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Fort Lauderdale

You may remember that before Ethel and I were to embark on the “Jewel” out of Miami, we were invited to stay with David and Amy in Boca Raton for five days. As it turned out, David was taken into hospital a week or so before we were due to arrive and Amy arranged with us to stay at her brother’s house in Ft. Lauderdale. Raymond and Janice Schuck were fabulous hosts: they not only provided us with the run of their house but gave us the use of a car and GPS so that we could visit David daily! (The hospital was about 15 miles from their house). And, Ramond delivered us to the ship on time. They made us feel absolutely like family members and we shall be forever grateful to them.

Florida living

View from Ray and Janice's garden


Ray took us out in the boat for a nighttime ride. Very romantic!

Ft. Lauderdale natives

Within a few hundred yards of  Ray’s house is a Mangrove swamp reserve. Here are some of the denizens I found there:


Florida duck

Mangrove swamp

Crab with one outsize claw. What purpose, I wonder?

Racoon saga. In daylight they were sporting in the water!

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Racoon scratching post

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Balancing act!

Fishing bird?


4 Responses

  1. great pics – what an eye – enjoyed your visit.

  2. Janice. Many thanks for your kind comment. Our travelling friend, Sandy Troy identified the birds for me. In order, they are a molting Sandhill Crane, a Muscovy duck (which you know quite well I imagine) and a Yellow Crown Night Heron. No one has identified the crab yet. Best wishes, Ben and Ethel

  3. Beautiful setting. Ethel and the swamp creatures look good! Hope David is feeling better.

  4. Thank you Valerie. I spoke to David who is home now and he sounds quite chipper. He is slill using a walking stick for support, but he thinks he will be free of that too after week or two more of therapy. Best wishes

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