Hello and welcome. And shall I say hello to spring yet? I hope you are some of the fortunate folks who are warming up this week.
Congratulations to Karen Walker! Last week was Read an eBook week sponsored by Smashwords.com. Karen won her choice of my e-books listed on the My Books-Fiction and Non-fiction page of this blog in the tab above. Did you get to read an eBook last week?
I started a fun paranormal mystery, Act of Abduction, by Brainerd and Fraser, and enjoying it. Truly an escape from everyday life.
We took a break from the usual everday activities when our daughter and her family visited last week. We took them to Tarpon Springs, Florida, well-known for its sponge business and Greek culture influences. In fact according to Wikipedia, Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek Americans of any city in the US. The scenic waterways in the area flow into the Gulf of Mexico where sponge divers harvest sponges all along the west coast of Florida.
We walked along the docks in the historic district filled with tourist shops and Greek restaurants and bakeries. (Yes, we stopped for some of their delicious treats in the afternoon. I wish I had taken a picture of the cakes we enjoyed. They were beautiful as well as tasty. I had the plain kok (pronounced coke) which is NOT plain. Two small sponge cakes filled with custard and frosted with chocolate icing. MMMM, yummy! Take a peek at them and get the recipe at the Taste of My Life site.)
|Many fishing boats and sponging boats docked in the harbor area. |
Gorgeous day to be there.
|Laughed at a boat tow away zone sign. Usually a vehicle tow away zone.|
|An original sponge boat circa 1933|
|Diver with his vintage water tight diving suit. He gets in and out of it using soap and water.|
|Diver with our nine year old grandson and me|
|Diver brought up a sponge from the bottom of the springs area|
|Clambering on board. Diver has to add 172 pounds of gear to his weight in order to keep him on the bottom of the sea floor..|
|I love pelicans. Maybe even more than flamingos. They were everywhere.|
Do you use a sponge? a natural sponge from the bottom of the sea? Leave a comment below and let us know how you use it. Thanks.