Kicking Around Canandaigua

Yesterday afternoon, I had to make a quick run to Canandaigua. Michelle decided to seize the opportunity and readied herself in record time. We rushed out the door, both making sure we had our cameras with us!

I came to a stop at the light across from the Ontario County Courthouse. How pretty it looked against the blue sky. Hey, I should take a picture! I grabbed the camera and the light turned.  Oops….hope the people behind me didn’t mind too much! And, to my utter surprise, not one horn honked!

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Well, so it isn’t a great photo….but, I love the color. I guess I am color-starved, because I just wanted to see all the pretty colors! And speaking of color….

Michelle and I were both hungry, so I pulled into Wendy’s. How do you like this colorful menu board?

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Since I hate eating in fast food restaurants, I turned down the lake road and parked at the city pier.  The lake was a splendid pale aquamarine color and the boathouses looked so beautiful!

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Michelle spotted a single Mallard Drake floating around near the boathouses…..

Me: Michelle, watch this…..(quack, quack, quack…)

Michelle: Mom, people are going to think you are crazy!

Me: So?

And….

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What can I say? Those drakes just love me! hehehe…

Look at this beautiful sailboat! Not too much longer till Summer!

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As we were getting ready to come back home, I saw purple….had to stop and smell the Lilacs! They were just opening and the smell…intoxicating!

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And one photo from today….I definitely have got to clean my windows!!!

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Oh, and as I walked the Scotties in the woods today, it was snowing! Gotta love this weather!!!

Meet the Finches (Gold, that is!)

I mentioned here before that I had purchased a special Finch “feeder” that is actually a special “sock” fabric with holes just large enough for the birds to get the Niger Seed out without spilling it on the ground.

 I placed that feeder right next to the feeder that I have black oil sunflower seeds in…..and I waited. And waited. Finally, Goldfinches seem to have appeared from nowhere! But…alas….they gleefully lodged themselves in the regular feeder to fill their little bellies.

Then……

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Mrs. Finch at the “Finch-feeder”!

Note: Mrs. Finch appeared and heartily ate at the “sock”. She was seemingly very unchallenged by our presence…she rarely flew away if I moved inside the house. The male finches, however, were another story. They seem far more timid!

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 You have no idea how much time I wasted consumed, sitting quietly on the hearth, camera mounted atop my monopod, wired to my remote shutter release in my sweaty, anxiety-ridden palm! When the mister appeared, I think I must have taken 3 million photos!

However, my very favorite photo of all, regarding the Finches has got to be this one. It is such a favorite, I have titled it!

Introducing…………………………………….

                                      Camofinch

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Exploring in the Hills

On Sunday, I needed to run down to the village of Naples to grab some produce…there is a small roadside business that sells flowers for the garden, baked goods, and fresh produce. I love their produce as it is fresh and the prices are very moderate compared to the grocery store.

As I wandered down the steep hill leading into Naples, I saw *them*…..Those grand behemoth towers that have caused normal peaceable people to turn into very upset folks….or, very happy folks…

You must remember that I suffer from the “Wanderlust” affliction, and as such, there was no way I could keep the truck from wandering into the hills to have a better look-see at the towers. I will make no statements regarding these generators, as I have made my own personal feelings known here in the past. Rather, I will show the towers in their various states of installation and also some photos from the hills where they stand…

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Venturing Forth in Penn Yan

I tried to work on this entry last night, but my connectivity kept wavering, so I decided to just wait until this morning! The joys of computers!

When I went to pick Ben up on Saturday, I was anxious to walk about this lovely village. Penn Yan  is located on one of the Finger Lakes….Keuka Lake is somewhat “y” shaped, with an east and west branch. Penn Yan is on the northern end of the east branch. It is also the county seat of the county of Yates.

Ben and Michelle’s friend lives on Main Street. This is a beautiful street that looks alive and brimful of history! I was confused, as at first, I thought the street to the west of Main Street was Main, as it is another main entrance into the village.

Let’s begin my (albeit very short) foot tour.  Of course, how could I begin without shooting up into this tree? I am not at all aware of the type of tree this is, but it was full of beautiful white flowers!

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For a tiny community not much larger than 5,000, Penn Yan offers many “flavors” when it comes to faith. One need only to take a small walk down Main Street to see five different denominations represented! And that is probably within one mile.  I was quite smitten by the castle-like appearance of the Methodist Church.

