A Distant Memory

Anyone who knows me… knows I really despise the cold and snow, and I hibernate for a few months. The last stretch of our winter just seems to drag, as we continue to get more snow and bitter cold temps…. in the the teens.

I’m grateful for my archives during these months, so here’s a redo, of… what else a bench…. for Bench Monday’s a distant memory., in painterly mode

Went to visit the turtles

I’ve been laid up for just about a week now. Saw the acupuncturist today and she fixed me up pretty good, I’ll know better tomorrow. But.. anyway, before I landed myself in this predicament , I went to our little conservatory, Forgetting not only was it Sunday but also the beginning of feb. recess :(!!! It was very crowded but I managed to get a few shots off .

It was nice to see a mom taking Her son out shooting

And then there r the Quails under foot , nervous little things , they are. With signs every where to b careful where u step..

And a mascot to end all mascots:). Yeah she lives there too.

But u cant help but stop by and see these crazy turtles , I’m told they are always “doing it”

A different type of turtle. He’s generally on land .

Well I found one room with no one in it . But it was time for me to go.

As it was getting way to crowded for me.

So off I went following the brick road.:)

Have a wonderful week end everyone

a trip back to my Hometown

As a good lot of you know im from Buffalo ,New York.  any chance i get, i love going home to visit the water front and the down town area. but this particular visit, i brought my neighbor,she lived in the south towns for a few years but never really went down town. it was a great adventure..for me, and i do believe she loved it as well. She like most people (who arent from Bflo.)  have no clue how much it has changed ,and now recognized as a tourist destination. and it also has one of the longest bike runs and lake view parks, at least in North America.

i only wish i had original pics of what buffalo’s’ water front  looked like when i was growing up. unless you worked on the docks, in one of the gain mills, or at the steel mill..or a vagrant..you really didnt go by the water..  contamination at its highest level.

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the water is clean, and used widely for recreation of all kinds. they still get some big grain ships coming through from time to time, but not like the old days,even in the ’70s you could still see ocean vessels coming in to load and unload.

the boat in this pic. is a history tour. ive taken b4, and would have taken today,but we didnt have much time.

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this is where i grew up. just steps away from  the Buffalo River. see those train tracks.. you just never heard of any one getting run over by a train back then. and there is a neighborhood behind this building.
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so on with the tour.

We started at the very beginning, and we r working our way downtown, to the “New Buffalo” water front.

On July 3, 2003, at the climax of a fiscal crisis, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority was established[11] to oversee the finances of the city. As a “hard control board,” they have frozen the wages of city employees and must approve or reject all major expenditures. After a period of severe financial stress, Erie County, where Buffalo resides, was assigned a Fiscal Stability Authority on July 12, 2005. As a “soft control board,” however, they act only in an advisory capacity.[12] Both Authorities were established by New York State. In November 2005, Byron Brown was elected Mayor of Buffalo. He is the first African-American to hold this office.

Economic development in the city was marked at $3.5 billion in 2006 compared to the ten year previous average of $50 million[citation needed]. New proposals and renovations were numerous, especially in the downtown area. Buffalo ranked 83rd on the Forbes best cities for jobs list, an increase from the previous year, beating out cities like New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit.

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that water ? the buffalo river. those buildings? now clean up and renovated  , all lit up at night. next to the Labatts Blue (which were silos) is a huge restaurant . the lake is just on the other side .
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still working on things…theres some recreational  boaters   .. usually its packed.. but we were very early  and it was only in the low 70’s.
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a view from above

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 beautiful city hall
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one of those freighters i was talking a bout..maybe on its way to Cleveland?? or Canada… way over to the right of this photo.that land is Canada
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another tour boat,heading back .
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there is actually a bike ferry, a 5 min. ride, that will take you across the river For $1.00 and a buck to come back over. to pedal all along the  Buffalo shore line(of Lake Erie). its pretty flat, and a very long stretch, most of it is built for bikes and pedestrians.

there  are lots of places to stop along the bike route for  bathroom breaks and  food or drink.

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the naval museum. growing bigger every time i come here.

