I Think That I Shall Never See…

We have many lovely trees in Country Place, both wild and cultivated. This cypress, in Rebecca and Dave Mohr’s yard, is one of the latter and here is highlighted by a shaft of light cutting through the canopy.

Growing Up In Country Place

2016-01-15_JackPanagl_004aRaising kids is never easy, and perhaps even more so in these complicated times, but it has big rewards. Our boys grew up here, and although there were bumps and crashes along the way, we are immensely proud of the young men they’ve become. Watching other youngsters grow up in the neighborhood is gratifying, too, and is motivation for working hard to preserve Country Place and its amenities.

I ran across this young fella yesterday while out fishing. He was sitting on the Lake #3 bridge looking out on the lake. I felt a certain sympatico with someone who appreciated the view enough to sit and admire it so I stopped and introduced myself to 14-year-old Jack Panagl, son of Bryan and Agatha. I found out he’s a neighbor on Oak Meadow Circle, that he’s lived here about a year and goes to Whitehouse Middle School (not Jesuit). He rides this big board down the hill on Lakeshore (but only about half of it…he’s not nuts). Jack’s not sure of what he wants to be when he grows up, and he doesn’t “dislike” fishing (damning with faint praise). I told him about my 10.5 pound bass, hoping to motivate him, but am not sure he shared my excitement.

He was generous enough to give me a couple of minutes to act as my model against one of my favorite backdrops. My best to Jack and his family.

See You at The Lakes

2015-11-13_Lake#3-PS1_01I rarely have time to take an entire day off, but when I have only an hour or two and the weather is nice, I head for one of our Country Place lakes. All four are stocked with Florida largemouth bass, coppernose bluegill, and channel cat. I usually catch something, but even when I don’t, it’s just great to get out. Sometimes I run across a neighbor and we visit. Sometimes I run across a trespasser and have to let them know that only CPCA members with paid-up dues are allowed on these waters. But most often it’s just me, the water, the woods, and these lovely skies. If you’re a member, please use our lakes…we spend a lot of association money and time caring for them so you can.2015-11-13_CountryPlcCatch_015



Kids & Country Place

2015-11-05_Flanagans_01aI made a trip to Hidden Lake last Thursday; I’d caught a few bream and enjoyed some quiet time. I had already taken down my fly rod and was shooting pictures when I heard the sound of kids laughing and a moment later Kate & Carolyn Flanagan, along with a friend, came running over the dam with mom Kelly close behind. In short order the girls set up a picnic on the pier complete with tea and popcorn. I snapped a few photos and, as it began to get dark, we left. I was reminded of the reason Andrea and I had made the move to Country Place in 2007…this is just a wonderful place to raise kids. Our boys and I spent many hours fishing these lakes and I love seeing families enjoy our lakes and common areas.2015-11-05_Flanagans_022015-11-05_Flanagans_04a2015-11-05_Flanagans_03a