Benches on Monday,

I’ve been collecting benches for about 10 years. And last week our temps were close to 70 degrees. A big difference from today’s weather (24 degrees)

Anyway, on my walks last week I found a few new benches on the. Erie Canal, in my Village . And yesterday I went back to the conservatory

I just got such an urge to smell a few flowersūüėä, every one here has the spring itch.

But it will b at least 2 more months b4 we see flowers outside.

Have a wonderful Monday

One Fine Day

 

This past Mothers day  ,we took a hike at One Of NY States #1 parks. Lovingly called The Grand Canyon Of the East.  Letchworth State Park. Only 1/2 an hour from our house

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A Niagara Falls and Grand Canyon  affair all rolled into one
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we were so lucky to come as early as we did,
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Glen iris Inn
this fine restaurant is home to many weddings and even just a lovely meal. we didn’t have a reservation , so there was not a chance in hell of eating there.

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I knew we’d never get into the restaurant, so we found a nice spot to have a little lunch.
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even if the park was packed, there are so many spots to choose from.
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after a bite to eat, it was time to finish our hike
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and… of course no hike is complete ..with out walking a million or so stairs
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yep.. that’s the man, making sure I don’t tumble..or get lost:)

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and no trip anywhere is complete. Until you use the facilities ūüôā
this is one of the best parks around and to have it so close to home, I’m not sure why we don’t go more often. but they also have camping here and ill save that for another time, we did walk around and look at all the types of cabins they had , I don’t camp!!!!!

if you stopped by , thanks so much, and if your ever find yourself around this are, make sure you take at least a ride through.  this state park has so much to offer with its changing landscapes, and constant beauty.

 

 

 

 

let the festivals begin

Well its that time of year again, festivals every week end, sometimes over lapping, so one needs to pay attention, as to which one to go to… im not a fan of crowds at all, so where ever i go..i go early and leave in the middle.this last weekend,the fest.was in my little town,on the Erie Canal.

i had to park a good mile or more away, because im to cheap to pay ..upwards of 10 dollars. if i had a car full of people that would have been a different story, but i was alone…so here we go

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no bikes or pets allowed.
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you never know what you’ll see walking the banks of the canal:)
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ive been on this boat so many times, lots of history. i waved and got a few waves back
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we have a few row clubs
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i have never seen a boat like this, and it looked like the dog was going after a fish ?:)

and if you notice that snowy stuff..its dogwood..it makes a mess, its everywhere, for a few weeks.

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how cute..picking flowers for…. i dont know who, but my kids would not be standing past that fence!!!!!
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whew.. i made it, good thing the weather was tolerable¬† in the 70’s nice shade, perfect for my walk into town…. now where the ladies room!!!!
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¬†i thought of Fragglerocks ‘ hubby when i saw this guy… because of His shirt. Phil love going to this record place when they visited us
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 also thought about fraggy here too..im not a wine drinker at all, but i loved that guys shirt. and if you look closer you can see my reflection on some of the bottles.

well for what ever reason im having a terrible time on wordpress today…¬† so..im going to leave now, and return in a few days with more?:)¬† anyone else out there having problems?¬†¬†¬† anyway, if you stopped by, thank you!! and have an awesome day… and a better week end:)!!

well winter has really arrived

well I’m packing my suitcase and heading south for a few weeks, well only 2 , but that will take care of Jan. and if need be ill go straight back down there if feb. is bad.¬† so I’ve been busy with¬† the newest member of my camera family My Fujifilm X T10.¬† and I’ve been also busy purchasing gear for it.¬† since it has a retro look ,i just received. my retro case. and later today¬† my zoom lens should arrive.

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it took me a while to figure out this little puzzle, but once i did, i was very pleased with the look. i had to hurry and get a case, i felt like i was taking a baby out with out being baptized.”)
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on my way to the conservatory on our first frigid day (12 Degrees). saw this, another light box. in front of a firehouse.
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Lamberton Conservatory. one day I’m going to find out way these buildings are all built the same way
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the poinsettia x.mas tree.
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still working on the settings, but i was really happy with this shot.  yes thats right its a turtle eating a tomato.
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ahh can ya feel the warmth…
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how ’bout some dry heat… sure felt good¬† this is probably my favorite room at the conservatory.
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well it was time to move along.. and i ran over to Lake Ontario (a great Lake ), and as cold as it was. there was a woman sitting taking photos with her huge DSLR.. i shot off a few and ran back into the car.  we like to come up here during the seasons, to catch sunsets, and to wave to our neighbors in Canada .

 

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last but not least. a look out at the Bay. the colors were extraordinary for this time of year.

and that does it. im so happy with my new camera. im actually going to sell My DSLR when i return from Florida.  if you stopped by, i hoped you enjoyed my little tour around the neighborhood, a little different than my last blog..eh:)!

and thanks. Have an awesome rest of the week.  next time i post.. ill be in sunny Florida.

