On Tuesday 20th September 2011 I was honoured to be a guest for dinner at the Lakewood Ranch, Florida home of Muriel Quinn, a St. Boniface Church, Sarasota parishioner.
Muriel hails from Oldham, Lancashire. She is a fabulous woman of my generation, a former teacher of the French language, and now a wonderful singer in our Church choir.
It’s “kinda” cool that she and I have become friends in the fourth quarter of our lives. Since my move to Florida in 2006 I have come to understand that we humans are never too old to make new friends.
Muriel served us superb rib eye steak, together with baked potato and a delicious salad. ‘Twas a good evening.
Muriel was very happy to include my dog Penne in the invitation. I was so proud of my pooch. After her quick exploration of a new space she relaxed and settled down, causing not a moment of anxiety. ‘Tis so wonderful that I can take Penne out to dinner, knowing that she will be so well behaved.
Earlier as I drove to Muriel’s home I passed a wee pond at which I saw a roseate spoon bill. What a thrill. These are the most gorgeous of water fowl.
A few minutes later I drove past two sandhill cranes. These are also entirely lovely birds and I uttered a wee note of joy when I saw them.
I did not have my camera in the car, so the pictures of sand hill cranes and a roseate spoonbill are from “the web”.
But not so the rainbow: this is a photo’ which I took earlier this evening from the back of my home. Humans can become very jaded or bored - but their spirits are so often lifted by the sight of a rainbow.
|Roseate Spoonbill (from the web)|
|Sandhill Cranes (from the web)|
|Evening Rainbow (my photo')|