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:)!!

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.

here's the story of some might rich folks
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 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.

    
    
   

the land time forgot

MY Husband will go Photoging with me as long as He has something to do, (so my Friend Chris blogged about this camp last year.) and I knew I’d get Him to go.. so off we went. took us a while to find it. I cant wait to go back, and we did find some other activity going on there. a few hikers, a few campers.. and a few fishermen:)…..HISTORY AT BOTTOM

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have to use the rest room… well this is it…… and its pretty much at the edge of a cliff
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of course its been years since these camps were used, but we found them under all the brush
this is what was right behind the latrens
this is what was right behind the restrooms
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wondering what building that is….. the bathrooms, shower stall and toilets, and old sinks. better stay on the path… all kinds of poison weeds. and a…snakes too.. yep i saw a few
ready to go Camping.........
ready to go Camping………
olympic size pool
Olympic size pool
a lean-to
a lean-to

 

Relatively unknown, Beechwood State Park is easily one of the most unique park experiences New York has to offer. A former Girl Scouts of America summer camp, the property has been left as it was abandoned in 1996. After 15 years the buildings are in a state of decay, with many overgrown by weeds. The Olympic-size pool is almost completely destroyed, and the large wooden dock on the lake has been demolished into piled up scrap along the shore. Campgrounds vary from fallen shelters covered in vines, to intact and clean lean-tos, almost ready for use. Throughout this designated nature park, the old campground’s lodges and miscellaneous structures are there to be discovered by the casual hiker. At least for now. Whether or not the state will demolish them in the future is unknown.

well thanks for stopping by, i hope you enjoyed your visit… ill be back with more  from this place. we had a great time investigating 🙂

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