 

one down..one more to go

As i have said before I’m not a fan of this month at all, weather wise, or people wise, the weather doesn’t know what its wants to do,although we have been very lucky this year.¬† and¬† then there’s the people… People of all shapes, coming at you,from every direction, and in the USA there’s Thanksgiving..which mean there’s always a big get together some where….. and that usually means travel… maybe i wouldn’t mind so much if we were going some where warm(er)..beaches and sunshine..you know:)!!!and of course people have begun shopping for Christmas.. so traffic is crazy, stores are crazy..it drives me crazy :)!!!¬† jus’say’n! so with our any more of my complaining or whining, and i don’t mean to, let me¬† get to what ive been doing.

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a few days before Nov.26th i explored a few places in the city, found some awesome art…hello…hello…hello
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stopped at a unique coffee joint..called Equal Grounds
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more modern art
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back at …Equal Grounds……get it
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then it was Thanksgiving  (in the USA) time to make that trek to the north part Buffalo about a good 1 1/2 hour drive from where we live(in another cityi was lucky to catch this when i was loading up the car, about 7am
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this is as close as i come to Green Bean Casserole.. that would be the dish in the middle…… yuck
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my Husbands favorite pie..Banana cream . ill take His word for it.. not a fan of cream pies…geeze i sound fussy don’t i? well for the record im not
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must have wine
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i was in charge of desserts..what do you think? something for everyone. sweet potato pie, way over in the far corner. Apple pie, molasses  cookies,  pumpkin roll, and an assortment of butter cookies.
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even with a small gathering of family, there must always be something Italian on the table…. its law:)!!! lol
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lets not forget Mr. TomTurkey….¬† i love dark meat.. whats your favorite?
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we had the moon to follow all the way home, i would have snapped continuously ,but i drove home:(. this is in my drive way
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and i hope every one  tries to give some sort of thanks Daily.. i know i do!!!!

thanks for taking time to stop by,  and if u celebrated i hope your feast was a good one. lets all be thankful for what we have by sharing with others, especially the less fortunate.

November… the awkward month

Ive never been a fan of this month, and i don’t think old man winter cares for me either, the cold winds of Canada and the warm breezes of the South fighting with each other, around the Great Lakes, leaves me in such misery,¬† seems im always living on some kind of Pain meds. for my head.. I’m not complaining.. really I’m not ,i know it could be much worse, its just a fact of life for me.

so .. we have had our share of good weather, no snow this year, last year most places had well over a foot, in some cases..closer to the lakes. (Lake Erie and Lake Ontario)  5 ft!!!!!!!

so on the few days i was in town, and not running around, i took a self guided tour.. and this is what i found.

a city deck.. i love it
a city deck.. i love it

 

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awesome windows, to see the world
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from the outside looking in
get ready for those holidays
get ready for those holidays

 

always take time to smell the flowers
always take time to smell the flowers

 

gotta put everything away.. no more grilling outside
gotta put everything away.. no more grilling outside

 

time for a cupa.. in a very unique city neighborhood coffee shoppe
time for a cuppa.. in a very unique city neighborhood coffee shoppe

 

always watch the trains
always watch the trains

 

and look for uniqueness
and look for uniqueness

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then go inside and watch.....
then go inside and watch…..
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i love people watching
 i was lucky enough to find a show.. of "readers"
i was lucky enough to find a show.. of “readers”
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it was a mystical wonderland…………….

 

had to buy a birthday gift.. what better present... than a bottle....
had to buy a birthday gift.. what better present… than a bottle….
a great liqueur store
a great liquor store
then it was time for dinner.. how 'bout a pizza pie... it was yummy. well that was my day to do as i please. i was lucky enough to have my hubby with me for 1/2 of it:) well ,thats it for now, have a pleasant day, and..thanks for stopping by. XX
then it was time for dinner.. how ’bout a pizza pie… it was yummy.not the greatest shot, it was hard to snap Him.
Well that was my day to do as i please. i was lucky enough to have my hubby with me for 1/2 of it:)
well ,thats it for now, have a pleasant day, and..thanks for stopping by. XX

 

Out and About…Here and There

so i had to go home again (where i grew up) to take care of Mom. She still needs help with Laundry and grocery shopping, still cant drive yet, or bend. even though im not all that far away, its amazing how 1 night away can¬† gum up the works. Of course sleeping on a sofa doesnt help. but..i do what a can.so my reward was meeting my Brother in Law¬† to shoot for a little bit. We met up on the west side of Buffalo, in a neighborhood called Elmwood Village.¬† and of course had to go to a unique coffee house called SPoT. we walked and walked, and then i headed for my Home, to care for my own family, the felines were angry. what else is new?!!and later in the week , after i caught up on my sleep ,in the comfort of my own bed¬† captured a few subjects:) so here we go……….