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These are not my best photos. It was very warm (82 degrees, Fahrenheit) and as anyone who reads here knows, I just have an enormously hard time with heat.  For this photo, I crossed the street and walked down a driveway quite a bit and got down on one knee…..I was working with my large lens and was too lazy to change it. People on the porch of the house next door thought it was quite the sport to observe me, so I didn’t get such a great photo! But, I do believe one can see this is a large and impressive church. Here is a photo of the bell tower….

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A short distance from the Methodist Church was Fox’s Bed and Breakfast. This is such a beautiful home….it brings to my mind a large southern plantation home with the pillars in front! You might notice the little sign next to the driveway…..apparently, Yates County presented a very unexpected  occupancy tax last December which blindsided most residents.

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Not far away is this pretty Episcopal Church.

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One of Penn Yan’s treasures has got to be Birkett Mills.  Established in 1797, they have been providing buckwheat products since! (it was at the Birkett Mills site that I found the name Penn Yan came about as it honored its Pennsylvania and Yankee settlers)

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I must admit that I had seen this rather curious black “circle” on the side of this building several times, but never really knew what it said or why it was there…..

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It was only after photographing it that I made the discovery of its presence! It is the griddle used to make the world’s largest pancake in 1987, during Penn Yan’s Annual Buckwheat Harvest Festival! (note how tiny the full-size pickup truck beneath it looks!)

At this point, I wandered along a side street and came down another with some newer buildings on it. One of the buildings was this beautiful fire department. I was admiring those horns on top of the building, thinking the entire village must certainly hear them when they alert volunteers to the rescue. It was within the hour that I got to experience them firsthand. And yes, I do believe the entire village does indeed hear them! Loudly!

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Next door to the fire hall is this beautiful village hall. By this time, during my walk, my little toes were rubbed so raw by my sandals that I wanted to remove them and walk barefoot. I didn’t remove them, but walked back to the house, grimacing and feeling quite sore!  

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I did capture a birds-eye view of Main Street….

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And a sweet little park, complete with artwork, situated between two buildings along Main Street.

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I wanted to take a few photos along the lake, but I was hurting and decided to just sit and rest for a bit. Thankfully, Walgreen’s offered a cheap and wonderful solution to my dilemma….a pair of $1.99 flip-flops!  And yes, my poor little toes are healing nicely!

Surprises in the Garden!

Yesterday  was yet another busy day, as we needed to pick Ben up in Penn Yan from the party he attended.  The kids asked if they could “hang out” together for a while before they went home, so Mark decided he would stay home with the Scotties.

Michelle asked two girls if they would like to go, as they are part of the original group of friends. They were happy to go, so we were off to Naples, then to Penn Yan.

While the kids walked around the town, the mother of the boy who had the party and I visited. I then decided I would walk around the town a little and take some photos. The weather was very warm and it really was a beautiful day. I had both cameras, so why not?

I walked only a  short distance when it became obvious my (new) sandals were rubbing the skin right off my little toes….BOTH of them. Such an annoyance. I walked around more until I could no longer stand the pain. I really didn’t get very far and I was growing agitated and aggravated!  I went back to the truck and remained there, reviewing my pictures Then I had a brilliant idea to go to the drug store to see if they might have a cheap pair of flip flops. Thankfully, they did! As I stood in line to pay for them, it was all I could do to keep from removing the shoes that were literally removing the skin from my toes! After paying, I immediately put the cheap flip flops on outside the door…total relief!

I began to gather the kids up at about 4, and we were finally ready to leave! Thunder was threatening off in the distance as we began the journey home.  As we drove, we were heading directly into the darkest weather ahead! We ran smack dab into a wild storm that included some pretty heavy-duty rain. The truck received quite the “power wash”!

We dropped off one of the party-goers at his home, then the girls in Naples. I ran to the grocery store in Naples to get a few items to make dinner and we were on our way home. The thunder was still rumbling and it rained.

I made dinner, then took the Scotties out To my surprise, my meager little side garden had some color!

I have a total of two bright yellow tulips……..

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And one red and yellow-striped tulip.

