SWD Southern Edition

I had a great few days vacationing in Florida with Gary. Now for the real fun! I drove back to Orlando airport to drop Gary off for his flight home and to meet 6 of the Sometimes We Do quilt Bee members, arriving for a get-a-way. We were invited to Andra’s beautiful horse farm near Ocala. 

Check out that big van, fondly called “the short bus.” Susie got behind the wheel and squired us around safely in style and comfort.

First up was a tour of house, stables and paddocks. 

Peggy made us all glasses (so we could keep the wine straight) and gifted Andra with glasses with the farm name, Barrens Edge. 

Andra made these fun pin cushions with color matched pins. Mine turned out to be a jinx but more about that later.

After we all received our room assignments, got settled in and had some lunch, we took the short bus over to the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit arena. 

Andra’s daughter, Melissa, is a Grand Prix rider. Her horse is named Charmuer Ask, “Charmy” for short.

Nervous mom, Andra, with cheering section. Can you see we all have fingers crossed for Melissa and Charmy!

Gosh, it was beautiful to see these amazing horses and talented riders jump right in front of me. Charmy jumped clean, didn’t knock off a single rail and Melissa brought home a prize and ribbon.

Proud (and relieved!) Mom. Quite time to get back to the ranch and try out our glasses with a toast to the champions and to friends enjoying time together.

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  1. Hi Suelynn I love Florida! I’m trying to convince my husband that we need to be snowbirds.

  2. Suelynn Williams says

    What a wonderful retreat with friends. Can’t wait to see more pictures.
    I visited Florida last week, too! (from Boise)

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