Saturday, April 30, 2016

Las Margaritas



There's a new Mexican restaurant in town, Las Margaritas. It is located in the Heathbrook Outdoor Mall, and so far so good. We stopped in shortly after it opened, but the crowds were oppressive, so we left to return another day. It's large and looks good. We talked with some folks as they left the restaurant and their comments were quite positive.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Stone Creek - Ocala




Stone Creek is a Del Webb 55+ community located southwest of downtown Ocala, Florida.  It is a rapidly-growing community which features a number of amenities and a championship golf course.

The first photo above pictures the entrance area coming into Stone Creek proper.

The second photo shows the restaurant and the golf pro shop.

The last photo depicts the golf course practice range.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Amenities at On Top of the World



On Top of the World is a very large 55+ community located about 8 miles southwest of downtown Ocala.  It offers a variety of home types, and many amenities including three golf courses, several swimming pools, a cultural center, numerous clubs and organizations, and much more.

Because of all this the community continues to grow as older adults look for places to live that provide security and the above-mentioned amenities.

Circle Square Commons is an open area on the north side of OTOW.  The Commons holds a farmer's market there once a week and entertainment is provided quite often.

The cultural center offers a wide variety of events as you can see from the sign above.  It often features well-known singers and entertainers such as Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul & Mary.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

HITS Horses Can Have Fun, Too!




She was brought out from the stable, put into a paddock where she took off running as fast as she could.


She continue running along the fence line, happy as a lark.


She slowed to a stop at the fence corner to say hello to a friend.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

First You Work, Then You Sleep




If you look closely at the 3rd photo, you'll note that while the goose may be pretending to sleep, she's watching my every move. I was only about ten feet away when I took the shot.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sunrise, Sunset


Sunrise - Majestic Oaks


Sunrise - Royal Oaks Golf Course


Sunset - Majestic Oaks


Sunset - Southwest Ocala



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Crossroads Church Carnival




Crossroads is a relatively small Christian congregation (unaffiliated so far as I can tell) located on what is becoming a very busy thoroughfare.  The church is housed in several manufactured structures.  It seems to have a number of programs as part of its ministry and strives to serve the Spanish speaking residents on Ocala's southwest side.

Just recently, the church arranged for a carnival to set up on its relatively large lot.  I imagine it was to be a fund-raising project.  I intended to stop and take some photos but neglected to do so.

So, when I saw "they" had taken the carnival down and parked all the trucks and paraphernalia, I decided it was not too late.  Can you tell what kind of rides, etc., were offered at this carnival by what you see in these photos?

I didn't think so.  :)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Publix Bakery


Publix is the name of a very nice chain of supermarkets in this area. While Publix may be pricey at times, the quality and quantity of goods usually makes up for the extra cost. One of the best things about Publix is their bakery. The variety and tastiness of the items produced by the Publix bakeries are superb and would rival, I think, any of our independent bakeries.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Oh, Deer Me!



While on a bike ride recently, I spotted these two deer which are functioning as lawn ornaments. Cute they were, so I stopped and snapped a couple of pictures. Then I realized the photos were really dull and boring, especially for Florida, so I rode home and took a photo of a bush in our front yard, bursting with the glory of spring!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Memories


On the back of our lot, we have a stand of trees and shrubs. During the summer, spring and fall, the trees and shrubs are filled out and anything lurking in our mini-forest is impossible to see.

Last winter, though, as the foliage had thinned, I spotted this memorial rock or tombstone for the first time. Inscribed on it is a very famous "funeral" poem:

If tears could build a stairway
and memories a lane
I'd walk right up to heaven
and bring you home again.

I'm guessing one of the two previous owners of this house buried a favorite pet amidst the trees and bushes, and from the paw print, I'd guess it was a dog.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson