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God Bless America Southbound

As it says on the Anna Maria trolleybus...

Once we got our iced coffee and fruit cones and our compact car turned into a mini-van and we worked out how to take off the parking brake, we set off across Florida towards Tampa and Sarasota and the Gulf of Mexico, mocking the Mickey Mouse power plant with mouse-ear pylons. Swimming - well floating and swimming with my arms and soaking in the hot tub and use the massage pads with ibuprofen gel overnight - loosened my back up enough that I could start to feel human again. I cracked my first joke in days, we stopped at Anna Maria beach for fish lunch and paddling, we drove up and down Anna Maria island looking for somewhere to stay with a pool with shallow steps so I could walk into the pool rather than climb in, we paddled on the beach opposite (waist deep, so the water takes some of the weight off my hips which lets me move them more), then I floated and swam in the pool at the motel. With all that, I was actually able to walk a little without the stick on the beach and sit up from my nap almost normally... improvement at last.

Dinner at the Sun House, which calls itself Floribbean. I think the connection is that the cruise ships go back and forth... Different and very nice; straws of beef, crab cakes with pineapple in the mashed potatoes, blackberry piglet shanks for Simon, a mango ice eclair...

The sea is blue turning green at each wave. The beach is fine white sand, like salt or flour...


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17th May, 2008 13:28 (UTC)

Flowerpot men language?!

Glad you're having a better time with your back and have got out and about into the sun, sea and sand.
17th May, 2008 22:40 (UTC)
I loved Sarasota ... and go see the Ca da Zan if you haven't already ... the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, plus the Ringling Circus Museum, all in a 1920s recreation of a Venetian Doges palace.


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Mary Branscombe
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