May is here and the anticipation of summer and all that summer brings is raging rampant! It will soon be Memorial Day Weekend – the ceremonial start of the summer season (even though summer doesn’t “officially” start until June 20th). Thoughts of flowers, picnics, the lake, lounging on the patio, and other summer fun fill my head. I am so looking forward to this summer – this area has so much to offer in the summer and I plan to enjoy it as much as I can!
Everywhere you look, people are getting ready for summer – sprucing up their lawns, opening up their pools, and setting out their lawn furniture. I am no exception. Sometime next week (if the weather forecasts hold), my yard will undergo a transformation – new flowering trees will be planted, old bushes will be removed, new beds will be prepped, and new plants will be strategically placed to give the yard a colorful look that will compliment the house and reflect my personality. Soon there will be weeping cherries, weeping crab apples, dogwoods, Bradford pears, azaleas, hydrangeas, peonies, rhododendrons, lilacs, roses, day lilies, and more – all in pinks, purples, reds, and yellows. Then, by Memorial Weekend, I’ll hit the local nurseries and pick out hanging baskets for the front porch and flats of beautiful annuals to plant in crocks around the patio. The wind chimes will be placed on shepherd hooks and decorative items will find just the right spots to add a little “something” to the landscape. This is the last of the big projects I have planned, for now, so once this is done I’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the beauty and the fun of summer!
And then there is the lake! I talk a lot on here about how much I love Point Breeze, but there is a lot more to Lake Ontario to love! After all, it is one of the Great Lakes! Last week, I went to Newfane to the nursery that is doing the landscaping I’m having done. I went to pick out the trees and finalize the types of plants I wanted. Newfane is north of the Ridge towards the lake just inside Niagara County. If you take the road that goes through Newfane all the way to the lake, you run right into Olcott…and right into Lake Ontario, if you don’t stop when you’re supposed to. My Mom, my brother, and I used to go to Olcott a lot when I was little. It was so much fun – lots of rides and arcade games and hot dog stands and ice cream and, of course, the lake! So, when I was done at the nursery, I went on down to Olcott to look around. It was very quiet – not the busy place it tends to be in the summer season, but there were several crews hard at work getting things ready for the visitors that will soon be making their way down there. Building exteriors were being painted, streets were being cleaned, landscapers were sprucing up all around, and other odds and ends were being taken care of. It was a fairly warm day, but very windy and it had rained the night before, so the lake was rough and churned up – but it was still a joy to see.
I parked the car and wandered along the main streets – looking out over the lake, checking out the picnic park, admiring the lighthouse, and grinning ear to ear when I saw that the wonderful old carousel and arcade games are still there and would be opening Memorial Weekend! (Click here for info on Olcott Beach Carousel Park) One memory that stands out for me about Olcott Beach is the Skeeball machines — I loved playing them when I was a kid! You place your coin in the machine and get a set of wooden balls that you roll up the ramp to make them jump into one of several rings for your score…..and a PRIZE. It was so much fun! And, of course, since I absolutely adore carousels, the carousel brings fond memories, as well! I can not wait to go back and check it out once it opens up for the season!
Here are some photos from my afternoon adventure at Olcott Beach:
So come on, Summer……..bring it on!!!! I’m ready to put the top down on the pony and just go drive and see what I can find!!!!