Thursday, January 26, 2017

Blending with Energy

I spent a week in Key West, Florida recently to attend a Writer's Workshop.

It was my first time staying in Key West and I was totally in love with the calm, unhurried, laid-back energy where everything goes.

Good Morning!
Roosters run wild, pecking away  in yards, in parking lots. This smart one chose to be at the beach!

Egrets fishing in the early morning.

Even the pet dog gets to ride in a boat.
Yup, everything goes in Key West. 

I had a great time!  Learned a lot at the Conference, made some new friends and travelled everywhere on a bicycle. 

Oh the feeling of freedom! Jumping on the bike, peddling to the conference, to the beach, to the shops, greeting perfect strangers along the way, stopping to pick up a sandwich or bottle of water, weaving around random roosters pecking in the dirt - it was a nice relaxing way to get around, where no one is ever late for anything (well actually people showed up early for the conference part, which was just as well - you can get toooo laid-back).

One evening we were treated to a sunset sail. Drinks flow in Key West and as we boarded the boat I was handed a glass of wine. 
"Um, may I have water, please?" 
I'm not a drinker so the free-flowing booze was lost on me. But the good thing is that people here in Key West, whether on an excursion or in a restaurant are just - happy, not drunks (or at least I didn't run into any).  
The ocean felt a little too tranquil on the way out and I wondered if we'd ever arrive at our destination.  The crew were not concerned in the least and I should have remembered that all would be well, no worries, that everything goes in Key West.  
Breeze picked up on the way back and the rest of the evening was absolutely delightful, with the most glorious sunset!

I chuckled at some of the signs at The Eden House (my hotel) and thought I'd share with you. Doubt if these would be "allowed" back home where I live - too bad. :-(

Don't think anyone will leave their children unattended, do you?


Patricia said...

Ooh what a lovely trip Wendy. So glad you enjoyed yourself. So, I can now follow you which is great and thanks for your email. Look forward to becoming good blogging friends Px

bill burke said...

Sounds like a great time in Key West. Wild roosters, who knew they existed. Nice images and the sunset is absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks for you comment on my blog somewhereinireland, I appreciate it.
Have a wonderful weekend!

joanne said...

I wouldn't mind wiling away a few days in Key West. We have always wanted to go's on the list. Glad you had a great, relaxing time and enjoyed the conference.

Naturegirl said...

Ahh yes memories of Key West! I loved my visit there years ago. "Don't worry be happy" their motto! Time for a revisit viewing your photos!
With no blue skies in my world looking at the one with boat and dog glorious color!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Have spent a couple of holidays there Wendy. I to loved the calm relaxed nature of the place.
The sign is hilarious, it did make me laugh:)

Some beautiful images.......

Hilary said...

Sounds like a perfectly relaxing time. I'm happy for you.

There's a bakery up in Bancroft, Ontario with that espresso/free puppy sign. I have a pic of it somewhere. :)

Grayquill said...

The rocks...stay off? That sign would be enough to make me crawl right up. It does sound like you had a wonderful time. Good for you!

stardust said...

Dear Wendy - Looks like you had a wonderful time, free, comfortable, and recharging yourself at Key West. The sunrise is awesome. Hope you still aren’t caught in rush of every day so often. Thank you for your comment on my latest post. The air is still cold here but I hear footsteps of spring speeding up.