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In my previous entry, I showed the garden looking down from the hill behind the house.  I knew the tulips were coming, as they were big green “heads”….I could see no color yet, but it was obvious they were going to bloom.

One big surprise was the bleeding heart!

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It isn’t even the end of April and this plant is already blooming! Oh no! This is the one plant I need to keep trimming every year, as it threatens to take over the entire side garden!

What a treat to see such pretty color! The weather is due for quite a change, we are told. Next week will be lots of rain, which we need, as well as “cooler” temperatures. I think the temperatures are going to be more in line with normal for this time of year. As it is, the summer-like spring we have been enjoying the past couple of weeks has issued forth beautiful colors and lots of green grass and leaves on the trees!

I am going to try to post another entry in a little bit of the pictures (few) I took in Penn Yan.  

A Very Long Day!

I was up  by 5:30 this morning. As I listened through my open bedroom window, I kept hearing rustling leaves…I looked out, and there were 5 deer eating grass in the woods! I couldn’t photograph all 5 as they kept moving about.

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I didn’t want to bother the deer, so I fiddled about in the bedroom for a while, picking up and putting things away. I didn’t want the Scotties to shoo the deer away so I waited until they were gone to take the boys out..Of course, Angus had his nose in the air, sniffing and proclaiming someone had been visiting his kingdom!

I can’t get over how much the scenery has transformed in the past few days. Less than a week ago, there was no sign of greenery, other than the moss found here and there in the woods.

Now….

the hill is greening behind the house….

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May apples are sprouting up (must have happened overnight!)…

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Ferns are springing up….

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And the peonies are up to my knees!….

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My little garden next to the house is growing like wildfire!

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The kids went to a birthday party late this afternoon. Before they went, we had to take a short trip to the mall, where the tulips are GORGEOUS!

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And the bright little faces of the pansies just make one smile!

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Mark and I wandered around the little city where the party took place. It is in a very beautiful area and we spent our time feeling like tourists!

Ben stayed overnight as the party was a “boy’s” party. Michelle and another girl stayed until 9:30. We arrived home at nearly 11 pm and Michelle immediately went to bed.  What a full day, but it was  very pleasant!

A Most Unusual Photo…

I meant to post this photo today, but it was pre-empted by the rather strange news story I heard below….(I think I have finally sorted this out; IE, since “you are what you eat”, I guess it would make sense your “baby is what you eat”…..Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!)

I took this photo late in the afternoon yesterday. What is unusual is that since we have been enjoying more June-like temperatures, the trees are leafing out rather early this year. Although it isn’t that unusual to see snow on the ski mountain in May, (during a more “typical”, cooler year) it is very unusual to see snow and green leaves!

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Today’s Theme is Yellow!

Since my friend, Terri,  over near Syracuse, coerced all of my Goldfinches to come to her house….hehehe….I went out and bought a special “sock” filled with Niger Seed to attract Goldfinches.

Well, well,well….suddenly, I have a pair of Goldfinches showing up! Are they attracted to the special food? Not! Instead, they pop into the feeder to gobble up sunflower seeds! Obviously, they just don’t KNOW what they (are supposed to) like!

I was able to capture Mrs. Goldfinch this morning, just before she flew away!

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And, the last of my Daffodils to flower this year! I planted this particular bulb….it is supposed to be peach-colored, and if you enlarge it and look at the bright yellow part, you can see just a blush of peach color on the right. Yes, it has somehow reverted to match all the other daffodils…what ever happened to individuality?

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Did I Really Hear This?

This morning, as I was working at the computer for a few minutes,  I heard  a news story on the radio that I must admit….I think I must be hearing things!

I went to Google news, perused through the stories under “health”, and there it was, in living black and white! It seems the British have done a study regarding pregnancy, the pregnant mother’s diet, and the sex of the baby!

According to the article, if a mother eats lots of potassium-rich foods such as bananas, as well as a more “healthy” diet, she is likely to have a son. If a woman eats more of a “diet” type diet while pregnant, she is more likely to have a daughter…

Does anyone else find this a bit odd? Or, is all of the biology that we learned in high school just fallacy? After all, didn’t we learn that the sex of a baby was determined by the father?

I certainly hope Carly reads this. Perhaps she will shed some light, as she adores science. (ugh!) Until then, color me clueless in Bristolwood!!!