Sunday, January 2, 2011

Living in paradise

Living in paradise is a wonderful thing.  Last week, I drove down the River Road as I call it and snapped some pics with my camera phone.  I love living near the water, and it soothes my soul to be near this beautiful river.  I feel rich when I ride down this road.  Just to see the water, the birds, the flowers and tress, and the gorgeous homes is such a blessing.

I hope you enjoy this little tour of my paradise.

As I headed south on the River Road, I enjoyed the white fence, the palm trees and oaks with moss draping a canopy overhead, and then I spotted a roadside fruit stand. Isn't it paradise to have fruit sold on the side of the road using the "honor" system? You pick your fruit and leave the money in the coffee can! I love where I live!

I feel so blessed to see sailboats, wading birds, and most of all, the night-blooming cirius. They only bloom one time and are spectacular. Just another benefit of living in paradise.

The River Road winds around the curves of the river and up and down her hills. There are some pretty high points that look over white sandy beaches - so pretty! We get our "Fall" color in December here in sunny central Florida, so I even get to enjoy the turning of the leaves.

Another joy is seeing the "painted ladies" - beautiful Victorian homes. Here are two decked out for the holidays.

The most beautiful part of paradise is seeing the sunsets. I believe G-d draws near at sunrise and sunset, because I feel such joy to see what He's creating. Thank you G-d for my simple pleasures and abundant blessings. Thank you for letting me live in paradise on earth.

I'm linking up to Grati-Tuesday, Something Beautiful Spiritual Sundays and Siimple Pleasures Fashionably Organized, The Two Savvy Sisters, Emmy's Closet and Sunny Bug


  1. Simply lovely! I think I also live in paradise, the Pacific Northwest. You will have to stop by and see the visits to my paradise.

  2. A lovely post. The homes look like some we have seen when we travel through Central Florida. Have a blessed New Year.

  3. It is beautiful, indeed!
    Blessing to you this new year!

  4. I'm following you back. Stop by and add your blog to the Blogging Hints directory.

  5. Thank you for sharing your paradise with us. Sounds like a wonderful place to live.
    Blessings to you in this new year.

  6. Gail, that last photo is amazing. Paradise, for sure. I'm a sunrise/sunset kind of gal and am always blown away at the artwork of our Creator.

    Great simple pleasures post. So glad you linked up.

  7. That is stunning!

    In the beginning God CREATED!

    It seems that we have a bit in common. I too like the cottage look. My husband is a pastor although not Messianic. We do observe the feasts and such.

    I think it is BEAUTIFUL where you live!

    Following you back.


  8. Very nice tour! The shot with the white bird is absolutely first class. Susan

  9. I agree with Dayle--my twin. Naturally. :-) Too many simple pleasures to name, and the final picture is magazine worthy. Lucky you.

    (I like your name, BTW.) :-)

  10. Yes, you are very rich!
    I appreciate that you look at everyday as a gift.

  11. You are so blessed to live with such beauty!
    Praise the Eternal Who created it!
    Joy in Christ..Trish

  12. Oh goodness, this IS paradise. I not only love the scenery, I love that part about the honor system and the money in the can.

    What a great simple pleasure.

  13. My oh my !! how I would love to live near a warm area right now as its cold and snowy here
    I love the water in the warm summer months I take my lunch and go to the local park to enjoy the water.
    Also your pictures of Victorian homes~~lovely~~

  14. I just love those water view...

  15. That is so neat! I love driving around in the country where I live, too. There are so many pretty fields, and such beauty! It's such a blessing to be able to enjoy beauty that God has created!

  16. You do live in paradise. I like you find the water so soothing.

  17. Hi Gail!!

    Love the photos :) I'm so very grateful that I was born and raised in Florida . . . still living in Tampa.

    Thank you for following my blog, Babyboomer Flashback! I'm following you back as well . . . sorry it took so long to get here.

    I'm looking forward to exploring more of your blog!

    Hope you are having a wonderful weekend . . . Gina
    . . . and many more blogs!

  18. Beautiful, Absolutley a lovely walk down the river road. Wish I could have been there with you.


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