Friday, October 24, 2014

Skaneateles, NY

Skaneateles, NY on Lake Skaneateles is one of the wealthier lake areas on the Finger Lakes.  I wish I had taken a photo of their brand spanking new fire house, wow!  I guess they don't want any of those mansions burning down.  Having said that it is a beautiful area and one does enjoy the atmosphere and just walking around town.

This is where we bought my yarn pottery bowl.  It was getting towards the end of the day and the clouds are rolling in now.

I think they have a wooden boat pageant some time during the summer, you can see one in the boathouse.

Here are some of the homes around the lake.

We did eat at Doug's Fish Fry, more to follow on that.

We left here with over an hour to get back to pick Rob up.

Well first of all we have no cell phone, so as we were driving we realized that we would be about twenty minutes late.  Fortunately as we come into town to pick Rob up, there he is walking up the hill, so in he gets.  We had totally forgotten that we had to take him to pick up his gear and the cutoff time to pick it up was 5:30pm.  He phones says he will be a few minutes late, sorts all that out, phew!

When we get there nothing has been assembled together on a cart as it should have been because the students working there were understaffed and had been going all day.  Rob had put in his request, but unfortunately the computer locks down at 5:30pm, so they had to get someone to override the system with a password to check out all his gear.  They said a check out time of no later than 5:00pm should not be in the system, not Rob's fault but whoever entered it.

Eventually we get all the equipment loaded into the SUV, he was relieved as the filming had been set up for the next day and had to be done then.  It all ended well, but was a bit stressful.

By now all are hungry so we went down into town and ate at Viva, the Mexican restaurant, the wait was thirty minutes.  After which we decided to go to a recital that one of Rob's friends was in.  He said I think it's just small group of people.  When we get there, which is quite a hike across campus, and up hill and down dale, we arrive at the auditorium and it is packed out.  This was a whole Choral and Choir evening from 8:00pm until 10:30pm, black tie affair.  There were no seats available but eventually some seats opened up.

It was a great evening and a true surprise, from African music to Elizabethan madrigals to Mozart and Russian Opera, so quite a range, we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Nice treat to listen to beautiful voices live.

By the time we dropped Rob off, and he helped me figure out how to download some videos, and then drove to our Motel, it was late.  This schedule is wearing mum and dad out.

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Geneva, NY

Hi Dear Folk,

Another rainy day, although it is clearing up. 

The other day I was in Aldi's looking for fresh spinach and tin tomatoes for my ever faithful Florentine soup, when I came across some new plastic containers, made in Germany no less, with attached lid and clip locks, I treated myself to a new set for lunches at work. It is so nice to have a little matching set, and bring me joy to look at them in my lunch bag, I know small things.  My other older ones went up to Rob as he said that he did not have anything the right size to pack his lunches in.

He cooks himself up a pot of chili; we also took him up a large stainless steel cooking saucepan, which I had in the basement.  He buys soft tortillas and wraps chili and cheese inside and this makes up a lunch for him.  He is getting quite thrifty because he can actually eat at the restaurant where he works for 50% off, but as he said that is still $6.00 and he can cook himself up a meal for $1.50 to $2.00, The Boy is getting the idea.

Here is Geneva, NY a town that we stopped off at.

Obviously a lot busier in it's heyday, but still nice. I would have loved to have seen the department stores at their peak, but we know all this has changed. 


Waiting for master.

Still fun shops to investigate, like this yarn shop.

And this quilting supply shop.  With lovely mellow wooden floors and the brick wall.

These shots are expansive I think and show the amount of space allotted to roads in these old towns.

Mr. B. was on a quest for a good cup of coffee to have along with the Monkey Bread that he bought.

So we spent a nice hour or so in Geneva, got a little carried away looking around an antique store, as I'm on a quest for a cast iron, made in USA, cast in one piece fry pan.  Did not find one.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Power of a Book Book

I saw this a while ago and thought it was great.  You may too if you have not seen it.

Back to tactile books.

Love it.


Happy Things

Hi Dear Folk,

Have been feeling kind of run down and tired since we got back from Ithaca.  We had a lovely but very busy weekend and some very late night driving home.  On top of that I caught a mouth ulcer which is very painful and from what I've read up they just have to run their course.  You can use meds to help with the pain, but it will not lessen the cycle.  So not ill but not feeling on top of the world.

