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Horse racing in Florida

Although Florida is home to nearly all breeds of horses, Thoroughbreds outnumber all the others. In fact, Ocala, located in North Central Florida, breeds an impressive 3, 500 to 5, 000 Thoroughbred race horses each year. Unless you follow the...
Viewed 4824 times since 25 December 2008.

THE SNAIL KITE

The Florida snail kite feeds almost exclusively on apple snails and, in the United States, is found only in Florida. In times past the snail kites were found from southeast of Tallahassee right down to the Everglades. Wetland drainage and development...
Viewed 3213 times since 8 December 2008.

THE GREEN ANOLE

Leapin’ Lizards! Have you ever seen something scurry over your pool cage ? Well it could well be a Green Anole - a little lizard. (pronounced: uh’ no-lee) one of Florida’ s true native lizards. You have no doubt seen them cl...
Viewed 4612 times since 26 November 2008.

THE SWALLOW TAILED KITE

What’ s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’ s. . . . oh, actually it IS a bird! The Swallow-tailed Kite is a native Floridian predator. The easiest ways to recognise these birds are by its long forked tai...
Viewed 3132 times since 26 November 2008.

Purple Gallinule

The Purple Gallinule is one of Florida’ s most graceful wading birds. Member of the Rail family is a common resident throughout Florida’s swamps and ponds and freshwater marshes. You may have seen it walking lightly on lily pads and flo...
Viewed 3619 times since 14 November 2008.

Florida Ranch Rodeo Finals

It is very easy to forget when visiting all the tourist attractions that Florida still has a large farming industry and that cattle ranching is still an important part of the economy. Throughout the year the large farms compete amongst themselves in ...
Viewed 2718 times since 5 November 2008.

Unspoilt Orlando – Relaxation Amongst The Excitement

The biggest attractions in Orlando are our parks and shopping. They give us our most memorable experiences (and most memorable credit card statements! ) but it can get a bit much when it is day after day of noise, concrete and action. So how about ge...
Viewed 4690 times since 14 October 2008.

The Holiday Adventure Begins

The morning breaks and we are ready To drive to the airport very steady It’s holiday time and off we go To our villa from so long ago After a drive of 2 hours or so Arrive at the car park here we go Unload th...
Viewed 2565 times since 8 October 2008.

Key Limes

No trip to Florida would be complete without sampling the wonderful key lime pie – although I’ve yet to find anybody that managed to stop at just sampling it! Key limes are smaller than your average lime and rounder, a bit like a fluorescent ...
Viewed 2959 times since 26 September 2008.

The 50 State Quarters Programme

Our fascination with State Quarters began several years ago when we first visited Florida, and we now have a substantial collection of these interesting coins. In 1999 the US Federal Government began releasing commemorative quarter coins on a...
Viewed 3759 times since 9 September 2008.

In search of the Florida Scrub Jay

On our most recent visit to Orlando we took along my sister and brother-in- law who were very much into the natural habitats of the many species of animals, reptiles and birds that Florida has to offer. We, on the other hand, had got rather used to t...
Viewed 3366 times since 1 September 2008.

The history of Florida

Ever wondered how Florida became Florida? Well I was certainly intrigued enough to want to find out and thought I would share this in a potted history. The first native Americans, Paleo Indians, entered into Florida over 14, 000 years ago fro...
Viewed 7675 times since 1 September 2008.

Separated by a common language

It is often quoted that Britain and America are separated by our common language and the more time I spend in Florida the more this becomes apparent. From the time the car rental is picked up at the start of your vacation the words ...
Viewed 2746 times since 1 September 2008.

Deed Restrictions

Part of Florida life and rental ownership that is not immediately obvious to holidaymakers as they make their way to their chosen villas in Orlando or along the Gulf Coast communities is that virtually all villas, and their owners, are committed to c...
Viewed 3402 times since 1 September 2008.

FORTHCOMING CONCERTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA - JUL - NOV 2008

Do you ever think of taking in a concert during your visit to the Orlando area? Some of the people we have been lucky enough to see include B B King, Meatloaf, Oasis, Jet, Gwen Stefani, Willie Nelson & Paul Rogers. Slightly unusual choice of sing...
Viewed 3511 times since 1 September 2008.

Florida’s Climate

Probably the single most important factor that attracts us back to Florida year on year is the weather. Florida’s Climate can be described as subtropical although odd cold spells are not unknown in the winter time. The seasons in Florida are driven m...
Viewed 7081 times since 1 September 2008.

Ice in Orlando ?

It is eighty degrees outside, the sun is shining, people are wearing shorts and tee-shirts – so why are we dressed in thick padded coats which dare as cosy as the warmest quilt? Answer - we are about to enter the fabulous Ice Show at Gaylord Palms! !...
Viewed 3290 times since 1 September 2008.

American States and Car Registration Plates

When we first visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, we could not help but notice the very interesting number plates on all the cars. Unlike the plain and somewhat boring number plates on UK cars, American cars show their state of origin, oft...
Viewed 4482 times since 1 September 2008.

What do I like about Florida – part 3

When I started writing part 1 I never thought I would still be going on part 3. It just shows how many things there are about Florida to like. Before I leave the Orlando area I have to mention the shopping. With the current exchange rate shop...
Viewed 2558 times since 1 September 2008.

What do I like about Florida – part 2

As I said in my previous article there are just so many things we like. The next thing we like are the restaurants. Whatever your budget there is always somewhere you can find to eat. There are the budget eateries, like Dennys, Ponderosa, Gol...
Viewed 3210 times since 1 September 2008.

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