Sunday was a day of recharging the batteries … heck … even got a chance to see the sunshine. After brunch at First Watch we headed down to Venice for a day on the sandy beaches … relaxing (though it took energy to not think about the office). Donna was an absolute natural at the “shark tooth hunt” … pulling them out by the dozen – some small, some large, all treasure.

Sifting through the shells

Our collection
After leaving the beach we made the stop we have been meaning to make for the past two years … downtown Venice. We walked up and down main street viewing the many painted “pigs” the line the road. We passed from storefront to storefront – only a few were open, but we were mostly window shopping anyways. It was a fantastic afternoon to share some ice cream and enjoy the sun.

Seemed fitting for this weekend
Along our walk there were a number of flowers … so we stopped to take a couple photos. I have not really taken “flower” shots before … so I was playing with something a little new.

Then it came to the “Melissa challenge”; Melissa: “What can you do with that one?” as she points to a wilting flower on the side of the shrub. Cam: “This one?” as I point to one of the blossoming ones lit by the sun … Melissa: “Nope, the one down lower … see what you can do?”. So … I tried my hand … and I think it turned out quite well.

It was great having Donna here, just wish I could have had more time with them … though Melissa and Donna seemed to really get out and about; Myakka, Mote, shopping, Ringling Museum of Art … and the entire Lord of the Rings extended edition … a packed week for sure … but tons of fun. And the best part is my wife now knows how to make home-made perogies … oh yea!!!!

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