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January 31, 2008



I used to live in Florida (until 2 1/2 years ago), your pictures brought back memories. I know the town in which you live, you are a lucky woman, it is nice there. The first shot of the lake gave it away. I know you must enjoy all of the wonderful little shops and restaurants. Your pics will make many folks buried in snow very envious.

jessi nagy

just darling!
what town is this??
i want to go there!
just so charming and quant. peaceful


Amazing photos....thank you for the tour of your beautiful and charming town!

Devilish Southern Belle

What a quaint and beautiful town you live in!


Hi Kim,

Will be there in 4 weeks! Can't wait!!! Where's the pic of the"Palace"? Can't wait to take Andrew to the Museum. The "promised land" is also on the list along with Anna's. Hope to get to see you. Love, Debbie

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage

Thanks for a little blast of spring! Those sculptures are amazing--so lifelike. The snow and ice will be on my doorstep this afternoon and evening so your little trip downtown has surely brightened my day.


Brooke Pottery - one of my all-time favorite stores!! I used to do all my holiday shopping there. But when I lived there, it was about the only thing nice downtown - it looks so much nicer now!

thanks for the trip down memory lane. :)



I was in "your" town last Thursday for about 2 hours. Drove down for a funeral then to Jax. We cut our time so close, no time to really look at anything, but the twins got to see oranges growing on trees (they're 4). My DIL's uncle has a small grove he doesn't work and we let them run around and play there for 1/2 hour to get rid of some of their energy. They took handpicked oranges the next day to school for everyone...


Where are you? Charming town.

Mary Jane Smith

Love your downtown pictures. Very quaint. Do you still have a Kress store? Saw the sign on the building but didn't know if it's just there cause' it's old or the store is still there. I would love to go into an old Kress or Woolworth but most, if not all of them, are all gone. My town torn theirs down years ago.

Have a wonderful day!
~~Mary Jane~~


Your downtown looks beautiful. And sunny and warm. I could use some of that. I was looking at the pictures and then realized I should recognize something since I did live there at one point but I don't recognize a single thing. I'll have to send my mom over to peek at the pics and see if it brings back any memories for her.


I loved seeing that! It brought me peace...


Hey, Kim, oh what fun to go back for a visit to your downtown, since I haven't been there in SO long! It really has changed a lot. The shot of the Lake (Mirror Lake??, I've forgotten so much) looks the same going into town,but wow, they've really revitalized it a lot. We never shopped down there when I was there, just that old pathetic mall. I hope ya'll have a good mall now! Although I really don't like the mall at all anymore, so you probably don't either.

Thanks for the memories!



What a pretty downtown you have, you lucky gal!


what a wonderful tour. thank you! I enjoyed my visit!


That was really fun and warm. Love the flowers! And of course the theme to A Summer Place just made it feel that much warmer and sunnier.


Joy Hall

Thanks for the trip. It looks like such a lovely place.

Thanks for sharing it.


Joy Hall

Where are the people?


Thanks, Kim, that was like having a little vacation trip to Florida. I feel like I can breathe again!


I've only been passing through on my way to watch Basketball games at Florida Southren, but always love driving through your downtown and by the civic center. Maybe next time I can go a little early and explore a bit more........

Thanks for the lovely pictures and I think your Vistors Center should ask you to be their next photographer :)


I love your downtown too. Such a beautiful city and all the lakes are just wonderful. Do you have any pictures of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at the university? You must have been up really early to miss all the people. Great pictures and thanks for sharing. Christy :-) <>< Zephyrhills


Great photos! You have a great camera too and such an eye to capture with it. What a lovely town you live it! Have a great day!


Such beauty all around you. Thank you for taking us on the tour. ~Adrienne~


I enjoyed my tour of downtown....such a pretty place :o)


Thank you for all the pictures, especially the one of Mitchell's Coffee House which I will forever remember as a respite in a difficult time!

Charming, charming town; as many others have posted, it's a wonderful 'getaway' while we're knee deep in snow, wind and subzero temperatures in the north.


This was lovely, Kim! Thanks for the glimpse of warmth and sunshine. We have snow on the ground again, here Colorado.


Such a lovely town Kim! Thank you for taking me along with you :)



New here, just wanted to say thanks for the nice dose of green. We've had an enormous amount of snow this season already. I needed this!


great photos...the flower pictures make me long for warmer weather. It is so cold and windy here in PA and they are calling for severe ice storms overnight - what fun!


Really enjoyed the pictures, such a quaint town you live in.


Beautiful pictures and beautiful town. Thank you for the tour. I felt as if I were really there.

Pinkie Denise

What a lovely place, thanks for taking us with you on a walk through such a beautiful place,
I was wishing that I was really there enjoying
the beauty first hand......Pinkie Denise


WOW!!!! Your downtown is bigger than mine.. Really it is:-).
I love going to the downtown area of cities I travel to. You can almost hear the whispers of the past if you listen with your eyes closed:-).
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day!!!


I drive thru downtown and see these wonderful streets at least once a year for the BMW Susan G. Koman drive for the cure.It doesn't get much better then this.It's a win win situation.Still smiling in Pasco County. Dee


Beautiful town! Love all of the neat buildings and the trees. Thank you for the tour! I SO enjoyed it!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio

What a lovely stroll through your town! I love old downtowns. I would much rather shop in a downtown than a mall. I was just thinking about taking a photo stroll through my downtown whens spring comes....

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

Great tour. Seeing all that green makes me long for a trip south, which my husband and I have done many winters but probably not this winter. Seeing this makes me think I should move south but I don't think I could take the summers.

