April Showers Bring May Flowers……well, we should have a LOT of flowers coming our way! Here’s some showers of a different kind – showers of photos! hehehe I bring you the first half of April’s Daily Photos (the topic of each will be noted):
(I titled this one Drunken Flamingo)
THIS IS ME
YELLOW – ALTERNATE
I DID THIS TODAY
MAKES ME LAUGH
MAKES ME LAUGH – ANOTHER VIEW
(I couldn’t have posed this better if I had tried!)
There you go……
Yep…..it was a weekend of joys and blessings and lots of smiles!
Saturday night, I attended an Easter Cantata put on by several churches in the area – 60 people from 17 churches performed in “Come Walk With Me”, telling the story of Jesus from Palm Sunday through the Last Supper, his death, and his resurrection. It was very well done – I hope it becomes an annual tradition. I didn’t get any photos, but click here for the link from the coverage on The Orleans Hub.
Sunday morning, we kicked off Holy Week at our church with an amazing Palm Sunday Service. Our Pastor Aleka is truly a blessing for us!
Then, Sunday afternoon I attended an Old Time Fiddle Concert at the Cobblestone Church on the Ridge in Childs. WOW!!! I almost didn’t go because it was a rainy, cold day and I thought I would be happier wrapped up in my blanket on the couch watching Hallmark movies! hahaha But, I had my usual Sunday lunch with a friend after church and she convinced me to go by telling me I’d be sorry if I didn’t! So, I did……and I am soooooo glad I did!!! The group call themselves Elderberry Jam – they are musicians who get together to play music they love in jam sessions and occasionally get together for events like this. They are part of a larger group called Fiddlers of the Genesee. They were WONDERFUL! They played 25 songs over an hour and a half – including waltzes, rags, polkas, and bluegrass….traditional songs from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, the US and more dating from the mid 1700’s thru the 1990’s. The standing room only crowd was bouncing, tapping our feet, and smiling to tunes like Aunt Mary’s Canadian Jig, Whiskey Before Breakfast, East Tennessee Blues, Lover’s Waltz, Pig Ankle Rag, and Turkey in the Straw……and, my favorite of the afternoon: Tennessee Waltz – I LOVE that song and it didn’t fail to bring the usual tear to my eye to hear it (I used to dance to it with my Dad, so it is even more beautiful and sentimental to me than it used to be). They promised to return for another concert maybe later in the spring – I can’t wait!!!
And, finally……for this post, anyway……One morning this weekend – not sure if it was Friday or Saturday – I spotted my first blue bird in my yard! They were checking out the cobblestone bird house in my bird and butterfly friendly island garden in the back yard. I had a blue bird family in that house summer before last and it was fun to watch them come and go throughout the season. Then, last year a family of brown birds took it over and something attacked them and tore out their nest and left feathers all over the ground — I was so upset!!! But – it is a new year, so I am hopeful whoever ends up being this year’s renters find the home to be a safe haven for their family! Alas, I think it will be the brown birds (not sure what they are) will be my renters — just after the blue birds checked it out, the brown birds swooped in and I know that they like to steal blue bird’s homes and they won’t come back after that…..I’ll keep an eye on it to see what happens!
Mrs. Blue Bird checking out the house!
Hard to see, but she’s on the branch in the center of the photo surrounded by buds on my pear tree!
Mr. Blue Bird keeping an eye out near by
The potential home thief……..
And……a feeding frenzy over the tray of meal worms! LOL
So……hopefully, my post brought you some joy, smiles, and blessings, as well…….
March is done……and, it definitely went out like a lion!!! What was supposed to be a quick cold spell and a bit of snow turned into a VERY snowy afternoon and evening, today! But, we will be back in the 50’s on Tuesday and it is likely the last we’ll see of snow and winter-like temperatures……at least I hope so…….and pray I didn’t just jinx it!
Here are my daily photos for the second half of March – the daily photo prompt is noted below each photo:
BLACK AND WHITE
And, now, let’s move on to April and the promise of REAL spring!!!
We’re in the middle of Maple Season here in Western NY! And, that means trips to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn and bus tours and other maple related treats and fun! So, Saturday, I went on a bus tour hosted by the Cobblestone Society here in town. The tour took 27 of us to Angelica, NY where we spent some time in the quaint little downtown area to shop in the antiques and what-not shops and then to Cartwright’s for all we could eat buckwheat pancakes and fresh real maple syrup!!! YUM!!!
