kids skimming underneath a bridge , there were signs of riptides..oh to be young and foolish
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I tried to get a shot of the woman who puts food out for these birds, but she saw me , and hid inside…. but look at the sight of all these birds… just waiting for her..
a view from our hotel room
sitting on our balcony just b4 sunset, see that bump in the middle of the canal.. that IS an Alligator , we named him Chuck, He’d wander in a few times a day, look around, and wander back out. . where those blue chairs are.. that’s the location of the pool. we never did see Him come out of the water. whew!!!!
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this is part of the sponge docks.
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another section of the sponge dock area
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an olde world feel all around the sponge dock area. it was very nice, not overly commercial

Happy Friday every one. So Ive been home now for a few days, i thought id share some of my waterlogged photos  here. I’m going to start from the last part of our trip, which was so awesome.  we stayed in  a Greek town. called Palm Harbor. and spent a great deal of time on the sponge docks, supposedly the sponge capital of the world.  everything was run by the Greeks the food was deeelish, and we had seafood just a bout every chance we had. 19736300040_21879fe0d9_o_pe DSC_7174_pe_pe DSC_7245_pe

In Hell or on vacation

so, we started our journey Tuesday morning, in the wee hours, I might add, perfect for us, I can always fall asleep on a plane. We decided to take south west for the very first time , to Florida ,  with one short lay over. 

Just made our connection, which was fine, I love not having to wait .when we arrived at our final destination ..in Tampa….  We were excited to start our week long  vacation. That’s when everything went haywire….

The airline either lost,my Husbands luggage or some one “accidentally” walked off with it.!!!!!!!! Well its the next dayand the airline still has not found it so it must be the later. Now the airline will not do anything for 5 days, so, it’s time to use vacation funds to buy Him some clothing, and new footware.  Not something any one ever excepts to do.  He’s ready To go back home.   So I took a few pics of yesterday’s activities, just encase we do head back home.   These shots are from a hotel we are staying at for a few days, in Sarasota.  Next stop will either be …Home or Clearwater ….. Stay tuned.

    
    
   

In My Little Town

sitting on the dock of the canal, just watching the world go by, a perfect summers day, me with my cuppa, and My Hubby with His Ice Cream. Boaters love to talk about their Journey and their vessel. We also have a few boats for sight-seeing. and that will be on another day. for now just more waking around and sitting my the 2 villages near me.

In My Little Town
In My Little Town

Colonial Belle, our largest touring vessel. it will take you on a memorable  on the Erie canal, and through a lock
Colonial Belle, our largest touring vessel. it will take you on a memorable on the Erie canal, and through a lock

the long boats are the renters on the canal... expensive summer vacation. they come from the east, usually
the long boats are the renters on the canal… expensive summer vacation. they come from the east, usually

waiting patiently to board the boat, for the dinner cruise
waiting patiently to board the boat, for the dinner cruise

i love to watch Fathrs taking their sons fishing. this little guy was making some memorable faces. He never caught anything while we were there
I love to watch Fathers taking their sons fishing. this little guy was making some memorable faces. He never caught anything while we were there

we went inside the "Coal Tower Restaurant" for a bite to eat. yep, this once was a real  building that housed coal, it was coveted many many years ago. we stop in every once in a while.
we went inside the “Coal Tower Restaurant” for a bite to eat. yep, this once was a real building that housed coal, it was coveted many many years ago. we stop in every once in a while.

finally... the vessel is loaded and they are heading Down Town for  festivities. they will have to go through a lock, and on the Genesee River to reach theior destination. it will take 2 to 3 hours. time will pass quickly.. food and drink:) are part of the package deal.
finally… the vessel is loaded and they are heading Down Town for festivities. they will have to go through a lock, and on the Genesee River to reach their destination. it will take 2 to 3 hours. time will pass quickly.. food and drink:) are part of the package deal. Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your Day.

Part 2 of my Americana week end

We take a drive out this way a few times a year, sometimes with out of towners from Buffalo,NY to show them,  what  we have.  the wine connoisseurs  are always amazed , and go home with a few bottles of wine.

well heres a little History about one of our favorite spots to go for lunch

Hammondsport; New York is the wine “Wine Capital.” Home to several popular wineries (including Bully Hill and Pleasant Valley), the village still manages to stay small and quiet. A quaint town square features shops and cafes that attract passers by, and a small park at the southern tip of the lake is a worth stop for its excellent view. Hammondsport is also known as the “cradle of aviation.” Village native Glenn Curtiss, who manufactured high-performance motorcycles, became the first person to fly an aircraft over 1 km. Curtiss did this in Hammondsport in a craft he designed called “June Bug.” Curtiss went on to design, build and fly the first sea planes, many of which were tested on Keuka Lake at Hammondsport

, because theres so many hills to get here, Mortorcyclist love to come here in the summer month.
, because there’s so many hills to get here, Motorcyclist love to come here in the summer month.
are ya tired from all that waking up and down all those hills, go ahead sit down for a while, in the shade
are ya tired from all that waking up and down all those hills, go ahead sit down for a while, in the shade
or go down to the docks and watch the water fowl
or go down to the docks and watch the water fowl. we were watching mama Duck squawk at her young
and ya just cant go anywhere with out buying some Bricabrack as my Husband says
and ya just cant go anywhere with out buying some Bric’abrak as my Husband says
well, myHusbands lunch didnt come out to clear, but he said it tasted wonderful. fresh salmon
well,my Husbands lunch didn’t come out to clear, but he said it tasted wonderful,Fresh Salmon, with a side salad, everything is homegrown on premisses ..well except the salmon of course
this is a chicken club wrap, my choice
this is a chicken club wrap,along with a side salad, my choice, and it was divine, fresh cheddar cheese, made at one of the local farms well that does it for now. i was attempting to start a folder with just porches.. so now you’ve been warned that’s next:)! thanks for stopping by. have a pleasant evening

