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February 17, 2009



You truly live in wonderland! The neighborhood just oozes charm and warmth. It's a perfect place for you to live, and you're perfect for it too.

Inger Luff

Lovely! What a treat for my rainy day! It must be wonderful to pull up to that sweet Daisy Cottage! Thanks for sharing!


Thank you for such a pretty tour! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Mary Lou

Wow! What a breath of fresh air in the month of February! Thanks for sharing.


You gotta love palm trees and cottages.

So jealous of your GREENERY! (I'm in Minnesota!)


the flowers are so pretty ! i love the ride !thanks carol(there is still no place like HOME!


Thank you for sharing the "scenic route" with me! It was lovely! :)


That's wonderful! Everything is so green and pretty in your neck of the woods. Thanks for the ride..most enjoyable.
RiverBend Farm

Kathleen Schott

Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing....!


I'll take one of each, thank you!


Thanks for the tour. I had to turn around and go back to look again... made me miss my Florida cottage... sigh.


You live in a gorgeous neighborhood! Thanks for the tour.


I'd take the long way home every day if my neighborhood looked like something out of a storybook like yours does! Thanks for sharing.

The Blue Ridge Gal


I'd take the long way home too if there was as much charm on the way as you've shown. Thank you so much for sharing your long way home. I really enjoyed it. laurie

Brenda Kula

I adored that first little gingerbread trimmed cottage. For some reason I like smaller houses best. Something so cozy about them. Thanks for taking us for a ride!


Were you driving? It looked like a nice walk through a beautiful neighborhood. Thanks for the tour...


How beautiful! I will always take the long way if time allows...there's so much rushing in life, it just makes it more pleasant.


What a lovely tour. I wish we had a bit of green here in Ohio right now. I am longing for Spring. ;-) Pam

Lavender Dreamer

How nice! It doesn't look so it does around here! It's so cold and bleak here in the mountains! Thanks for the afternoon drive! I enjoyed it!

Lea Harper

Oh my gosh it was lovely! What is that song playing? I can't wait for summer!



Thanks for the little escape ~ all those houses are beautiful and *Loved* so pretty!


I had to double check and see what state you are in since i saw blooming flowers lol! Great pics!


I love those cottage houses! Beautiful! Thanks for the drive!




ooops, I thought you were out for a power-walk
...guess you would've burned up all the calories from supper...hehe

cindy h

Ummmm..I don't think I've found that must take me along the next time !!
Cindy @ Happinest


Kim I sure did enjoy the tour of your neighborhood. Feel free to take the long way home anyday. Each home was so charming and pretty just like you. I would love to live in any one of those pretty homes. RJ


I just ran across your blog today. Thanks for comment by the way :) I love all your ideas and pictures. The long way home looks charming and wonderful...what a great idea!! I will be stopping by your blog often!

Elaine L.

Until I found your blog, I thought Florida was filled with cement block houses with Florida rooms. Wow! Was I wrong.



Dear Kim, Beautiful homes, I love the one with the flag. It looks so cozy and inviting for some reason. And I love the kitty. After a drive like that, don't you just love to walk in your home and really, really love it?


Oh, how I love it! Great pictures, Kim, and I'm completely stumped on that first one. Hmmmmm.... have to think about that.

I thought about you today as I drove through the Ocala National Forest. I saw sandhill cranes on the side of the road and scouted for bear (none to be found today). I saw some beautiful scenery along the route and some other animals, but none as cute as Miss Maggie! :-) Hope her itchies are better...


Sheila :-)


What a fun virtual tour. I loved the drive. Wish I could make it everyday.
Thanks for sharing such lovely photo's.
Have a Blessed week.


Don't you just feel rich looking at all the beautiful architecture. And that Kitty! I would love to give her a hug. Cherrie

michele jansen

Oh, I loved the tour! Thank you! My sister Natasha turned me onto your blog!!


I would take that route every day! xo, suzy


Thanks for bringing some sunshine to cold and snowy Utah. We say lets go the scenic route when we want to go home the long way. One of my favorite things to do. Mimi


Thank you for the tour..lovely still have winter, but one can dream...


So beautiful!!! I would take the long way home too, that is enough to inspire anyone. So tasteful and peaceful. Have a blessed week!
Linda from Kindlelight Blessings


Thank You Kim! I left beautiful Bartow Fl. two years ago and your pictures made me feel like I was home again.

Delighted Heart

Love all those cute houses in your town!


Jules from The Roost

Oh it was quiet delightful! :)


Beautiful! I love an easy drive.
Join me for thrifty Thursday this week is you can!


I did. Cute houses. thanks. mishelle ps. Now if you could just get in them and take pictures. lol.


Lovely. Thanks for taking the time to take us along.


Wow, I would take the long way home everyday!



I think I would be tempted to take the long way home everyday. Thanks for the drive.