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well thats it for this trip, i sure hope you liked it as much as my neighbor did :)and if you took the time to stay a while, thank you in advance. i love my home town. i take every opportunity to go and visit. and always find something new and wonderful. if you ever have the chance.. get off the the thru way and visit, you’ll be glad you did.

have a wonderful  rest of the week.

Bits and Bobbs, of a beautiful Autumn

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can ya just hear the leaves crinkling
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it was such an awesome day, i cant remember the last time i stayed in the park so long…good thing there were plenty of benches
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in front of the conservatory
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magnificent colors all over
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made me think spring was here
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chestnuts galore
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im sneaking into the sunken garden
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usually wedding take place here, and they have posted, no one is allowed to taks pictures with out …paying a fee..yeah right!!!!
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ok…..im going in
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i know a short cut..
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here we go im almost inside
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good,no one is shooting anything special
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theres the main entrance… where one would pay…
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can you imagine your wedding here… it must be beautiful, almost fairy taleish
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i loved walking through here

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take a walk with me
take a walk with me
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gotta kick those leaves
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well that was my little tour, that i DID NOT pay for!!!

People at the Truck Rodeo

Its always fun and it has always captivated me, just to watch people, something i learned along time ago from a cousin of mine. so when i get bored of what ever it is that I’ve attended. i people watch..who hasn’t..right?:)

she saw me, and couldn't get away fast enough
she saw me, and couldn’t get away fast enough
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yep she saw me and my lens alright
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then ya have your folks who have never tried food truck food, ad they are all kinds of confused
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Hes really diggin the grub
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i couldn’t believe how big this cigar was, so u know i had to try and get the smoke….
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…And..i did 🙂
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you can always pick out the foreigners , they just dress differently. certainly not that there is anything at all wrong with that..i look for it:)!
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then there was this guy, it was just noon, ,beer in hand. with his Fidal Castro look
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Mr.Godly Locks just strutted around all while we were there, with the 2 girls behind him:) must have been an extra good hair day…..
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its always a riot to watch how some people will try to eat their food in a park…. me i would have held the plate to my chin.. or better yet sat at a table:)
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i would have liked to fix this one up with Mr. godly locks :)) she had high heels on as well:))
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then there’s the local celebs…. the guy in the black shirt…Moe… has a forever tan, Hes known around these part for all the bars hes opened around town
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she famous here in Rochester ,NY. awesome voice, and sings rock and roll and the blues
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and this girl sings fairy tale songs, and thats why she has a cape on. that was her opening line. not my kind of music.. but it was a good opener for me to take people pics:)))
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yep that’s my Husband, he thinks no one can tell Hes people watching:) and that is it for the Rodeo shots. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and thanks for stopping by

Rolling Thunder…….

well this week end, we went to the park for a food truck rodeo and live music. and Rolling Thunder is what they call it because of all the noise you hear when the trucks are “rolling”‘:).

ROLLING THUNDER
ROLLING THUNDER
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organic ice cream
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the taco truck
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the ‘JUNK’ truck
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whos up for sushi
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we love our Almonds..roasted
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can always count on at least one beer tent
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first thing i do , is see where the facilities are:)…yes ..NO “outhouses”
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are ya up for some Greek food?
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and this was our choice.. if you are into or trying a Palio Diet, this would have been for you also
healthy garbage  plate. coleslaw on the bottom, mixed with roasted sweet potats,roasted red peppers, grilled chicken it was deelish, and very filling
healthy garbage plate.
coleslaw on the bottom, mixed with roasted sweet potats,roasted red peppers, grilled chicken it was deelish, and very filling
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how’bout macaroni and cheese with just about any thing you want in it..ill pass
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my Hubby loves chocolate covered strawberries, but we were so full we didnt have any
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this is what i saw to the entrance at the park

the Dog Days of Summer……..Whaaaat?:(

I’m not sure where the summer went this year, but here it is the middle of August, and schools are opening already.its true I’m retired, but i still go by the school calendar, and i still get up at the crackA$$ of dawn., so while a take a break from my vacation to Florida, i went to spend the week-end with my good pal and her Hubby in Buffalo ,NY.. They always try to show me a good time and this past week-end was no different.