 

My 4th of July..Americana style

the town is named after Glenn Hammond Curtiss,the American motorcycle designer and manufacturer
the town is named after Glenn Hammond Curtiss,the American motorcycle designer and manufacturer
this little lakeside community sits on the shores of a finger lake called Keuka Lake
this little lakeside community sits on the shores of a finger lake called Keuka Lake
there's always time for antiquing
there’s always time for antiquing
some great finds... if you have the money
some great finds… if you have the money
some beautiful B&B's steps away from the beach.
some beautiful B&B’s steps away from the beach.
a very artsy community, something for everyone
a very artsy community, something for everyone
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yep.. Hes for sale too
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had to have some iced “Italian”coffee
and its always a safe bet we will see  a few horse and buggies  as we travel through the  Amish Community
and its always a safe bet we will see a few horse and buggies as we travel through the Amish Community
well that does it for today’s journey.  it was a long holiday week end for us. more tales to follow. thanks for stopping by. have a great day.

these were all shot with MY Iphone

My Adventures in My Home Town.. continuing saga

as i continued my water journey  into History, looking at the old grain mills, , it made me remember when i was little  , and every man went to work, and every man …just about… stopped at the corner tavern on the way home..usually on Pay Day!!!   i swore when i grew up, i would leave that area, and never ever marry any one who worked at a grain mill, or a steel mill.

i did leave the area, first chance i got, and i did not marry anyone from the area.i still get home sick, and its been 38 years since leaving Buffalo,altogether.

Our Lady Of Victory Basilica
Our Lady Of Victory Basilica
the  ByeWay on the Sky way..
the ByeWay on the Sky way.. heading either to the west side of Buffalo, or .. back to south buffalo
as i peer out my Hotel window
as i peer out my Hotel window from my last stay, Buffalo’s’ downtown is located on the Lake (Erie)
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on the Buffalo River, looking at the old silos, and office buildings. these will eventually all be turned into something of use, or torn down. as construction has already started on many of these .
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my brother in Law took me to a (new) beach, that was nothing but waste land when i lived there, it was something to see!! on this particular day, it was very windy, if you look closely you can see the man at the end of the kite:) and the wave he is attempting to surf
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on my way back from the Historic tour, here we are underneath the SkyWay, to the right is downtown. and straight ahead is a war museum on the that ship and there’s another vessel there as well, but ill get into those at a later date.
time for lunch
time for lunch, this is Larkinville, it use to be all factory type . working class, and over the years as factories closed… most everything was boarded up. homes in this area couldn’t even get insurance on their homes. this area is called the Valley.. the lower part of Buffalo. through hard work and many grants, this is now an eating establishment, they have weekly concerts, and food truck rodeos. its one of my favorite places to go , when I’m down that way, it’s not far from the water. oh.. and that little building called the filling station… was once a gas station. well that does it for “My Nostalgia” today. have a great week-end and thanks for stopping by

Back to my Home Town…

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this is what i saw most days growing up, the lake is around those silos. of course that park like feature wasn’t there then
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you know the breakfast cereals? well they are made here, and on any given day you can smell the fragrance of oats any what ever else gets toasted and roasted all along the lower south side of Buffalo
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taking full advantage not too long ago, i took an Historic boat ride through the old grain mills that thing over head is the sky way.. that connected south Buffalo with Downtown and the west side of Buffalo. being so close to the lake this bridge was shut down on many winter days,due to high winds
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now the water is clean, all kinds of water activities take place. and some of the silos have been converted into all sorts of recreational things and a few restaurants
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work is still being done. but the restoration of Buffalo, and its waterways is unbelievable
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Buffalo, still receives many cargo ships , before the ships go onto the Welland canal. before summer is over i hope to be able to be in town when one is there

About My Hometown,   i grew up on the south side of Buffalo, just foot steps away from the lake. but when i was growing up, the waters were so contaminated.. well, it was just something to look at. So for this part of my Blog, Im going to navigate through  some of the old grain mills and some that are still in use…Like…General Mills.   when i come back ill share some of the things that anyone can see , when they come to town these days. thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful rest of the week . and Heres a little History i was able to dig up

South Buffalo has one of the highest concentrations of Irish Americans [1] west of the Hudson River outside of Chicago, many of whom settled in Buffalo after the completion of the Erie Canal, as well as the coming of the railroads and the industrial revolution later in the nineteenth century. Nevertheless, unlike many other American cities with large Irish-American populations, Buffalo, New York‘s southside Irish came to the USA relatively late when comparatively speaking. By far the largest concentrations came from the Irish Counties of Clare, Cork, Mayo and Wexford. A large percentage of South Buffalonians can trace their Irish ancestry to the area in and around the town of Kilrush in County Clare. Indeed, most were post-famine arrivals who were recruited to work the burgeoning steel mills, petroleum refineries, foundries, flour mills, automobile factories, and machine shops sprouting up in this highly industrialized city. Many more of South Buffalo’s Irish would wind up working in the ranks of the protective services for the Buffalo Police Department and Buffalo Fire Department. Others found jobs in the various unionized Building Trades, such as in the labor unions representing the Carpenters, Bricklayers, Iron Workers, and Operating Engineers.

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