We’ve had a LOT of tiny insects in the air the last few days – cooler weather seems to encourage them to fly up from Lake Apopka (I think they are midges / “blind mosquitos”); today flocks of Tree Swallows have arrived, flying every direction and catching all the insects – Hooray!
I tried to capture some photos and video, but it’s really hard with the birds changing direction so often; here’s my best attempts:
Tried to zoom in to this Osprey, but my camera kept focusing on the branch in front of the bird. When I walked closer, it flew away! But at least I got a couple of nice photos:
I happened to go upstairs this morning before my walk, and caught great sunrise photos from our balcony – I then took some more with our home in the foreground …
No rain over us last night, but nearby and with the sun behind us we get a short-lived rainbow over our home!
Margaret and I walked to Newton Park last night and watched the sunset over the lake, quite beautiful!
I recorded half a minute of video too:
It’s been a few weeks now since we moved and we’re getting slowly settled in to our new home; we had the whole house painted to colors chosen by our interior designer, and quite a lot of new furniture arrived – especially for the “great room”, our main living area. Here’s that room with the new Stressless chairs and the spectacular green glass topped Island Fusion Hermes Reef table, and also our kitchen since it’s all part of the same huge space!
Also in that area is Margaret’s work desk (and she’s planning to get a filing cabinet to match).
We have four bedrooms in our new home, down from six at Independence; our master bedroom now has it’s designed colors with the new bedding – and of course there’s my favorite and spectacular shower in the ensuite:
The second bedroom has it’s ensuite walk-in shower, while bedrooms three and four share another bathroom – all downstairs of course.
Also downstairs is a “flex room” where we will be installing a projection TV / sound system for watching movies. With the home basically designed on a single level, the attractive stairs lead only to my office – although that space is also huge so I’ve split part of it into another movie / music / seating area …
Outside is not much changed from when we moved in, although Dixie Pools have now completed the pool install. There’s more to do out there (maybe just better outdoor furniture) but finishing the interior comes first!
UPDATE: Robert asked for more pictures of the table:
Over the last couple of weeks, Margaret has been packing our “old” home (Independence) and this past weekend we rented a U-Haul truck to move the more breakable items from my office (test equipment, computers) as well as other fragile things. But today was the “big move” with a company arriving to take everything to our new home (Stanton Estates) …
It took two trips and 7 hours in total, with much more time for Margaret & I to start unpacking and putting things away so our new home is a little less chaotic than it was when everything arrived!
But tonight, we’ve got our bedroom sorted, somewhere to sit and eat, and my office is ready enough that I’ll be back to work in the morning … beyond that, we’ve got a lot more to do in the next few weeks!