds, that  I think get a bad rap.

While we were in Florida a few months ago, I was highly amused by Fish Crows, they are different then our laughing crows back home in Virginia.


these guys entertained me in the back yard for hours.

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I put bird seed  in my home-made record bird feeders.  They hang by shepherds hooks in the back yard by the water.

A brief fight with a red wing black bird.


I sat in the shade of the mahogany tree with the camera mesmerized by their antics.

Magnificent blue plumage sparkles as they hop about in the sunshine.



Fish Crow  –  Corvus ossifragus have a call that sounds like unh unh unh.

So if you ask them it they have done something wrong, they will reply unh unh.

The inspiration for my folk-art style pencil sketch is from these silly birds.

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I scanned the pencil sketch, then played with digital overlay.  Using new software it was a mistake at first, but then I rather enjoyed the different looks that I could achieve.  I tried several different styles, one of which is in the header of my blog.  Thank you Debra, for asking.

I’ve managed to accidentally delete the files with the other scans, and as of this time, I’ve lost the original pencil sketch.

Once the original is found, it will be available along with others at Night Bird Creations.

I asked the crow if he deleted the files and took the original but he said, unh unh.

See you later, Bye!


Dragonfly fever

Hi Y’all mermaid Kim here posting from Coral Cottage South.

The strangest things happen at parties.  Ok maybe I should say the strangest things happen to me at parties.  Several years ago, Mr. Cottage and I went to a pool party hosted by the owner of a store that sold my art-work.  When we arrived most of the guests were already in the pool.   Immediately we saw them in the pool standing or floating or sitting on the edge of the pool with one of their index fingers raised straight in the air.  We did not know any of the people there, and barely knew the hosts.  I have to say my immediate thought was, what the heck had we gotten ourselves into?  What were these people doing?

Talk about people doing strange things.

Recently I was spotted doing the funky chicken dance down at my home in Southwest Florida.  Why you ask?

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I saw for the first time, these red dragonflies.  I was enchanted immediately, as I have never seen a red one back home in Virginia.

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No easy task trying to catch a photo, I looked rather kooky running around dipping high and low trying to catch them in flight or sitting still.  Wow a pair of them zip across the surface of the water, snap!

Like so many, I too have been struck by dragonfly fever.  The shimmer of their iridescent wings, those cool rotating eyes and excessive speed in which they zip by.  Did you know, that they can fly between 20 and 30 mph.  Cool – huh.

Pond, lake, sea or pool – dragonflies skim the surface dancing and performing acrobatic feats.  I find it enchanting and inspirational.

 People ask me all the time where I get the inspiration for my art.  Most of the time it is from nature, dragonflies are no exception.  My fellow artists at Boardwalk Artisans must feel the same magic as I do, they have created some beautiful work, don’t you think?

Giclee Print by Mary Ellen Golden

Giclee art print Red Dragonfly from original watercolor by Mary Ellen Golden

Framed mini art tiles by The Coastal Soul

Tiles by The Coastal Soul

I’d say my fellow artisans have captured dragonfly fever quite nicely.

Note card by beach combers cove

Note card by Beach comber cove

Window panel by 3 Wishes Studio

Window panel by 3 Wishes Studio

Back to those people at the pool party – there were hundreds of dragonflies zipping around the pool and they were all sticking their finger up in the air with hopes that a dragonfly would land on them.  Once they explained what they were doing, I thought it pretty cool.

I’m off to catch a wave  and maybe a dragonfly too!


a mermaid tale by Coral Cottage South

Hello from Coral Cottage South – breezy thoughts from the west coast of Florida.

mermaid lives here

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 I am enchanted by the idea, myth, folklore, fantasy of mermaids.

After I came home from my recent surgery the Animal Planet channel had a two-part special airing about mermaids.  The show supposedly uncovered evidence that there is truth to the existence of some form of mermaids.  I wasn’t feeling well enough to watch the shows, so I recorded them.

painted driftwood by Ocean Girl Collection

painted driftwood by Ocean Girl Collection

 I  admit I was lulled in to thinking there was some real proof and scientific evidence.  I was pretty excited.  Now before you go saying that was the drugs talking – I’m kind of embarrassed about my gullibility, but I have to admit there were no mind altering drugs involved.

 I really fell for it.  Hook, line and sinker – err get it?

 Well, sort of.  Any way the other day  the morning news mentioned these shows and that it was all a hoax.


 I have to just hit the delete button now and not waste my time.

For those of you out there that love the allure of mermaids and like to make purchases that support hand-made, indie artists,  I am sharing these lovely mermaid inspired art pieces from my fellow artists at Boardwalk Artisans.

mermaid platter by Sara Hunter

mermaid platter by Sara Hunter Designs

Sara Hunter Designs

Sara Hunter Designs

Magical, elusive mermaids.

Mermaid Note card by Beach combers cove

Mermaid Note card by Beach Combers Cove


Celest by Beach Combers Cove

Celest by Beach Combers Cove

Dolly a fused glass and metal mermaid by 3 Wishes Studio

Dolly a fused glass and metal mermaid by 3 Wishes Studio

Here is something we can all believe in  – the allure of the fantasy and the way my fellow coastal artists express their interpretation of such fantasy.

Boardwalk Artisans

Boardwalk Artisans – as featured in Coastal Living Magazine

I’m a proud member of The Board Walk Artisans.   My art as well as the work of my fellow artists that are featured in this blog may be purchased here.

Did any of you see the mermaid shows, and did you fall for it?

I’m off to catch a wave.