Friends From Florida

This past weekend we had some friends from Florida come for a visit. Ben and Tracy had decided to come visit family in North Carolina, and stopped at our place on the way. We only had 24 hours, but we packed it full of visiting, eating, and sightseeing! Tracy brought gifts, a cookbook for me (The Cake Bible!) and marshmallows for James (an inside joke about him being scared of marshmallows).

Marshmallow Scare!

We also went to Acid Park, where the whirligigs created by Volis Simpson have resided for nearly half a century. They are being moved to town, repaired, and re-painted. You can tell that Mr. Simpson can’t keep up with them now that he is older, but it’s a shame they are being moved.

James and Volis Simpson at his workshop

Mr. Simpson allowed us to see his smaller work inside the shop, a huge treat! He is famous around the world for his creations from scrap metal. He is a welder, and just couldn’t see throwing all these things away, so he created something beautiful from them.

JJ admiring Mr. Simpson's brightly colored creations


Mr. Simpson showing the boys different pieces

JJ liked this helicopter; it had guns and all!

Talking with Mr. Simpson

I can’t resist showing you some of Mr. Simpson’s art. I know this is about friends, but these are breathtaking!


Ben, investigating another part of the park

There is a story about the picture below. According to the story (not true by-the-way) Volis Simpson’s daughter was killed while riding her bike by the driver of this car. In his sadness, it is said that Mr. Simpson began creating whirligigs in memory of his dead daughter. While that story is completely made-up, Mr. Simpson does love children, especially the ones that need a spirit lifted or who have handicaps, often making gifts to them of his beautiful creations.

Tracy, taking pictures of the car with a tree growing through it

I had to include some silhouettes

After going to Acid Park, we stopped by to see the local ostrich. He was right by the fence, so we got a good look!

I wouldn't want to be on this guys bad side!

Tracy enjoyed the animals at our home as well, and they loved her too! She even milked goats with me, and did a great job!

Tracy and the gals

They wouldn't let her leave!

Hopefully next time we will have a longer visit, but what a blessing this time was!



About nigerianmeadows

I am a homeschooling mother of 2 autistic children and cook gluten-free, I homestead on 2.5 acre and raise goats and chickens for dairy and eggs, I garden, cook, quilt, and take photographs. I build, paint, scrub, and dance on tables. I am the ultimate WOMAN!!! Oh, yeah, and I like my husband a whole lot (he is the one that makes all this possible, and he loves me like no other!)
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2 Responses to Friends From Florida

  1. Heath says:

    This was a fun weekend! It was too short but it was a lot of fun during the time we had.

  2. Heath says:

    Also, as an addition to the part about the story people tell about the old car, Vollis does have a daughter and she is alive and well, and works in the area as a nurse.

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