A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)
On the second day on the road, we woke up in a peaceful, quiet bed and breakfast with no dogs licking us in the face. Although we did get a dog fix at breakfast with “A Little English Guesthouse’s Queen Sadie and Wild Mr. Fred. I spent some time taking photos of their summer garden which was fading due to the drought and the heat, but still lovely. We had enjoyed it a lot last night sitting on a swing in the twilight watching the cardinals, listening to the crickets and smelling the boxwood and the roses. When the fireflies showed up, it was magical. Before it got too hot today, we walked through McClay Gardens which is a state park that must be beautiful in the spring. Camellia bushes the size of trees, acres of azaleas and daylilies surrounded ponds and a large lake. Though we arrived at nine in the morning, by ten, we were soaked with sweat and ready for the air conditioned truck. It was a day of give and take. Husband suffered through gardens and photography sessions while I endured an automobile museum. I had a secret weapon though; a new blogging friend who lives in Tallahassee, Sayre Smiles, and her son Z Boy met us there. While husband took thousands of pictures of motorcycles and old cars, Sayre and I visited and Z boy took his own photos. After we left husband and I agreed that the museum, founded by one man, is a testimony to what happens when one person can buy anything that they want without worrying about cost. Not only was it a car and motorcycle museum, but a piano museum, a golf club museum, an outboard motor museum, a tractor museum and a Batman museum. Not to mention, the cases full of knives, guns, typewriters, calculators, tea sets, Boyd bears, perfume bottles, dolls and anything else you can think of that someone would like to collect. It was really overwhelming, and I told my husband that he is never to call me a “hoarder” again. Once in Pensacola, while waiting for oldest son to get off work, we briefly met another new blogging friend, Island Mama, and her family at her dad and mom’s gorgeous bay front home. Again, it was great to meet in person someone I feel like I already know. I wished I had more time to visit, but oldest son was waiting to introduce us to his new dog and show off the house where he lives now. After a great dinner at the Fish House on the bay front, it was time for those of us who live in the Eastern Standard Time zone to go to bed. We had a great day with interesting people, new friends and loved ones. I suppose if I could have one collection, I would choose a “people” collection. One can have too many cars and guns, but never too many friends. And friends don’t cost anything but love.