It’s that time of Year again!

Bah-humbug, a descriptive term that has become more prevalent in describing someone who just doesn’t like Christmas. It’s not that one dislikes it really or is tight, ie. not spendthrift but I think a term to describe someone who’s just got bored with the commercial, shove it in your face mentality of the retail traders. Advertising and store promotions seem to begin earlier every year. Starting late September or early October is not unusual and by the time December arrives, well some of us are just fed up with it.

In my opinion, a good walk in the country air re-stimulates the brain and helps to put things into perspective. It definitely brings me back to earth with a bump following the media bombardment. Here are a couple of images taken just before and on Christmas day.

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Dog having a wail of a time in Portsmouth last week
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Peaceful scene on the downs at Clapham – Christmas morning.

Happiness is a journey not a destination

From Kissimmee west towards Spring Hill and Bayport on State Road 50. A comfortable two hour journey, take a detour into Brooksville a sleepy small city with lots to offer to the casual traveller. Yes, it’s a bit run down on the outskirts but venture to the centre and you will find little gems to enlighten you.

Onwards heading west a long Cortez Boulevard over the junction towards Weeki Waatchi and Bayport to discover a world of swamps and villas with Gulf coast sunsets, boats in abundance and our motel. The aptly named Manatee Landing.




Kissimmee – This area was originally named Allendale, after Confederate Major J. H. Allen who operated the first cargo steamboat along the Kissimmee River – the Mary Belle. It was renamed Kissimmee when incorporated as a city in 1883. The etymology of the name Kissimmee is debated, apart from general agreement that it is Native American in origin.

On the northern shore of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho) a perfect place to spend of an early morning just wandering the endless paths and trails that abound around the lake and historic part of the city.