This Is The Rolling Meadows We Fell In Love With : Part One In A New Series : Our Life Together

This Is the first of a series of photos and stories of  our life on Rolling Meadows Ranch….
A story of our love for each other and the park service .
I will also be updating this post for awhile yet.

Danny and I on the swamp buggy. Our Shadows.
Danny and I taking off on the swamp buggy.

Rolling Meadows Ranch is just a small part of what I refer to as Our Neck Of The Woods.  Danny and I have shared a lifetime of memories in the 7 years we have lived on Rolling Meadows Ranch. We went from living in our RV full time to restoring the old Cracker House to finally living in it.
This is Rolling Meadows Ranch we fell in love with even before we moved there from Lake Kissimmee State Park .
Please join me as I  take us on a photo tour of the early days on Rolling Meadows Ranch,
No seat belts required. You may get a mite dusty.

DSCN1010 DSCN1009Rolling Meadows Ranch was a working sod farm when the state first bought the property back in the early 2000’s . The sod farm continued to work it until January 1 , 2009. Danny and I moved to Rolling Meadows in December 2008.
We lived in our RV on the other side of the road from where the house is. Right next to the old mobile home.
Before we ever moved over there Danny and I would drive ALL OVER the property. Miles and Miles of criss crossing paths . You could drive for hours and we did.

DSCN1007 DSCN1000These photo’s are where the sod field once were. By the time we moved there and they moved out: part of the NATURAL RESTORATION had already begun. It was a wondrous time for us. A chance few people really had. We new what changes were being made. What the Action Plan was. How things were going to change.
for us, we were in love with each other and this piece of land. 


DSCN0999 DSCN0997We saw  birds of all kinds. I wish You could see all the birds that were around. So many tiny ones.
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The picture above is of  yours truly.  I was actually working that day. Picking up trash.

DSCN0990 DSCN0989The bottom photo shows one of the many paths were use to drive on.  If you look close enough at the second photo here with the weeds…you will see evidence of HUMANS being here. I picked up over a 100 large trash bags of plastic bottles and cans and other trash during the first 6 months we lived there. I was volunteering there all the time.
DSCN0988 DSCN0983I have other photos  even earlier than these. By the time the photos here were taken we had long since moved over next to the old house. Still in the RV.
The feather shown above is from a Roseated Spoonbill. It is pink in color.
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DSCN0980 DSCN0976One of the many intersections .                                              Another intersection.
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DSCN0954 DSCN0946It was just beautiful here. Heaven on earth. At least for Florida. You can see the ditch between 2 sod fields. Many of those have been plowed over.
That is part of the Huge Restoration Project going on there. Water  Management and The Florida Park Service.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey! I’ve nominated you for the Premio Dardos award! The link is here: https://welshshortbread.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/double-whammy/

  2. How lovely to work in such an open and natural environment. It’s about time they banned those plastic bottles. I can see one white bird and one black bird in your photos. Great photos, I especially like the way the sky is reflected in the water, they are most unusual. Thanks for posting!

    1. I have many more. Sadly, number of them aren’t very good. I keep wearing out cameras. Yet, I also keep taking more and more photos. It is the one thing I can still do no matter where I am. Out and about when I am feeling better or sitting in the recliner looking outside the windows. I was saving up for another cheap one but that money went to fix Danny’s truck. It didn’t help much but It made me feel good to help.

      Happy Sunday Maddy. Love and hugs Sarah

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