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July 29, 2009



What a lovely place to visit! I love that you took the time to visit the graveyard and if in 100 years time, someone who has no idea who my son is, takes the time to think about him and wonder what he was like, I shall be very happy and honoured. x


Love the post!! Beautiful cemetary photos. I always wonder about the people layed to rest in the cemetaries. What was their life like back in the old days? What did they do, what kind of work did they do? etc. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong era.
Thank you once again, Kim, for such a lovely post. Your words and pictures always brighten my day!


Good morning Kim :)

Micanopy is a beautiful place! Thank you for bringing us with you :)

We always try to stop at cemeteries too. My grandfather always did when my mom was little, so I must have gotten it from him. The children's grave always make me sad, but the married couples put a smile on my face knowing that they are together. I realize that sounds odd, but I think they must have waited for the other one to join them and now they're finally at peace.

Can't wait to see where else you went.... :)



The cemetery wanderings enlivened my heart this morning. People like us, who decorate like we do (I know your style and it's mine), love stories. Cemetery stories are captivating to me, much like the sometimes known, but often dreamed-up stories I attach to the things I buy at thrift shops, garage sales, antique shops. Thanks for stirring up those feelings today.
Your friend,

Mary Lou

Good morning, Kim!
Thanks so much for showing us the moments of your outing with your friend. It is so nice to just wander through your pictures. I can just imagine being there.......there is much "scope for the imagination".
I love old cemeteries! When we visited Charleston we loved walking through them. It really makes you wonder.
Mary Lou


Wonderful post, Kim. I love going to old cemeteries and wandering about, wondering about the people and their lives.

Micanopy looks like such a fun place to explore and I agree with Lori, it's always fun to see what may be around the next corner.


What a beautiful place this is. Love the pictures.


Wonderful pictures and details of your trip. Where is Micanopy? I can't find it on the Florida map in my road atlas and I don't have a map from the state. Looks like the kind of place my husband and I would love to visit.

Looking forward to the next installment --


Sea Witch

One of my favorite places in Northern Florida and a real hidden gem. I aquired a lovely spool chest from a small, off the beaten track antique store there in 1985. It is in my home and holds antique ivory crochet hooks and silk badges. Rally enjoyed your posting. Sea Witch


Great pictures!! We've stayed at the Herlong - even got the ghost's room (but didn't see her). Thanks for showing these - I have a little trip planned for this weekend. :)


Lynn Cliburn

That is so much fun to go along with you and Lori...beautiful photos and I love the way you make us feel like we are really there with you!
That old mansion looks gorgeous..will check that out! AND of course the coconut cake caught my of my most FAVS!!

Have a wondrous Wednesday!

~Let FREEDOM Ring!~


Holy cats! I met that cat two years ago when I ate at that same restaurant. I'm so glad to see he's doing well :)

Daisy Cottage

Oh Felicia how cool is THAT!!
Yes our little friend looked like he was very happy!!!

Susan, I wish I could go again this weekend to see YOU!!! Have fun!


Becky G.

Oh Kim! Thank you for sharing your day with me! I love small pretty towns and even wandering through old cemetaries. Thanks again for sharing!

Jean Eakin

Kim, what a wonderful town and what a wonderful tour. I love the old cemetary and statues. It was an awesome adventure.
jean in virginia


These photos of the cemetary are really beautiful. I'm so drawn to them, especially the old family plots. I wonder about them. You've captured the feeling beautifully.

Nancy M.

Congrats to Debb for being chosen. I know you will treasure Kim's gift to you.
Kim, I would choose the Azalea Room. I think it is elegant and cozy. I could be a queen for a day in that room. I looked for Micanopy on Google Maps and saw that is a ways north of Lakeland. I bet it was a beautiful drive. I will be back tomorrow to continue the tour.
Nancy M.

Tina in Duluth

We've stayed at the Herlong Mansion! I'm not sure the name of the room, it was on the top left as you are looking at the house. The BEST part was the veranda had a swing - the size of a twin bed. It was a very romantic place!


What a lovely place to stay. The owners did a fantastic job restoring it. I like the little pump house for privacy and tranquil setting, the Herlong suite for the beautiful french doors and viranda.

Whenever I think you've outdone yourself.. you go and find a beautiful and charming mansion with interesting history to share with us. Thank you!!

Can't wait to see more :)


Monica Epperson

Hi Kim,
I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the post today. You take so much time in posting the beautiful photos (makes you feel like you are there). Also, not only is it beautifully done, we always learn a little history and background on your travels. Thanks for letting me share your vacation. Wish I could go with you sometime. I enjoy going "graving" which we in Indiana call search old cemeteries. It is so peaceful and interesting....I spent one whole afternoon in Grantham England in an old cemetery it was fantastic. Have a great week and keep posting.

Your Hoosier Friend,

Daisy Cottage

Thank you Monica VERY much.
I really appreciate that..
AND I wish you could come with me too.


Cheri Peoples

Your music takes me back in time-love it, even tough I'm only in my early 40's. That mansion is beautiful.

I am starting a NEW Mr. Linky party. It will begin on Aug 10th so everyone will have a week and a half to think about their first post. I have a poll up for votes on which button should be the new button. The "party" is called The Knock Off Knock Out-where THRIFTY meets creative sensation. Go over and learn more about the new weekly event and I would appreciate if you would cast your vote and HELP pick the new button design and its the last week for the July GIVE-A-Way, if you would like to be a part of that event..


What an amazing adventure! You have made me want to get my camera out and take pictures of life. Just life, simple things, homes.......


Such pretty pics. That cemetary reminds me of the one my mother is buried in. It's in Orange Springs, below Micanopy. There are Civil War soldiers buried there, so it has the same feeling.

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