Chris@Cats on my Quilts

Great tour. Seeing all that green makes me long for a trip south, which my husband and I have done many winters but probably not this winter. Seeing this makes me think I should move south but I don't think I could take the summers.


Beautiful photos, Kim! That sunshine and seeing flowers and green trees looks so inviting on this cold windy day in VA! :)

Thank you for the tour of your town. I enjoyed it very much!


Alison Gibbs

Great photos Kim.
You live in a lovely looking town, with so many things to do and see.


What a pretty place to live! Some of your pictures remind me of a favorite 'hangout' of my husband's and mine...Northport, NY. (Alas, I can't afford to live there.) Very quaint, 'Main Street USA,' with awnings and statues and old fashioned street lamps...and a waterview!
Of course, we don't have pretty flowers all year round like you do, LOL!


Oh my...I want to be there!
We're getting up to 15 inches of white stuff tonight! I don't want to be here! Your pictures are sooo inviting Kim.Lovely!


Your downtown is so charming! I especially love the Kress building! I've got my blog up and going, so come visit anytime.


Your downtown is so charming! I especially love the Kress building! I've got my blog up and going, so come visit anytime.


What a great place!!
Thanks for sharing it with us.


what beautiful photos! i want to go take a walk there now! the streets and sights were all so pretty...very nice!

:) Diana


Dear Kim,
Beautiful photos. You must have gone early in the morning, not many people around ~ reminds me of my morning walks (that I miss so much due to the rains...).

What a peaceful tour.

Kelly Bergsing

I love the scenery there. Boy do I really miss the sun now. I am not far from where you are, but those pictures make is seem like a million miles. Everything here is dormant. Your pictures truly brightened my day. :)


It's beautiful, but where are the people?


I'm convinced you live in Mayberry.
How beautiful . . . I want to raise my daughters there!

Sweet Cottage Dreams

Hi Kim ~ I kid you not, your town looks very similar to a small town not far from our home - Oakdale, CA...where the last of the Hershey Chocolate Plants is closing in a few days. It is so similar and looking at your photos made me feel right at home..of course your music is enchanting as well and so comfortable. Visiting your blog is like putting on my favorite pair of blue jeans!!!!

love ya,

Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

I just read what Becky said and I agree. My aunt lives in Oakdale, CA and there is a very strong resemblance to their downtown. Come visit California. You'd feel right at home.


What beautiful pictures you have posted. Thanks for sharing. It is beautiful there. Love the blooming flowers after our day of snow and wind in Okla. City area.

Betty in Oklahoma

christy in georgia

Thanks for the hometown tour. You are the most magnificant guide!

Kathryn Bechen

Hi Kim,

Just taking a blog break after a super busy week. Love your downtown! Very quaint and lovely. Cheers! Kathryn


Just loved this photo essay and tour! Fun!!


Wow! I must admit I didn't appreciate that little town growing up there. It's so pretty now! I actually have my name on one of the bricks in Munn Park - a gift from my Mom. Thanks so much for the tour. I miss Brooke Pottery!!


Hi Kim, loved your pictures, we just got back from visiting friends in Lake Wales (flew back yesterday), my friend took us to the Stable and Barn as a result of your posting back during the holidays, I loved it! Thanks for sharing all that you do, it enriches all our lives whether we visit in person or during our cyberspace travels.
Love ya!

sandra @7th St. Studio

What an enchanted stroll through town! Especially with that fabulous music playing along! So perfect. That is it, I am making a date to visit one of my fav downtowns right now!!! Thank you for the inspiration!-Sandra

apt. a {berriehead}

yeah girl! take that camera out with you! love your downtown! I love mine too:) someday when I'm not covered in snow I'll take you to mine;) ox


What a charming town you live in! I love old-fashioned downtown areas that are so unique to older towns - I grew up in one like that. And I love the lampposts, too!


There's nothing quite as charming as downtown Small Town, USA. Lovely pictorial, Kim.


Wonderful photos and pretty town ~


Wonderful photos and pretty town ~


Can you walk to this beautiful area from Daisy Cottage?

Esther Sunday

So quaint! And - no snow!! Wah for me! Love, Esther


Your daisies on flickr make me want to see what you were up to on your blog. I am so glad I stopped by, what a wonderful tour of your town. I love tours, and your photos are gorgeous. Your friend Vickie sounds like a keeper. I bet those daisies filled you up with the kind of love that only a dear friend knows how to do. Blessings, Karen

Betty @ Country Charm

Interesting architecture, scenery, statuary....would this by chance by Lakeland?

Enjoyed my visit.....Betty @ Country Charm....


I love the Terrace Hotel...and Munn Park is so pretty. didn't eat at Harry's!!! And where are the swan pictures???


Oops!!! Guess I needed to go one post down to see the swans!!! Love Lake Morton and the pretty swans!

Katherine plecas

Loved the pictures of Downtown. Have been reading your blog for several month and always wondered where you lived in FL. After seeing Downtown I know. I live about an hour south and west of you. Love your web site and visit often.


what a beautiful the buildings..


Such a quaint town! I'm moving! We have tons of snow right now...where did you say you lived???


I'm just getting here and what a nice treat for Monday morning! I went to school in Daytona Beach and DeLand, so I wandered around Florida quite a lot. I was able to recognize your downtown...lovely!!


I live in this town! Yet looking at your photos makes it feel like I'm seeing it for the first time!

Thanks for sharing.

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