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

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.

the Erie Canal at my back door..Part1

just a little History, before I begin my photo journey .  although I am use to living just steps away from a great lake, I cant complain at all , having the canal so close, its wonderful, we meet so many people in the summer months, who love to talk about their travels along the canal, where they been with the  with the boats (of all sizes). We live just minuets  from 2 towns on the Canal, we spend a great deal of  time between the 2.

The Erie Canal is a canal in New York that originally ran about 363 miles (584 km) from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie. Built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, the canal helped New York eclipse Philadelphia as the largest city and port[1][2] on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The canal is now part of the New York State Canal System.

First proposed in 1807, its construction began in 1817. The canal contains 36 locks and a total elevation differential of about 565 feet (172 m). It opened on October 26, 1825.[2]

on the Erie Canal
on the Erie Canal, in Fairport,New York, on a friday Nite
a summer time vacation
a summer time vacation

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family activities
family activities

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well thats about it for now, next time we”ll take a walk to see what the canal was used for back in the day, and what they have changed into for modern times. thanks for stopping by. have a pleasant week

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A time to remember…the English are coming..the English are coming

Exactly a year ago this week, we had some visitors from Merry ole’England…. One of my best Flickr Budds, wanted to jump the big pond and come for a visit. So Her and her Hubby  did just that.  I’ve known Fragglerocking.   From Flickr  for a very long time, we were so excited and nervous about the visit, I mean No One comes to Rochester New York for a vacation.. Especially from as far away as these guys were coming. So the wheels were in motion.. Where to take them in a short amount of time , we actually only had 5 days, as they were going to stop a few other places before boarding the jet again.

So… We decided to take them to  a few of the WONDERS of our corner of the world.   We enjoyed this visit and we sure hope Fraggy and her Hubby did too! There were so many things we wanted to show them… That we couldn’t , they’ll just have to come back;)

Meet-Up at my House
FRAGGY gets a Chance to meet -Up with some other peeps shes known through Flickr and IG
Dave and Phil  at the Gorges...and they were
went to Wakins Glen
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at Watkins Glen, lots of caves and water, and gullys… and an occasional snake
Niagara Falls, Canada
lets pose for some pics, by the Falls
Fraggy,Phil and Dave
one more breakfast before the Brits take off for the south
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lets sit in front of this old Cript, and Have the Boys take our picture @Mt.Hope cemetary
King Tut
fraggys Idle
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Mt. Hope Cemetery has many historic crypts, unfortunately … our History is not the same as over the Ponds History:)>
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cascading waterfalls at Watkins Glen
Me and Fraggy
it was so awesome to meet my good Flickr Budd. i hope we get to do it again sometime. thanks Fraggy and Phil for coming all this was to spend some time in our little corner of the world, i cant believe its been a whole year already.

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