Today was not the warmer day I was hoping for but it was mostly sunny and for most of the afternoon it was pleasant if windy at times. I went to the bird sanctuary first (after checking out of my motel) and had a pleasant walk around. It is a rather neat place with a park for young kids across from the public parking area. There are several wooden walkways from different streets and a camping area that lead to the beautiful white sand beach.
Some areas have protected vegetation and one plant that was there I’m sure was the same as one I saw on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) that is salt water resistant and helps prevent erosion. On Rapa Nui, it had almost completely disappeared after a tsunami and then about 10 years later another tsunami brought it back. When I was there on an archaeological dig, we spent a day gathering cuttings from it in one area and planted then in another area because erosion is such a serious problem there. It was neat to find it there.
There is a launch area for canoes and kayaks into a little inlet that leads out to the Gulf. (Notice ow the weather has changed in just the last half hour.) All of the picnic areas have white shells making a floor the way we might use white pebbles at home. It was a bit disappointing as I only saw one bird which may or may not have been a sparrow; hard to tell as it camouflaged so well with the grass.
After, I drove to Venice to check out the area and do a bit of shopping. Then I returned to Sarasota to visit the Ringling estate which consists of a world class Museum of Art housing European, Asian, and American art as well as the Monde Gallery for Contemporary Art, a Circus Museum with an amazing detailed model of the circus at its peak circa 1920 (see the page added to the blog header), an entry pavilion with a gift shop, and the Venetian Gothic Palace John Ringling had built for his wife Mable which they called Ca’d’Zan (House of John), all set in a 66 acre park.
Having no children, John and Mable bequeathed their estate to the people of Florida so it was locked down immediately on his death which ensured that all the furnishings, tapestries, items of clothing, silver, and china are all original to the house. The history of the building of the house and furnishing it was fascinating. There was a large walk-in safe, electric ovens and elevator, and an organ in the main living area that has 2,000 pipes hidden behind tapestries on the 2nd floor balcony. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the house but the pictures I took elsewhere in the museums and on the grounds could fill a photo book.
The Museum of Art is housed in a building patterned after an Italian villa with many statues, gardens, huge vases of plants, and a bridge connecting the two wings. Today was the last day of the ZODIAC (2018) LEGO art by Ai Weiwei. “The 12-part piece builds upon the zodiac theme of the artist’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads sculptures from 2010 which were featured on the Ringling grounds in 2017-2018.” Each one of the pieces of this exhibit has internationally significant building in the background which the artist scorns as a political statement. Thousands of pieces of LEGO were used to create this exhibit. Glad I got to see it.
On the way back to Siesta Key, I stopped in at a Craft Fair I had seen advertised. There was some pretty neat stuff there. One lady had kind of small flat purses that had clips that attached to your belt or pants band. Ingenious. Another vendor tried to sell me roofing materials. Oh dear! There was clothing and jewelry, exotic signs, and soaps and lotions.
I went and checked in to the new resort around the corner. It’s very different from the other one and I couldn’t say if I like it better or not. Very cold tonight and they prefer that I not turn the heat on in case it bothers the neighbours — only turn the thermostat for the air conditioner up. Decided to drive to the Pizza restaurant rather than walk. It really is quite cold. They only do individual slices until 4 pm so I decided to just have a slice of Key Lime Pie. They were extremely busy and it took a long time coming even after I ordered. On a scale from 1-10, I’d give it a 6.5. Then I drove to McDonalds and got a meal to bring home so I could start my blog and get warm.
Watching Home Town while I work. Final time to say,
Cheers from Sarasota!