Tropical Beauty and Silence…..

Caribbean Vacation

I love visiting tropical places, don’t you?

Some of you may not have noticed, but I have been gone on vacation for the past.

I do love the capability to schedule my blog posts so that I don’t have a one week lapse in my blog.

Well, my family and I have just returned home from a vacation to the Caribbean.



I would love to tell you all about it, but I can’t……

At least not verbally.

You see, I haven’t been able to speak for the past three days.

Caribbean Vacation

If I could speak to you, I would tell you about the beautiful plants and gardens that I saw.

However, I can show you pictures of some of the strange and unusual plants that I saw….

Caribbean Vacation

 I would remark at how warm and beautiful the ocean water was and the breathtaking beach views.

Caribbean Vacation, St. Thomas

Caribbean Vacation, St. Thomas

We were able to visit St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the Bahamas.

Even if I cannot speak, I can still show you pictures of some of the plants that I saw that I cannot identify, hoping that maybe some of you may know what they are.  Like this flowering tree below….

Caribbean Vacation

If only I could speak, I would tell you that we had a wonderful time with our entire family.

We went with my husband’s parents and his sister’s family.

Caribbean Vacation

I was sad to see our vacation end.  But, I must say that I glad to be home again.

There is nothing that can compare to sleeping in your own bed, don’t you agree?

St. Maarten

 St. Maarten

I am thankful that I do not need to rely on my voice to communicate with all of you 🙂

Sadly, that is not true with trying to communicate with my family.

Unfortunately, I lost my voice on the last day of our vacation.

Yesterday, I visited the doctor, who diagnosed me with not only a virus that is affecting my vocal cords, but also with pneumonia.

I have never had pneumonia before…..

My mother stopped by today with lunch and to give me some TLC.

You know what?  You never outgrow your need for a little mothering now and then 🙂


I hope that you are all staying well.

I am going to take a nap now……

A Wonderful Memory…..

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
17 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    OMG I am so sorry to hear about that-and developing pneumonia in the warm Caribbean, that is just so unusual!

    My doctor prescribed treatment for pneumonia ( as I travel to lesser developed countries I always have to take a medical kit ) is a course of Ciprofaxin as well as an expectorant.

    The orange flowering tree is Geiger or Cordia Sebestena, I have 3 at home plus a white one.

    Get well soon.

  2. Rosie@leavesnbloom
    Rosie@leavesnbloom says:

    Oh it's so beautiful there.

    I know that the 2nd last photo is a picture of an Ixora flower.

    Hope you get better soon Noelle. My little nephew is just recovering from pneumonia.

  3. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    I hope you get your voice back. What a terrible time for you to get sick! Why does it always seem to happen during our vacations?

    As for the scheduling part of this blog, it's wonderful. I have my trip coming up to Panama and I am getting my topic writes ready to post while I am out of the country. The only thing that is tricky is when a current issue comes up and you have to move the posts around, but other than that, it's a great feature. Get better. Feel better.

  4. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress
    Catherine@AGardenerinProgress says:

    What a beautiful trip you had. How fun that your whole family was there.
    I've heard of more people ending up with pneumonia this year and horrible colds going around. Luckily it was the last day of your trip though and hopefully no one else will end up with it.
    I agree, never too old to use some mothering.

  5. Diana (Di)
    Diana (Di) says:

    Noelle, take care of you and do as the doctor orders! So sorry about the illness, but soon you will be feeling better. Beautiful photos, and yes, it is fun to go on vacation, but I always yearn to be back home.

  6. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Hi Noelle, am so sorry about the pneumonia, never mind some good positive thoughts and TLC from family will relieve that soonest. Take care. That was so wonderful vacation with family. The photos are great, as if i am looking at places here in our country, as we have the same climate with the Caribbean. Get well soon.

  7. Daughter of the King
    Daughter of the King says:

    I pray for your swift recovery. Do you happen to have some coconut oil? Take 1 tbsp 3x per day for a week. It is great for killing virus'. Also, honey works wonders for the vocal cords.

  8. gippslandgardener
    gippslandgardener says:

    Hello Noelle, I've been enjoying your lovely balmy pictures as I sit and listen to the rain bucketing down on the roof here!

    You are so well organised with your blog – even automatic posts! I wandered off from mine for a little while and I completely neglected it!

    All the very best wishes for getting well soon 🙂

  9. Ginny
    Ginny says:

    How warm and inviting your vacation photos are! But I'm so sorry you came home with pneumonia 🙁
    I hope you mend quickly – and I'm glad your mother was able to provide some TLC.

  10. Solitude Rising
    Solitude Rising says:

    Hello Noelle. I'm sorry to hear that you're sick. I hope you get better soon and regain your voice. Good thing you didn't get sick while in the beginning or middle of your family vacation.

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures from the Caribbean.

  11. One
    One says:

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos. We have many of those tropical plants here too. The photo of the ocean is awesome. Pneumonia sound very serious. It's a good thing that it only happen when the trip is over and you are able to rest in the comfort of your own bed.

  12. Ami
    Ami says:

    Noelle: Hope you will feel better soon. Other than your sickness at the end, sounded like you had a wonderful vacation. Yes, it is always felt the best when sleeping in your own bed! take care!

  13. p3chandan
    p3chandan says:

    The flowers are blooming all year round in the tropics, but the ocean there is so beautiful!Luckily you got sick at the end of your vacation. Get well soon Noelle!

  14. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    Dear Nicole ~ Your vacation looks like it was splendid. Your photos are wonderful. I am so sorry to hear that you lost your voice and got pneumonia. I do hope you are feeling much better soon. TLC and good cooking from your Mom sounds like a good dose of healing medicine.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLay

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