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Monday, July 18, 2011

Old Books and A Vintage Travel Trailer

This is one of my favorite books and after a little arm twisting in order to get him to read it, it is also "The Rev's."  Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is amazing. It tells of her life in the backwoods of what was essentially a Florida Swamp during the 1930's. Ms. Rawlings was one tough cookie!

While sitting on her front porch, looking out at the lake near her home, she wrote "TheYearling." Mrs. Rawlings fell in love with this  area of Florida and the people of the area fell in love with her. Today, many people miss this............"The Real Florida" as they hurry by to the beach or Disney World or some other concrete paradise.  BUT "The Rev" and I discovered it years ago and when we walk onto Mrs. Rawlings property at Cross Creek.....it is with reverence and respect. And so............what does all this have to do with "Miss Betty"?


While picking FRESH oranges from Ms. Rawlings orange trees last winter we had a BRIGHT IDEA! We decided that we would come back and spend 2 weeks camping in a park nearby and canoe Cross Creek (the scene of many of her escapades) and see what adventures we might find.

And so...during the day I'll be doing this ( well not exactly...this is a lake in Savannah and not a creek in the deep, dark swamp of  Florida). And at night, we'll be resting in "Miss Betty".  We won't be going until late September but I have already changed her theme. Since we will be doing alot of canoeing in Florida, what other theme should we have but bugs, frogs, birds....and so on. Enjoy "Miss Betty's new look."






Lots of thrifted goodies and even some Dollar Tree and Michael's items used in this quick theme change. One thing I love is the small comforter at the end of the bed. It is really a comforter for a toddler bed. I loved the hedge hog,mushroom, squirrel, bird theme and it was 75% off which I loved even more. Perfect for just a cover while watching tv after those long days canoeing in the creek.

And finally....the thing I never go camping without.........

I keep thinking that it will help me overcome my fear of bears........it hasn't. And there are black bears in Florida. And while I am not going to be in Montana with grizzlies ( which I was and never saw one)....there are still bears....and to me a bear is a bear and a snake is a snake....and that is all I have to say about that.

Hugs,
Cindy

















7 comments:

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I am a new follower. Oh and on bears, all you need is pepper spray. We spend lots of time in North Carolina, and have seen bears there several times. I haven't had to use it, but I hear it completely incapacitates them. Love the camping theme you got going here. Blessings.

Colleen said...

You and the Rev are going to have so much fun! I love how you have fixed up Miss Betty! Don't worry too much about the black bears. I had an encounter with one in TN. It was more afraid of me than I was of it. ;) Just don't go near their cubs! Make lots of pictures for your blog!

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Oh my goodness! I've never been one for camping, but Miss Betty makes me want to have a camper of my own. Love it!

TexCyn said...

Oh what an adorable TT - I love it! You've decorated it very nicely.

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