Not a bad gift after all

Remember as a kid being coaxed into being good …

Under the hollow threat that old Santa Claus might find out? (It worked!)

This chunk of limestone
is on display at the Palm Cottage

Worst case scenario would be getting a chunk of rock like this.

Better known as 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.

Now that I’m older (and a bit of a geologist) …

Finding a chunk of tabby under the tree sounds great.

No wrapping paper needed, a bow on top would suffice.

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