I made the decision to spent some time in the Panhandle of Florida. Tallahassee had about uh…three flurries of snow in the past month. Oh, and some rain. Spring has sprung in the deep south and blossom trees are showing off their colors. This is the perfect hide-out place during the cold winter months. The first thing you will notice when you arrive are the majestic trees:
Live Oak tree draped in Spanish moss:
And moss covered or canopy roads:
This looks stunning, right? There are plenty of woodland and wildlife sanctuaries, one of them is Wakulla Springs. This 6000 acre State Park is only 30 minutes from Tallahassee and in the heart of this park is the world famous Wakulla Springs. Cool water flows from the springs to create the Wakulla River, one of the last pristine rivers in Florida. I took a tour on a glass bottom boat to see the native birds, turtles, alligators, manatees and other wildlife up close. Here are a few pictures:
Last but not least…an alligator!
Wakulla Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Natural Landmark. Go visit if you are nearby.
I am also completely in love with the camellia bushes in this area, love the perfectly shaped camellia flowers. Camellias have been part of the southern landscape for almost 200 years. They are native to the Orient and were introduced into the U.S. near Charleston, S.C. in 1786. Camellias flower in the fall and winter months.
Next is a crochet pattern of a “Camellia Flower”. This was originally a pattern of a Rose, just by making a few changes here and there it looks like a real camellia flower to me.
Materials: Brown Sheep Cotton Fine (or any other sport weight yarn), Needle sz. 2 mm, a darning needle to stitch the bloom together.
Row 1: In 4th chain 1 dc *1 ch, skip 2 ch (1 dc, 2ch, 1 dc) in next ch. Repeat from * until end. Turn work.
(this picture shows row 1 and beginning of row 2)
Row 2: ch 3, (1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in first 2-ch space *(2 ch, 2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in next 2-ch space. Repeat from * till end. Turn
Row 3: ch 3, 6 dc in first 2-ch space, 1 sc in next 2-ch space, *(7 dc in next 2-ch space, 1 sc in next 2-ch space) Repeat from * till end.
Roll the Camellia flower up and stitch the base and side together. You can attach your camellia to a hair ribbon or to your favorite cardigan!
In matters of painting furniture, I am trying to get “back in the saddle” so to speak. I am looking at some pieces that need refinishing and with your support I will pick up my paint brush very soon..!