We were also supposed to make a stop at the Alton Sylor Memorial Bridge – aka, the Joncy Bridge. It is the longest clear span timber arch in the United States and, from the photos I’ve seen, it looks really awesome! But, we must have ran out of time cause we weren’t able to do it. But, rest assured — I was disappointed enough and am intrigued enough to make the trip to find it and get photos of it…..so, you’ll see it on here eventually – probably once the weather warms up enough to take a nice drive and when things are green enough to make pretty photos!
So — here are photos from this year’s Maple Syrup Bus Tour:
We started out at 10:00 am at the Cobblestone Museum Complex on Ridge Road in Childs.
Our tour-guide, Georgia! She was a walking encyclopedia about maple products and processing!
Angelica – a quiet little town caught in time! We spent about an hour here shopping and browsing in the antiques stores and the sweet shop – where we picked up pre-ordered pies, salt-rising bread, and other treats! I bought myself an egg custard pie — I LOVE egg custard pie and haven’t had it in years! My grandmother used to make it all the time for me! I also got a small apple caramel crunch pie to stick in the freezer for a time after I work off the egg custard and buckwheat pancakes – LOL!
These guys loved watching all the people strolling around their town! 🙂
Brings new meaning to the term “flower bed”………
And, then, on to Cartwright’s Maple Tree Inn and all those scrumptious buckwheat pancakes and fresh real maple syrup!
Didn’t know till I got there that my friends Lori and Michelle were on the tour, too!
Me and Lori
Photo courtesy of Lori Laine!
Another photo I stole from Lori – LOL! That’s me and Michele at the end of the table!
And, the lady in the green on the other side of me is my neighbor, Doris, who I also didn’t know was going on the trip, too!
I take a photo of this guy every year…….and one like the one above of all the pancakes on the grill!
Can’t say I’m not consistent!!! LOL
So – that about sums up our fun and delicious day trip to Angelica!!!
The calendar tells us Spring will begin in two days! Sure hope Mother Nature has a calendar and refers to it! LOL Seriously, there are signs that Spring is, in deed, here and ready to start bringing all the joys that Spring so aptly brings to our lives…….the geese are returning – they have been squawking overhead a lot in the past few days…….my daffodils are popping up out of the ground…….forecasted temperatures are beginning to be predominantly in the more pleasant range……we’ve moved on to Daylight Savings Time and the days are getting longer! Yes, regardless of the light snow we saw swirling through the air yesterday and the few days still stuck in the 30’s, Spring IS upon us and I couldn’t be happier!!!
With Spring comes the start of Adventure Season! YAY!!! I have a Maple Syrup Tour booked through our Cobblestone Museum Society the end of the month and am counting down the days till my first big adventure – my 2019 cruise – in April and some friends and I are starting discussions about our annual trip to Washington, DC that we’re planning in the Fall, this year! And, that’s just the beginning! I am so looking forward to this year’s Adventure Season! So many ideas fighting in my head for the chance to be a reality…..what, oh what, will this year bring!!!??? Stay tuned for the photo results as the year progresses!
So, now — here are my favorite shots from my March Daily Photo Challenge, so far…….the daily prompt is noted below each photo:
OUT THE WINDOW
ON THE GROUND
One more thing, before I log off here and begin my Monday……I went to a paint night at Brushstrokes in Medina last week – we painted Gnomes and had some wine and chocolate pairings…..here are the results of my efforts:
The photo distorted the color of the jacket and dots on the hat rim — it is actually chocolate brown!
Have a great day…..be on the lookout for more signs of Spring — they are fluttering all around us!!!
No words necessary……the title and photos says it all!
Goodbye, February……can’t say as I’m sorry to see you go! Here’s to hoping March is much kinder to us……bringing thoughts of Spring and new beginnings! Here are a few of my favorite Daily Photo Challenge pics from the last half of February – the Daily Prompt is the caption for each photo!
Over My Head
(I forgot “Shadow” day, so “Over My Head” played double duty)
Blue and Green
This coming week is the beginning of the Lenten Season…….so, I will be doing the usual Daily Photo Challenge AND a Lenten Photo Challenge! Looking forward to what I’ll come up with for both lists of prompts!