These plantings are located at the Town Center Plaza in Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, Florida. This was cross-posted to The Villages (Florida) Photos.
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Ocala's Paddock Mall has a smallish food court with several vendors purveying their wares. At the far end of the food court is an area which I've come to think of as "No Man's Land." Over the past few years a variety of stores offering different vittles have attempted to create viable businesses in "No Man's Land." All have failed, including one of the very famous and well-regard Subway stores.
I believe the reason for this is that the area is too far removed from the mall action.
Recently, SMALLCAKES, set up shop in "No Man's Land." It looks very nice and if I liked cupcakes I would certainly patronize the place. I hope they can make a go of it but cupcakes are a niche business and there may not be enough interest to gain enough customers to pay the bills.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Cedar Key is mainly all about clams. People here raise 'em and sell 'em. There are several major companies that raise and harvest clams in Cedar Key.
One of these is noted for their Sweet Littleneck Clams.
This boat had just pulled up the ramp after a clam harvest. It is, as you can see, loaded with clams.
You can learn all about clam farming in Cedar Key in this YouTube Video:
Note: This was cross-posted to Cedar Key Daily Photo.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015
Thursday, December 24, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Now the city has come up with a skating rink using faux ice (works better in 86 F degree weather). The rink is only open at certain times and was closed when we came by. It's very small, though, so serves mostly younger children. But they have fun skating on it.
I've never skated on this faux ice so have no clue what it feels like. The rink will come down soon as we leave the holidays behind.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
The second and third photos were taken yesterday. Santa had arrived and the kiddos with their parents lined up to see him. It was quite chaotic and very noisy with kids jumping around and yelling (or screaming) and their parents trying to talk over the din.
Macy's has set up a special Santa mailbox inside the entrance to the store. This is for folks who, for whatever reason, didn't get a chance to visit with Santa and present him with their lists.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Grace Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) is located in Ormond Beach, Florida. It faces A1A highway (which continues all the way to Key West), and is less than a block from the beach (Atlantic Ocean). Of the major Lutheran church bodies in the United States, the Missouri Synod is the most conservative. The Missouri Synod, by and large, does not think it proper or in accord with God's will, that the Missouri Synod associate with other Lutheran bodies. Generally speaking they reserve the Holy Eucharist (bread and wine) to members of the Missouri Synod. If possible, every Missouri Synod church tries to include a school as part of its parish so that their young members can know the "truth" and thus will be shielded from the temptations Satan puts in their path to confuse them.
The largest of the Lutheran bodies (and the most liberal) is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA allows all baptized Christians to participate in the Eucharist. The ELCA is ecumenical in its life and outreach. In recent years, an agreement was reached between the ELCA and the Protestant Episcopal Church, which allows pastors to serve parishes in either group.
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Orange Lake is a small community a few miles north of Ocala. Highway 441 runs through the middle of town. Orange Lake has the largest junkyard (i.e. trading post) I've ever seen. Piles and piles of stuff. If you needed a part for some obscure machine of ancient memory, you might be able to find it here. Actually, while the place is rather interesting, it is an eyesore. But it's been in its current spot for years and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
McIntosh is a small town a few miles north of Ocala on Highway 441. It is known for its many antique shops and art galleries. Once a year the town hosts an arts and crafts fair which is quite popular and draws thousands of visitors who crowd into the small street of the town.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
...the Ocala Golf Club is a municipal course. It has undergone some expensive renovations in recent years yet its rate remain reasonable.
Many of the benches found on the golf course were donated by former members, now deceased, who loved and supported this course down through the years.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Micanopy is a very old, very small town north of Ocala and south of Gainesville. It has one main street on which is fronted a B&B, a Baptist and an Episcopal Church, a museum, lots of antique shops, and a couple of small cafes, one of which serves excellent ice cream.
Micanopy is noted for the antique shops.
This little kitty hangs out by the cafe/ice cream shop and pretty much ignores the people passing by.