A “chunk of rock” from Rudolph?

Did you ever have a year you thought you were being really good …

Only to wake up on the big day to find nothing but a chunk of rock under the tree?

This chunk of rock is on display
at the Palm Cottage

The chuck of limestone shown above is called Tamiami Tabby.

The original settlers of Naples didn’t have any cement mills, but with plenty of sand and water and shells they were pretty well set. Mix them together in a broth over the high heat of a buttonwood fire, and then let it dry, and tabby is what you got.

Palm Cottage is the oldest house in Naples, Florida

Not as strong as modern cement, but good enough:

They used it to build the Palm Cottage – Naples oldest house – which, just a few blocks from Naples Pier, is still standing.  At least, that’s what I read on the sheet of paper above the rock.

There’s a side of me still thinking that somebody was a really bad boy.

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