the street corner box
the street corner box
lol, this guysaw the 2 of us with our big cameras, and he started yelling to me, take my picture, i want to be in Gusto. (a local Mag. )
lol, this guy saw the 2 of us with our big cameras, and he started yelling to me, take my picture, i want to be in Gusto. (a local Mag. )

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all the vagrants Knew who my Brother in Law was, they immediatly came up to Him and asked for money, he knew all of them by their first name
all the vagrants Knew who my Brother in Law was, they immediately came up to Him and asked for money, he knew all of them by their first name
it was an awesome day ..Hit 80 degrees by the time i made it back to my house
it was an awesome day ..Hit 80 degrees by the time i made it back to my house
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take time to smell the flowers…. and in November, thats something:)
sweet
sweet
and... does anyone remember their granparents calling the dresser
and… does anyone remember their grandparents calling the dresser “the Bureau…pronounced BURAU.. an upscale clothing store on the strip
i thought this was the koolest bike rack ever
i thought this was the koolest bike rack ever
this guy just goes from coffee place to coffee lace, when hes up to it
this guy just goes from coffee place to coffee place, when hes up to it
another light box..all dresed up
another light box..all dressed up
on His way to the Hospital to visit
on His way to the Hospital to visit, Children Hospital is just down the block
the architecture in this part f town is so unique. I'm glad they are restoring alot of these places
the architecture in this part f town is so unique. I’m glad they are restoring alot of these places
well this was in front of a hair salan
well this was in front of a hair salon
thats Mom, shes got the walker and i had the cart… shed point id grab… and in between take photos ..what else:)
so im back home, enjoying the remainder of good weather , aat the big farmers market down town, and ohh these smelled so good i cave in and had one..Dukes Doughnuts. and got the story of whos who...
so im back home, enjoying the remainder of good weather , at the big farmers market down town, and ohh these smelled so good i caved in and had one..Dukes Doughnuts. and got the story of whos who… they do an awesome business …ps.. this is not Duke:)
i enjoyed my cuuppa so much with my Brother inLaw, that i asked my Hubby to take me to ours ,downtown, use to be the old Chrysler Building.... well any way. the coffeee was not nearly as good:( and neither was the scene...so off we went
i enjoyed my cuppa so much with my Brother in Law, that i asked my Hubby to take me to ours ,downtown, use to be the old Chrysler Building…. well any way. the coffee was not nearly as good:( and neither was the scene…so off we went
some of the local talent here in Rochester NY this is Matthew Corey and Hosea. they are really popular Here, so i sat and chatted with them awhile, since the weather changed.. normal temps for Nov. 50ish
some of the local talent here in Rochester NY this is Matthew Corey and Hosea. they are really popular Here, so i sat and chatted with them awhile, since the weather changed.. normal temps for Nov. 50ish
and we went out for breakfast, somehting we havent done in forever... mostly because my breakfast tastes better
and we went out for breakfast, something we haven’t done in forever… mostly because my breakfast tastes better

i hope you enjoyed the little tour, have a wonderful rest of the week end, and a super week

Happy Halloween

By now anyone who reads my blog Knows , I’m not the normal photog:)¬† i shoot what i like ,when i like. and i dont have any particular method, that seems to vary, from day to day..still ,after all these years. i get bored easily. well today while we were driving around we ran into¬† a different type of Halloween parade.. so with out further ado …

they were all so darn cute
they were all so darn cute

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gimmi my dog bone

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please mommy, i wanna go now
please mommy, i wanna go now

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yes we saw people too ūüôā
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and.. it was time to hit the road again. these were all taken with my Nikon, and we found all of this at the new College Town at University Of Rochester. i hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. have a safe and happy Halloween, and..don’t for get to turn your clocks tonight.. back

looking for the Great pumpkin

i thought I’d better take advantage of the day,¬† sun shinning and being in the 50’s. so i did what my good friend Mary Smyth does, i took a walk in the near by village, (My Village in My town).¬† with camera in one hand and iPhone neatly stashed away on my shoulder, and started to walk , the weirdest things were happening. people would ask me crazy questions.. they thought i was a Realtor.. and then…. the cops came..

yep, nice and slow.. around and around the blocks they went ..just watching. i was prepared if i was questioned:) i personally know the Chief..and His Wife:) , its true i rub elbows with¬† the elite … lol. anyway, after i got what i needed i decided.. why take chances? and i also felt good, knowing some one must have called them as said, there’s a stranger walking¬† all around..taking pictures. makes me feel just a little safer.

anyway these are a few of the shots i got, i might have to go back over there this week end (if its not raining..or snowing) just to see the kids.

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these people go all out… i wonder what size candy bar they give out..i just might be back here:)

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getting ready to pack it all up, i made a friend.. this is Harley. Shes only 6 mos. old. i would have loved to of gotten a closer shot,to show off her coat. but shes a jumper, this Dog is gonna be a Marmaduke. if you could have seen the paws. anyway thanks for stopping by, I had a great day, especially meeting Harley. hope you had a good day as well.

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