Tuesday, March 04, 2008

March 3rd - Bradenton, FL - 6:32pm

This is the last week before Daylight Savings Time kicks in. We got acclimated to Central Time and as of Saturday night we’ll be jumping two hours forward from that!

We sure have lots of pictures to share with you all this time! We’re trying a smaller picture size today and we would like to get feedback on that from you all. Do you like them bigger (like in previous posts) or smaller?

Mr. Ed took pictures (and video!) again from our two concerts this week. Here are a few shots from those nights.





As we were about to eat on Sunday night we were so excited to see this (Sandhill) crane outside the window.


Vincent took that shot. : )

On Monday we had the chance to tour and work on a vegetable/blueberry farm, thanks to Farmer Ben! We got to get out and get a little dirty, too!


It was quite an education on farming equipment, also. It’s simply amazing all the tools used on a modern farm.



These are the rows which have been covered in plastic from that machine above.:

The blueberry plants were planted row after row!


The ‘work’ part of the trip happened when we helped plant thousands of little cantaloupe plants!



They were really cute looking plants. : )

The process of planting these goes as follows.

grab a flat of of 128 plants

Within reason, of course! Vincent and Bonnie had a competition to see who could plant faster. Vincent ended slightly ahead at 9 flats. We would have gotten a picture of us in the field but the camera was accidentally left behind and forgotten to be retrieved by two people. We did eventually find the camera and took a picture of us on the way back in from the field.




Clay pidgin shooting!



Matthew got almost 100%




We wished we could have stayed longer but we had to get back up to Bradenton for a concert! Most of us were quite tired by then. The sun was so very hot in the field, water never tasted so good!

Now. This afternoon we were treated to the Golden Corral by the Bartlett family!

We had a spontaneous meeting of the Blue Shirt Club. :-P


And, the Grey Shirt Club met shortly after.


Happy memories!


After we walked around at Wal-Mart trying to get the food to digest. :-P

We’re looking forward to being home….but we’re also looking forward to 3 more concerts here in Florida!
As you can see I wrote this all this evening. Right now some of us are watching this show.


Blogger cali2carolina said...

Interesting video. I am pleased to say that Andrew informs us we really need to get out more.

Glad y'all are having such a great time and so many adventures.

3/05/2008 7:41 AM  
Blogger The Dart Family said...

Okay. With your education on farm equipment. What was that??? I am stumped.
Looks as if you had a great time shooting pigons.

And the picture size is fine.

3/05/2008 2:34 PM  
Blogger BonnieJ said...

Yeah. We watched the show on tv but the last part we had to stop watching. It was not just gross but inappropriate!

THAT machine (if I remember correctly!) will cover raised earth bed with plastic and throw dirt over each edge to keep the plastic down. I think they had another machine which made the raised beds.

Here’s a picture of the raised beds. I meant to put a picture in the main post but I didn’t.


Btw, I’m glad the picture size seemed fine on this post. I might just stick to this smaller size.

3/05/2008 2:58 PM  
Blogger BonnieJ said...

oh....that link isn't going to work. I'll just edit the post and put that picture in under the plastic machine.

3/05/2008 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the smaller pictures - they looks better on my screen!
I feel badly for all of you with the time change difference - what a drag! :)
Glad to see all is well!

3/06/2008 10:30 PM  
Blogger BonnieJ said...

Funny thing, in the pic of the clay pigeon and me, I'm not even close to being aimed at it! Tsk tsk.

3/07/2008 11:17 AM  

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