I’m always amazed at the construction going on in my Home Town, Lord knows Buffalonians have waited a long to see prosperity, and its finally happening. their down town has been revitalized into a destination place that is beyond any ones wildest dreams.

it was an amazing day, the clouds were perfect the water was calm
it was an amazing day, the clouds were perfect the water was calm
!st stop baby Shower, this was an interesting game..  a person had to guess what chocolate bar was smooched into the diaper, i didn't want to gross anyone out, so you'll have to use your imagination!!!:) but let me tell you, it looked as real as real can be..with out the odor
!st stop baby Shower, this was an interesting game..
a person had to guess what chocolate bar was smooched into the diaper, I didn’t want to gross anyone out, so you’ll have to use your imagination!!!:) but let me tell you, it looked as real as real can be..with out the odor
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My friends’ Husband took us to a tiki Bar, ..which in all honesty is something very rare in Buffalo. we had a great time, ,live music, some bar food I was set:)!!
these guys plyaed some awesome blues, and they were pretty old, thye playd from 6pm (must be when happy hour starts) and they ended at 9pm.
these guys played some awesome blues, and they were pretty old, they played from 6pm (must be when happy hour starts) and they ended at 9pm.
some interesting characters  around this place. i only had my Iphone with me,
some interesting characters around this place. i only had my Iphone with me,
Next nite... RiverWorks, in DownTown Buffalo, sitting right on the river,  now heres a bit of history for you, this use to be a grain silo. and when i was grwoing up... the water was so polluted , well lets just say you didn't do much by this body of water.
Next nite… RiverWorks, in DownTown Buffalo, sitting right on the river, now here is a bit of history for you, this use to be a grain silo. and when i was growing up… the water was so polluted , well lets just say you didn’t do much by this body of water.
what it all looked like once upon a time...
what it all looked like once upon a time…
this particular restaurant, is 3 floors, with outside balconies, as we sat out there with our cocktails , waiting for a table, i caught some of the sunset. to the far right you can see there are still some working mills in the area. , and they still get hugh cargo ships coming in. i hope to catch one b4 summers end
this particular restaurant, is 3 floors, with outside balconies, as we sat out there with our cocktails , waiting for a table, i caught some of the sunset. to the far right you can see there are still some working mills in the area. , and they still get Hugh cargo ships coming in. i hope to catch one b4 summers end
and then it was time to say good nite ... im so proud to say my home town is Buffalo ,NY. and i go home every chance i get!!!
and then it was time to say good nite …
im so proud to say my home town is Buffalo ,NY. and I go home every chance I get!!! if you’re stopping by, i hope this gives you food for thought and if you’re traveling around WNY, you make it a point to stop for a meal, or a day, . and thanks for stopping by . have an awesome rest of the week

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

OutSide Art For the SOUL

Summer doesn’t last very long here in Western New York, and even then we all hold our breath in Hope that we do have a nice warm summer. So we try hard to do as many things outside as possible so on this day, after the Public market, while it was still rather early and No One to Bother ME!!! I stopped at our lovely Art Museum. It has One of the Largest City parks I’d like to show you.

a bit of History

Centennial Sculpture Park has recast ten acres of the Gallery’s grounds into a showcase of public art and urban space. In the Sculpture Park, you’ll find a new kind of ‘town square’ – a spectacular gathering spot located in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts and a destination for Rochesterians and visitors alike.

Four major artists were commissioned to create site specific work for Centennial Sculpture Park. Wendell Castle’s Unicorn Family provides an outdoor grouping of chairs, a table, and a lamp for visitors who like to sit and enjoy the passing scene. Jackie Ferrara created Marking Crossways, geometric pathways and cameos leading from the ‘quarry’ area to the front entrance of MAG. Tom Otterness, known internationally for his engaging installations created Creation Myth, two heroic figures at the corner of Goodman and University Street as well as 17 diminutive bronze muses scattered throughout the Park. Albert Paley installed Soliloquy, a colorful 25-foot stainless steel sculpture at the Goodman Street entrance.

Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery
a new kind of seating...
a new kind of seating…
from a distance
from a distance

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follow the brick road
follow the brick road

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private eyes are watching  you
private eyes are watching you
Memorial Art Gallery
Memorial Art Gallery
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a few flowers

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that does it for  today’s tour around  the Art Gallery in Rochester NY, thanks for stopping by

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