After our camping trip, we had two weeks in Sarasota before returning to the UK. We had plenty to keep us busy. First we had to wash or clean our camping gear and pack it all away; the car needed a good clean too!
We were soon back in what has become our regular routine. On Monday mornings Sandie goes to her tap dance class (other activities are ‘on hold’ for the summer); on Saturday mornings we go downtown to the library, the charity shops and the farmers’ market. We usually go down to the bayfront for our Friday evening ‘pub crawl’, occasionally further afield to Anna Maria Island, and we’re branching out to find new places too. We’ve discovered a bar that does great ‘happy hour’ cocktails, and a really good Thai restaurant, both not far at all from our condo. One night we were later than usual going down to the bayfront (because we’d been for cocktails first) but were in perfect timing for a really wonderful sunset.
On Sunday mornings, and sometimes during the week as well, we go to one of the beaches near Sarasota. We went to Turtle Beach for the first time in quite a while; the last time we went, there was heavy machinery repairing the beach south from the car park, and we wondered if they had finished. They certainly had: the machines had all gone, and we were amazed at the difference they had made. The beach used to be very narrow, and in places it was difficult to get past rocks without wading deep in the sea. Now there is possible to walk on the wide sandy beach, all the way to the southern tip of the island.
We had a few tropical thunderstorms (which we expected) and two days’ solid rain (which we did not). However, we did not mind too much as we had plenty to do indoors. We attended a meeting (by conference call) of the Board of Directors of Central Park II, and spent time chatting with neighbours, or writing emails to the directors, about some of the issues raised. We also spent a lot of time on proposal development (so much for being retired!) in frequent electronic communication with our ERA partners, and with some Cambodian consultants who will work with us on the project – if we get it! Watch this space.