Kim, thank you for the drive, it was so very picturesque!! I too am jealous of your greenery!! I am in Winnipeg, MB, we won't see green until April. So it helps to see your lovely neighborhoods. Hugs, ~cindy s~


Love the cottages but the green plants are what I'm craving now. Thanks for the view!

debbie ragan



What a wonderful drive. I love all those cottages. What a neat place to live.

Lisa ~A Cottage to Me

What beautiful cottages on such a delightfully beautiful day! Today I am seeing gloomy skies with snow threatening to fall from the sky. Thank you for a spot of brightness in my day!

Rachel Going

Oh I did enjoy it! Yes, I did! xo rachel


Oh that was fun, so many pretty houses! What a lovely view indeed :)


Kelly Long

Loved it! Thanks so much for taking us on your beautiful ride (;


Such charming houses, full of character and whimsy! Thank you for the tour today!

SoBella Creations

Thanks for the tour!

Bobbie Lynn

I do the same thing. Thanks for sharing your drive with us.



Kathy :)


What beautiful houses Kim..thanks for the tour! The weather looks beautiful down there! Better than the gloomy day we have here!



Oh Kim! How beautiful and quaint your "neck of the woods" are. It's so cozy and inviting. It's like something I imagine heaven would be like.



laurie herring

Oh thank you. As I look out my window I see snow here in reno. I long for spring I also long to buy a home in the old south west reno. We owned a home in that area of reno 4000 sq feet pool and all, and since we are empty nesters we decided to sell the grand old dame 24 hours two full price offers and we had no were to live, our realtor told us not to find a home first it was a hard market and there we were with no home. This was 1 year ago My husband would not rent so we bought a 2400 sq tuscan home I have turned it into a euro cottage it is beautiful how ever it does not have the charm of the old newlannds area. so we are going to take a leap of faith put our home on the market I just found a 1300 sq 1936 cottage and it does have a 900 sq basement for when our grandchildren come we have 5 under the age of 7 so I can set it up to be a fun play room. Your drive to day confirmed how I want to get back to my old hood its just hard to get homes there even in this market. So thoughts become things, so I will think of good things, and your jouney today makes my day. Thank you for confirming my desire, those homes look like my old neighbor hood


What a lovely neighborhood! I'd love to live there. Love the pretty kitty, too!
Hugs, Susan


beautiful photos, beautiful ride!

thanks, daisy cottage!



hello -

just foud you through the grapevine, and i'll definitely be back to see what you're up to! i too live in a cottage with a little doxie (people and kitties too!)

anyhoo, nice to "meet" you!
xo heidi


Great tour Kim. Although I have traveled to many places in the US and abroad I have never been to Florida. These houses look so atypical of what I think Florida looks like; thanks for the education and now I want to see inside these great homes>



Thank you for dreamy eye candy!


I like the smaller homes best, too. Thank you for posting this! I love to look at older homes!


I could truly live in any one of those homes. That cat is too adorable. :)


I love all the sunshine and green on this dreary Feb day in NY. Such pretty homes and I love that they are all so different. You live in a lovely area.


Hi sweet Kim :)

I feel as though I just took a trip back in time. Your neighborhood is so charming and all the homes there look like something out of a beautiful movie. I had the best time :)

love you,




How beautiful!!! What a lovely way to walk home :)

spread your wings

thanks for the beautiful tour of your neighborhood. every house looks like it belongs in a magazine. where do you live?


thank you so much for brightening my cold winter day with this home tour and reminding me that soon enough I will see green grass again! I would take any one of those cute cottages :)

Carla Balfour

I live in New Zealand, and it's so wonderful to be able to view your pretty neighbourhood. maybe I will visit some day???? Thanks for the scenic tour.

NZ Carla


Good Morning Kim,

Enjoyed walking with you! Having once lived in Lakeland I felt very at home on your tour. Such a beautiful place. Thanks, Marcy


Did I mention that I love when you take the long way home too...thanks for the tour.

The Estate of Things


Why is it when you take a picture that doesn't have the object centered it looks good but when I do it....well it looks awful! :D You sure are amazing I love reading your blog!


Thanks for taking us along. I love homes that give you a hug.
Hugs to you,


I miss neighborhoods like that! No subdivision. Each house different. Lovely.


Beautiful homes, Kim. I loved taking the tour!



thanks for the ride!!


thanks for let me ride with you I love old houses sandy Rustic & Country French

Cheryl Bass

Oh, thank you for this wonderful "drive"! So glorious! I'd love to go on a drive with you any know just where to go!

Brook Sellers

Kim, I loved the long way home, wanted to stop and visit. To see inside and the backyards, they all look so inviting. A lovely neighborhood, I would be taking the long way home, many times. Of course I love your home and the color yellow,and your choices in decor. Another hug to Maggie.
Take care, Brook

Nancy Romero

Love the fotos of the lovely houses. It reminded me of Monterrey or Carmel CA homes. They have such charm. I am ready for Spring.

Thank you for the tour.


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