Real Music – Real Masters – Ballroom with at Twist

Refills of caramel popcorn is only available at the vendor near the entrance.
The smell entices you to get some as you walk in.

Ballroom with a Twist was a great performance worth the trip.
Watch out though, they want you to get-up and try some of the steps.

 

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Close up lions.

 

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Don’t forget to join the trainers at 3:30PM.

Debbie the Hippo loves to perform for the crowd.

 

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2019 Picking Oranges

After 7 years of visiting Florida there are still more new things to do.

Sunday we went to Hancock Groves to pick Oranges with my niece and her young family.

Nothing is better than fresh oranges in the morning.  For the cost of a small bag of oranges we had a good walk in the mist this morning and visited the gift shop.

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Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2018

Always worthwhile getting the annual pass for Busch Gardens.  The season ticket types have changed.  Be certain to renew in person for the best deals: seniors discount and a discount for renewing.

The Christmas Town sites, shows and sounds were amazing.

Christmas on Ice fantasy skating at the Moroccan Palace:

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Stanleyville Theatre Christmas carols:

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As well as all the other amazing sights on site:

Zephyr Park in November

One of my favorite places to go walking in Florida.  Free entrance and free parking.  There is a water feature for young children, a playground, picnic areas and tennis courts.  The birds aren’t afraid of people so it’s a photographers’ paradise.  Sunday afternoons the snowbirds set-up and play music.

Squirrels looking for treats greet visitors.

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Ibis are plentiful.

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The majestic Woodstorks love to pose.

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Little blue heron or tri-colored heron fish in the shallow waters.

This is the first time I’ve seen the black bellied whistling (tree) ducks.

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Anhinga or snake birds hang their wings to dry.

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Great white egret, cattle egret, white peacock butterflies and monk parakeets were also spotted today.

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Flower Pot Island

There are several different boat lines that will take you from the main land to the island.  The glass bottom boats cruise down Big Tub Harbour so you can get a view of the sunken ships.

On-leash dogs are welcome on the boats and throughout the park.

Once you land on Flower Pot Island you’re in for a wonderful hike.  Be certain to take water and snacks.  The distance may not seem very far, but the terrain is challenging.  I only saw 1 small garter snake and it was much too fast for me to get a picture.

The walk from the dock to the flower pots:

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Amazing walk to the lighthouse and observation deck:

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The Loop trail is very challenging with steep stairs and large rocks.  Rickie was fine going up the stairs but wouldn’t go down.

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Marl Bed Trail was the last trail Rickie and I hiked going to the far end of the island and past the campsites.  I think I’ll add camping on the island during a full moon to my bucket list.  Backpack only.  No campfires are permitted.  But you get a private waterfront platform site.

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Late Summer Monday at Bruce National Park

The perfect way to spend one of the last days of Summer.

We made the most of our day pass to the Bruce National Park hiking to the Grotto in the afternoon then to Singing Sands to watch the sunset.  Bruce National Park is Dog friendly so be certain to take your leash and your dog to enjoy the hiking.

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Singing Sands was now open with it’s renovations and new boardwalk.  Watching the sunset was well worth the return trip to Tobermory, Ontario.

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Strathroy-Caradoc Horticultural Society’s 24th Annual Garden Tour

Always an amazing tour to attend.  Starting with the purchase of tickets at the Middlesex County Library:

There were a total of 8 gardens to visit this year.

GARDEN 1:

Jerry & Kathy Pawitch
525 Dewan St, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 2:

Jim & Cheryl Losch
49 King St., Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 3:

Joe Eagleson and John Van Geel
7 McKay Street, Poplar Hill

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GARDEN 4:

Jim and Mary Copeland
62 Hickory Blvd. West, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 5:

Joyce Callcott
377 Beattie St, Strathroy

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GARDEN 6:

Bruce and Barb Fonger
249 Park Street, Strathroy ON

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GARDEN 7:

Larry & Marlene Dejonckheere
23693 McEvoy Rd., Mt. Brydges ON

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GARDEN 8:

Charlie Eliot
2248 Gore Street, Mt. Brydges ON

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Chasing Sunbeams

The hot hazing days of summer are just starting and made for a perfect early morning walk through the Strathroy Conservation Area.

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My dog Rickie enjoyed the walk and our adventure chasing the sunbeams.

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We were even lucky enough to see a deer in the field.

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Then back home to enjoy the garden.

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Welcoming Summer in Tobermory ON

 

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A quick trip to visit Big Tub Lighthouse and the Bruce Trail.  Shopping at the local stores.  Then sitting on the back porch where a Red Squirrel demanded more peanuts.  The Canadian Geese were looking for bread, Mallard Ducks posed and an early morning Blue Heron was fishing.

Lady slippers were among the flowers that adorned the roadside for a couple of perfect days to welcome the beginning of Summer in Tobermory Ontario.

 

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We tried to go to Singing Sands beach, but construction of the new boardwalk meant we weren’t able to access the area.  Across the road we found Purple Pitcher Plants in bloom.  I’ve never seen these amazing plants and flowers before so plant identification came after we were home.  I’m looking forward to my next visit to walk on the new boardwalk.

 

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We ended our visit by going to probably the only sandy beach in Tobermory.

 

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