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Scottishnellies Redundancy Trip Jun18. Day 13 Showcase Of Citrus Swamp Tour, Florida Mall, Teak


Woke up at 7:30, made my coffee and sat out on by the pool. Mr Hawk was very busy terrorising the area this morning. I was watching him circling around then swooping down while all the wee birdies were chirping warnings to each other. Next thing he decides to take a break and comes to land right above my head! Right there on the pool cage! I would swear he was saying ^Jings - not having much luck this morning am I Nellie?^






Then he flew off. I only managed to get a quick few photos with my phone so not great quality but was lovely to see him up close - I swear he looked me right in the eye too. Probably sick of me watching him every morning!






I love watching all the wildlife here. Last night there were so many fireflies. We've worked out that just as soon as the sun has fully set the fireflies are in full swing for about 45minues. Then they start to die down and you only see flashes every 5 seconds or so then it gets less and less. So directly from sunset appears to be optimum firefly time. Lots of other birds around this morning



Kevin got up about 8:30 and joined me with his coffee. Peace perfect peace. We had no plans for today yet. It was due to be dry til lunch then rain all afternoon. I had Groupons for the Showcase of Citrus Tour which is just 10 minutes up the road so I phoned them and booked us in for that at 12 o'clock.



We had to be there for 11:30 so split the morning between sitting by the pool and giving the villa a good clean.

Arrived at 11:30 and checked in at the desk. This place sells all kind of produce from the crops that they grow so the shop has loads of interesting stuff to browse through. Jams, chutneys, sauces, honey, wine,



























There is also a little bar where he lets you try all kinds of wine and margaritas. This was fun!



The kids spent lots of time petting all the cats here which were very friendly






We bought a $3 cup of carrots to feed the farm animals









Then at just before 12 we went to the monster truck area for the tour.



You walk up a ramp to get on at the back. Then we bumped and bounced away! We went through all the citrus groves first



Then through a more jungly area where we saw a black snake but I wasn't quick enough to get a photo

And finally right through a swamp!






To get to a more open area where we saw a zebra






And water buffalo. This bit was quite funny as he gave out a big basket of oranges for the kids to throw out and the water buffalo ambled out of the water to get it



So we didn't see any gators or turtles but we enjoyed it just the same. I paid $62 which we reckon was worth it.

Tipped the driver $10 (and yes most families were tipping) and back to the car.

True to the weather forecast it was now tipping it down as we drive to Walmart down the US27



stopped at Walmart for bits n pieces for the villa, where I also bought another load of secret deodorant. The twin packs are $3.97 and are the best value to buy per ounce. Together with what I got the other day I think I have about a years supply now. Hope so.



The kids are also into these very healthy breakfast items so we got more of those



And I picked up a couple of seasonings to take home. Although they had none of the zesty lemon I want so will need to try to get that later



Back to the villa for some lunch and with the rain relentlessly coming down we needed an indoor pursuit. Hmm 🤔 what to do?



This is an internet pic. If it had been this sunny we wouldn't have been there!


First up, the girls went to Sephora while Kevin took Kieran to the M&M shop. We spent a small fortune in here. Mostly on Sephora lip stains which I stocked up on, but also on my teenage makeup officionados latest must haves. Hannahs is on the left, mine on the right.












Charlotte Russe was next where Hannah tried on loads (again) and I bought her 5 dresses/playsuits


















Then to Macy's, where I couldn't see any clothing I fancied. I tried the shoe dept and at first was struggling to find anything in a size 11 (as usual). Eventually, after a number of run ins with a rude Spanish speaking assistant who rolled her eyes every time she couldn't understand me, I got these wee (big) beauties






I love them! They had started at $159 but were in the sale then another 30% off.

I have Guess heels at home that I love so have been on the lookout for ones the same shape but there's not many around. I did see a pair I liked in the actual Guess shop but he insisted they only make them up to size 10. Err yeah that's how I own a pair in size 11, but I was fed up with feeling like a huge footed freak so shoe shopping was over.



Bath & Body works next where I stocked up on foaming hand wash and hand sanitisers. Despite Kevin standing at the front of the shop growling at me. He thinks these are a complete waste of luggage allowance but I love them, so too bad.






I had used a $10 off they had emailed me

All done and we were off to our favourite eating spot



Although it was a Saturday night and now 7pm we were seated straight away with a really friendly waitress called Chrystal.






Kevin had the Wholey Hell



Which was done to absolute perfection



Kieran had the Imperial trooper



which he completely hoovered



Hannah had the glazed donut burger but substituted the beef for chicken and said it was delicious as usual



I had the cedar plank salmon with mash, asparagus. Oh my god this was delicious. It came with a Caesar salad which Kevin ate.



then the kids both had a chocolate brownie overload. Hannah managed most of hers, Kieran about half of his



We paid the bill with a hefty tip as she was so helpful and we had loved it



every time we go here it just confirms how much we all love it, Kevin drove all the way home talking about how much he had enjoyed it and how we need to try to go once more before we go home.

Well, that and how he was going straight into the spa with his beer as soon as we got to the villa.

I will leave you with whatever photos Kevin took on his SLR today added here (once we've had out spa time and he uploads them)

Night all x


























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A good day shopping lots of bargains. The swamp Tour looked good fun. The shoes are great. Off to make my cup of tea now have now I have read your post priorities first...
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Lovely day again Helen, great purchases... Is the chartered private plane ready to ship it all home next week lol... Teak looks amazing xx
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Beautiful shoes, just a shame that you had to endure less than helpful service. Ive got a feeling that they will complement your Kate Spade purchases beautifully😉
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Love B&BW, could spend all day in there. Teak looks lovely, think thats going on our list for November 😋
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Loving these reports. Have you tried Dillard's for shoes?. DD and I have spent many happy hours in the Dillard's shoe department and got some great bargains too.
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