As i muddle through the rest of April

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so here it is the middle of April, I’ve been in a muck of sorts.. not the best time of year for me.

so ive gone through the archives and dug out some of my favorite flowers,since it will be planting season….in another month. I’m  NO gardener by any stretch of the imagination,but i know what i like, and i love to see pretty gardens,i just dont have the patience  to do it myself.so lets begin the journey…..

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come on follow me, there’s only a few hills

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peek a boo

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come on follow me
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ok, we’ll take a break

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4523564621use_189ecf1960_o_pe_tonemapped_pewell that concludes my tour, it will be Lilac season here soon enough, and that’s the start of everything summer. we have the largest variety of lilacs in the world,something to do with our temps?! I’m told..

so ill be spending most days in the park soon enough. if you stopped by i hope you enjoyed my virtual garden.  have a wonderful rest of the week.

Benches…benches….and more benches

Well about a week ago i posted a collection of Fences, today..i thought id share some Benches:),Yes another collection, and i might add a growing group in Flickr, as well as Face book. so let me get started by saying ive been collection these probably as long as fences, now most people who are not into photography will think this is strange, but just like my Fences.. ya just never know what your going to see…… through the eyes of a photographer… so  here we go…

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some time ago, the city did a bench theme, there were the koolest benches placed in different areas, i really loved this one

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this one is in my hometown

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i think someones shoulders must have been hurting, saw this laying on a bench.

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this is in Buffalo ,Ny  at a place called Larkinville.  awesome summertime concerts, and fab food

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always looking for those quirky benches..i am:)

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at the George Eastman House, which is located in Rochester,NY

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saw this in a filed of lavender

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we were taking a hike,  its so nice that benches are scattered about

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in the Adirondacks (NY)  at one of the local “resorts”

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sitting on the Erie Canal, love seeing moms esp. taking photos of their babies

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this was last summer, can you tell I’m itchy for summer

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saw this lady on one of the coldest days we had, shes got a huge camera lens, the body of water shes looking over is lake Ontario, on the other side is Canada…i wonder is she was trying to see if they started to build a wall yet……
well that should do it.. for now:)  think of me the next time your out side and go to sit on something:)

If you stopped by thank you in advance. and i dont mean to get political.. its getting just down right scary  in the USA though!!!!  have a wonderful rest of the week.

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:)
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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

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.

Daytrippin’ at Sonnenberg Mansion

It’s funny how you take things in your own Backyard for granted….. I’ve never once thought about visiting this place, but the thought of moving to another state has really made me look around.And this past Saturday we took a ride.. just down the road from us, really..30 min. away. to..Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens. it sits high on a hill overlooking one of out finger lakes.

there was a craft show going on , with food and music, so i thought i could get my Hubby to go.ill going to start with the out side of the mansion.

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here’s the story of some might rich folks
the green house
the green house
this is what we saw as we entered the some 200 acre estate
this is what we saw as we entered the some 200 acre estate
stone and gardens  at every turn
stone and gardens at every turn

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you just knew there had to be an Italian rose garden
you just knew there had to be an Italian rose garden
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setting up for a wedding reception
well, He doesnt like to be on my photos but he was always in my way...
well, He doesn’t like to be on my photos but he was always in my way…
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still being restored, so it was locked up
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we circled around a few times, with our even knowing it, there was so many paths to take

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i tried so hard to get his image in the puddles
the Carriage House,i tried so hard to get his image in the puddles
i gave up counting how many fountains there were
I gave up counting how many fountains there were
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somewhere in their own forest?
ill leave with this one, inside the mansion, you can seefrom one of the upstairs verandas,that blue against the sky..is the lake. must have been something to see back then, beuz it was a sight to lok at while i was there. thanks for stopping by. ill be back with the inside of the mansion a bit later. as soon a si figure out why im having so much trouble getting on here ...all of a sudden:(
ill leave with this one, inside the mansion, you can see from one of the upstairs verandas,that blue against the sky..is the lake. must have been something to see back then, because it was a sight to look at while i was there. thanks for stopping by. ill be back with the inside of the mansion a bit later. as soon as I figure out why I’m having so much trouble getting on here …all of a sudden:(

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

The People we met along the way

I’m taking a break from land and water scape today,  and introducing a few characters we met along the way.

at the tiki br , she was sipping wine and reading a book, and smoking. no food for Her at the tiki bar , she was sipping wine and reading a book, and smoking. no food for Her
she says shes gonna be famous one day, and asked me to take her picture. everyone at the Tiki bar knew Her she says shes gonna be famous one day, and asked me to take her picture. everyone at the Tiki bar knew Her
moving along, at the beach the next day.... how nice not to know the word.... modesty moving along, at the beach the next day…. how nice not to know the word…. modesty
lol, we just figured out thi9s is my husband, walking along, trying to be a photog...like me...lol lol, we just figured out this  is my husband, walking along, trying to be a photog…like me…lol
ill leave with with this precious little girl, who desperately was trying to catch minnows. ... when she wasnt asking me questions:) thanks for stopping by. hope you enjoyed a few of these, as much as we did. ill leave with with this precious little girl, who desperately was trying to catch minnows. … when she wasn’t asking me questions:)
thanks for stopping by. hope you enjoyed a few of these, as much as we did.

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.

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