Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer's Flora

We grew these. 
Vibrant and happy. 
Perfect weather for my Hibiscus (gift from colleague for birthday.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

10 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality

Meanwhile in Ithaca....
...Along with the many galleries, studios, and shoppes,  Ithaca's Artist culture is well represented through the dozens of murals lining the town's streets. 

...Heading on NY-13 from the countryside, a big small town peeks out from the forest's treetops and Catskill heights.  
I know, my pictures don't do the striking view justice. But, trust, we both gasped as we turned the bend. 
...Roads are bricked over to create the Commons, quaint and original shops buzz, and random musicians choose their bench to play from. 

...One of  the USA's Top 8 Farmers' Markets quietly stands on the south shore of Lake Cayuga. 
The bohemian flair and street market vibe at Steamboat Landing is an idyllic Saturday morning, 
with 100% Organic produce (GMO anything need not apply), this town makes it easy to be a Vege, 
or composter.... anything pruchased here (napkins, forks, plates, cups not exluded) are compostable.  With only 3 small trash cans and dozens of recycling and composting bins, Mother Earth is more important than a discount at Sam's Club. 

...Just outside of town, nestled in between civilization and wild wonderland, is a lovely "tiny house" community, inspiring us to minimize. 

...While the mountainside is peppered with artisians and free spirited folks, the countryside with organic farms and quaint villages, the hilltop belongs to the Ivy League.  
Hogwarts.....erm.... I mean Cornell is truly the prettiest University I've seen. 

Random protestors, free smiles, and pictures that take themselves.... its easy to see why Ithaca is 10 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality. 

Maybe I'm just a little Cheesy myself

Why yes, yes, we did drive an extra ways out of our way to go to the Cheese Fest.  And no, no I don't regret it one. little. bit. 
Conversation with random guy at festival: 
Him (with a believably disgusted look on his face): "This festival is just too cheesy."
Me: **groan**
Him : "You know its only a couple months until the corn fest.  That is a lot like this. You know, real corny."
Me:  " Ha ha.  You are just very punny, aren't you."
Him.... beaming from ear to ear.

Get Down Eat Up

...Meanwhile in Syracuse...
Yes, we are the ones who drive 6 hours for a waffle...

& stumble upon an arts festival. 

Syracuse is making a come back, but would prefer if you don't call it a come back. They've been here before. 

Grandiose Gardens

Just a glimpse into my not-so-grandiose garden.... wall sitter edition. 
Gah. I love summer.

In the Stocks

Got caught cheating.... 
at mini golf. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015