Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
These photos show all the detail that went into this display. There were bits and pieces of all of the United States spread in no particular order in this very huge display.
These were some of the Santas they had on display at the Christmas shop. They also explained the different Santas but where my head was that day, I just don't know. I didn't photograph any explanations.
This is the butterfly observatory. The day we went there were no butterflies. But in a previous post of mine (Sunday, July 20) I have some great pictures of the butterflies that were there. They did however have some birds.
The rides were nearly impossible to get on. I did get more pictures but they are not that great. The previous owner had added rides hoping to bring in more business. The new owners are getting rid of the rides and reverting back to the old gardens (hopefully). This is a picture of Scott and Elaine in front of the Triple Hurricane Rollercoaster (so named for the 3 back to back hurricanes that hit us in 2004)
Last but not least is a firetruck that has been on display at Cypress Gardens since 1975. It is driveable and has been on sale on ebay off and on for years. Hopefully they will keep this piece of history. Thank you all for joining me on this final tour of the gardens.
Monday, November 24, 2008
~ Christmas Getting to Know You Tag ~
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your blog friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do. Just copy this entire post and paste into a new post on your blog. Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then tag 5 people to post this on their blog. How simple can it get!
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Some of both but mostly wrapping paper!
2. Real tree or artificial? Fake, but this year I'm thinking about traipsing through the woods to cut down a real one. Or maybe buy a real one in a bucket and then plant it after the holidays.
3. When do you put up the tree? Thanksgiving day night, but if we get a real tree, then that will change.
5. Do you like eggnog? No.
7. Hardest person to buy for? My youngest son.
8. Easiest person to buy for? My oldest son.
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. And I made sure both of my sons will have one,too, when they settle down.
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail cards, I think it's more personal that way.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? All three "Santa Clause" movies, although Jack Frost ticks me off in the 3rd movie.
13. Better to give or receive? I like to recieve, but giving and then seeing someone's face light up because they love their gift is the best gift to recieve.
14. Favorite Christmas Food? Petite fours from Publix
15. Favorite Christmas tradition? Driving around with family, checking out all the Christmas decorations and lights.
16. Colored lights on the tree or all clear? Colored. Goes back to my childhood. I like the big colored lights.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Used to be, stay at home. Not sure about this year.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? All 9 of the famous ones and then some. I have to know this, my being married to the man in red.
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star.
21. Open presents on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning.
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? People trying to change things. I'm so tired of people complaining about cities putting up Nativities or why do I have to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." I'm still saying "Merry Christmas!", that's my right.
23. Favorite Ornament theme or color? I collect blue Santa's. I also keep them out all year long. My mother bought my first one for me about 10 years ago. And now it seems that I am also starting to collect Santa & Mrs. Claus couples. Don't know how that happened, lol.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Spiral cut honey ham from Publix, mashed taters and gravy, green beans ( I love the casserole, but hubby don't) and heat n' serve dinner rolls.
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? I always want for everything to be right in this world. But closer to home, I just want family and friends to have a safe wonderful, holiday.
Now I would like to tag 5 of you to post this with your answers on your blog. I tag Trina, Cecile, Brenda, April and Sue.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
It is a little chilly this morning, so as you can see, Audrey is wearing her winter covering.
The first thing you see as you leave the ski stadium and head to the Topiary gardens, is the waterfall. This is probably the second most photographed spot in the park. It's usually brimming with colors from flowers but we weren't so lucky today. It's still a beautiful spot.
Oh, look, Audrey thinks it's warm enough to remove her wrap (I think she's nuts,lol). She wants us to hurry so we can see the beautiful topiaries.
Oh look, it's a duck, all nestled in her nest.
Oh look at that amazing peacock.....isn't he spectacular!
Well look who has joined us....Chelsea. And not to be outdone by the topiaries, Audrey has changed to another beautiful belle dress. You ladies are absolutely gorgeous.
Here's a really slllloooowwwww moving snail. I have to say, while the topiaries are really nice, I wish they would have waited to remove all the beautiful flowers that surround them.
Well here's some beautiful flowers.....Audrey got some of her friends together to give us some vibrant colors on our tour......thanks, ladies
Here's our tour guide patiently waiting to take us on walk.
Come on ya'll times awastin'.......
Look, there's Peter Rabbit....well maybe not Peter, but a close relative.Audrey, you really don't need to keep changing, but we are enjoying all the different belle dresses. What's that? Only one more animal....well let's go.It's a seal! And the ball on his nose is really spinning. How magnificent. What's that....no more topiaries???!!. Well then, lets head up to the village or maybe to the rides? Well lets think about the next place we want to visit.
Thanks, Audrey, for taking us through the Topiary gardens and showing us all the wonderful outfits you ladies have to choose from. Thank your friends too.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Not a great shot, but I borrowed this from some photos on the web. Years ago, they had a boat ride through canals in the botanical gardens. This is one thing I hope they bring back. You just leisurely rode a boat through the gardens and the driver would talk about the different plants and you would see Southern Belles throughout the ride.
These are Cypress trees. They are all over the lake fronts here. Hence the name "Cypress" Gardens.
Here are the world famous Cypress Gardens water skiers.
Here we have a wakeboarder, a triple jump and barefooting. These photos were taken from the Cypress Gardens website also.Not so great shot of the World Famous Aquamaids.
This is a shot across the Ski stadium to the Snively Mansion. This is a beautiful Southern Mansion that sits on a hill overlooking Lake Eloise. It is part of Cypress Gardens. It has been renovated after sitting vacant for 4 years. It suffered horrible damage from the hurricanes of 2004. It was and is now again (or will be again) used for many weddings. The inside has a beautiful spiral staircase that is perfect for a bride to descend. Hopefully I can find some pics of that from the old days. That concludes todays tour. Tomorrow let's plan on a leisurely stroll through the Topiary Gardens and hopefully we'll see some Southern Belles.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Another unusual tree that stood up to the hurricanes in the Sausage Tree. Not sure exactly what the "sausages" are, but it's a very unique tree.
I have no idea what the next tree is.....I just know that right now it is covered with beautiful pink flowers.
The following photos are just some shots of some of the different plants and flowers they have in the botanical gardens.
The next photo is of the Wedding Gazebo. This is actually made out of a Russian satellite. It was constructed in December 1969 and is the most photographed spot in Cypress Gardens. Hut and I renewed our vows there this past February. My youngest son Scott and his girlfriend Elaine are pictured here in it.
Last but not least on today's tour is the Kodak Moment Mirror. It used to have a backwards sign behind it that said Cypress Gardens. You can see me taking the picture (not one of my best) with Elaine pointing to the Wedding Gazebo in the background.
This concludes today's tour of Cypress Gardens. Stayed tuned for more adventures tomorrow. And remember to wear comforable walking shoes