Thursday, November 5, 2009


I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh is was. My very heart leaped with the sound. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Just returned from a four day visit to Ocala, Florida while attending the Florida Statewide Master Gardeners Conference. It was my first visit to this part of the state and I was surprised to learn that Ocala is horse country. There are 600 horse farms in Ocala, and there were stables in the rear of our hotel where we made friends with a lovely old boy in the paddock behind the hotel.

Isn't he sweet?

What are you hiding in those hands? An apple? How about a carrot?

The rear of the hotel offered a lovely area of stately Live Oak Trees dripping with Spanish Moss. Beyond the fence is the paddock.


  1. The horses are great but what I'm amazed at are the trees. So, so beautiful!

  2. such a sweet and beautiful horse!

  3. Neat photos!!
    yes, Florida does have diversity..
    the Ocala horse country is beautiful.
    But my favorite part of the state is still the panhandle and PENSACOLA..
    my home!!!

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  5. It looks like you got a two 'fer. I've never been that far south myself. I hope you had a fab time with all the other master gardeners, I can just imagine all the new ideas you'll be coming home with.

  6. A marvelous shot of the Spanish moss. I think it's so cool. Of course we don't have any up here.
    Good pictures of the Clydesdale too. An awesome horse.


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