But here are a few happy things.  A very solid little gift from my friend Jean in the UK, for our anniversary along with a card that reminded me of Gustav Klimit, The Kiss.  I think it was the way that the champagne bottle was filled in.

And what could be more warmly received than these, for Mr. and Mrs.  They were split up this way, The Mr. does not like any nuts or raisins in his chocolate, the Mrs. does like raisins and nuts in here chocolate, reminds me of the poem Jack Sprat.  Thank you we thoroughly enjoyed them.

A posy just picked out of my garden the last of what will bloom this year.

An anniversary gift from Mr. B. bought in Skaneateles.  He wanted me to choose something while we were away and I didn't really see anything I especially wanted until I spied this.  "This is what I want dear."  There were two colours, one more of a cream, so Mr. B. did choose the colour and he liked the finish more on this one and I did too.

I am a happy girl walking around with my little handled, pottery yarn bowl and of course the most important thing it works great.

I'm still working on my crochet socks.  The first one is finished.

Have made a long list for Hawaii and am staging things on The Boy's bed, well he isn't using it right now.  Getting clothes washed and ironed and gathering everything in one place.  It makes me feel less stressed, because one does not want to feel stressed over something that is such fun.

A family we know visited Maui in August, so had Barb and I over for lunch, we looked at some of their photos and went over the map they had.  The tips they gave us were very helpful, I'm very visual when it comes to maps and travel, I guess that's why I'm not crazy about seeing a very small screen on GPS just for one turn left and turn right, I like the whole picture.  Some roads on Maui are dirt roads, but you can still drive them, so we probably will.  I'm up for it.  In any case you get to see more of the island by doing so, so that was a helpful tip.

Well must go.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Miles Winery on Lake Seneca

Hi Folk,

This is the Miles Winery on Lake Seneca.  As we were driving along passing many wineries, I saw a couple of cars turn down this road and it looked like it was right on the lake and it was, plus we were delighted at it being a truly old house.

This house is built in the Federal style, with Grecian columns and Egyptian keyhole trim inside, so it is quite a conglomeration of styles.

A follower of Jemima Wilkinson built this house, early 1800's.

After the wine tasting I decided on the special offer of three bottles of Cabernet for $20.00 Call me a Cab  I love the pun on words.

Yes the Keep Calm motto is even here.

The clouds were rolling past the sun and here you can see some ominous dark clouds, but the rain held off all day.

This old wisteria had totally wrapped itself around the tree, in the for ground  is the wisteria.


What a lovely setting, so peaceful down by the water.  It would be just right for a celebration.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Lake Seneca

Hi Dear Folk,

More travels, from our trip last weekend. We had arranged to meet The Boy at 5:00pm, he had things to get done in the morning and had to work in the afternoon.  So we had the whole day free to explore.  We were up and out by 8:30am and our first stop was for breakfast at Curly's, just a real ma and pa place, where a lot of older folk were meeting together for morning breakfast and having a lot of fun and laughs together, nice to see.

Mr. B's favourite meal is breakfast so he was happy.  Eggs, bacon, sausage, homefries, toast and a side of French Bread and maple syrup.  This was the giant breakfast and Mr. B. is up for that.  Now we will have a good day because he is a bear if he does not eat breakfast.

We headed up to Watkins Glenn but did not visit the falls here, which is an all day thing, well maybe not all day, but ones energy would be seriously depleted.  We've done the walk several times before, best to go from the top down and not from the bottom up.  So a nice drive along the lake was for us.  Stopping off at one winery.

Here is a little information about the Finger Lakes region.

U.S. Salt Company on the edge of Lake Seneca.  See here in reference to Seneca Salt

Just one of the many vineyards on both sides of Lake Seneca.  The area is similar to the Rhine Region in Germany for climate and some of the vistas.  There are so many wineries where one can partake in a wine tasting.

I love this shot of the birds, gathering and flying and then gathering again.  I think they are starlings.  This was on the road leading down to the Miles Winery, where we did stop, more later.

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