Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fourth and Final Installment

Today's trek took us to Sodus Point by way of a field of sunflowers.    There is a farm in the area that, for whatever reason, has a field of over 700,000 sunflowers.  It was really amazing to see sunflowers as far as you could see.   Not exactly sure why they felt the need to plant all those sunflowers.  There was no store or shop, just fields and fields of sunflowers.    This is Frederick Farm in Clifton Springs, NY

On to Sodus Point.....This is the second lighthouse built after the original tower fell into disrepair, Congress appropriated a second stone lighthouse be built which was completed in 1871.  This became the residence of the Sodus Lighthouse keepers for the next 80 years.  

Sodus has a nice protected harbor and was a very active port with railways that brought cars and cars or coals to be loaded on the shipped and set sail on Lake Ontario.  It is a tiny fishing town at the end of a long long (miles!) road with a few small town restaurants, a marina and a lovely park and beach area for swimming.


 The view was awesome and the grounds and flower beds very nicely maintained.

Doesn't this look like a nice place to summer? Gorgeous porch and the view that is shown above.

Next stop, the lighthouse on the pier.......

 Oops, we got detoured by wading in the lake!  No walk down the pier for us.

We headed back and after crossing the Erie Canal we found some lunch. The plan was to take a little bit of a ride down the western shore of Cayuga Lake to the Lockwood Farm.   It is a lavender farm.   Unfortunately for us, it is only open to the public in June and July.  From the owner's blog (link above at "Lockwood Farm") seems like a lovely place to spend the afternoon. 

Sightseeing done, we settled in for an evening of sewing.  My two small pieces completed left me to pull out a WIP.   This is a piece in my guild's 2016 challenge.   We were to list up to five starts that were less than 50% done and 'challenge' ourselves to finish them.   I have turned my focus to  Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread.  I love how fast band samplers come together so heaven knows why I put this in the basket of unfinished pieces.   I also like to try new things and  the border, drawn work and hemstitch caught my eye.    I hope to have it all stitched by October Retreat so I can get guidance on the drawn work from a fellow stitcher who has finished this already.   That's you Diane!

The white on white stitches aren't showing up very well but trust me, they are there.

DD#2 spent the evening cutting out the next furry friend in her quilt.  Meet the Bunny Block

All those little pieces!  Bless her little heart!

Unfortunately we woke to heavy rain on Sunday.   Looking at the weather ap, the green, yellow and orange were tracking from Atlanta to Ontario and we were not going to escape the rain.   The weather nixed our plans to stop and stroll through Skaneateles and it was straight home.

We did so enjoy our time together.   No other family members craving our attention or asking what was for dinner.   No dogs jumping about.  No non-crafters telling us stitching would be get their nerves.  We enjoyed it so much that we plan to make this a yearly crafting-palooza of an event.   We are looking at Rhinebeck NY about the same time next year.   There will be some sight seeing, some crafting but tons of fun together!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Installment #3

Oh boy, so much more to cover.   I don't know if I can get in all in one more post.  We shall see.

Off to Watkins Glen....I love nature so of course I was happy to climb the trail.   But first we stopped for lunch at the Stonecat in Hector, NY.  I love little, one of a kind, places where they have neat things on the menu.   We also stopped at a little eclectic artisan co-op for some shopping.  High priced but fun to look and what a view.  

Now to Watkins Glen.   I am truly a water person and it amazes the power of water to cut through rock and erode away the mountain.    I know water can be damaging from floods but to me water soothes my soul......being in it, looking at it, hearing it......

These stairs lead to the first bridge.

 The view from the bridge.

The photo doesn't give justice to the stairway at all.    Steps as far a you can see.

 This is Minnehaha Falls.

 At the bottom of the falls, the water has eroded the rock in the shape of a heart.  Mine is not the best pix.  I didn't want to lean out too far and have an oopsie with myself or my camera!

Just another view of the years of erosion from the water cutting is way through.

 Popular photo stop....
 You actually walk behind the falls to get to the other side of the gorge.

Next stop, that suspension bridge.

Getting slippery and crowded.   Camera away the rest of the walk.
 We deserved a stop at Mr. Twistee's for ice cream after that climb....

Now I don't want you to think DD#1 was a crafting slacker.    She just finished Drawn Threads', Butterfly Garden.    Poor baby....the fabric was cut crooked so she ended with barely an inch to spare at the bottom right corner.   This is totally salvageable for framing!    We got this.
Then she pulled this piece out to work on.   I don't know the designer or name of the pattern but I can tell you the entire pattern is in German.  She is stitching it for her bike riding hubby.

As for me, I finished up this little one from Cottage Needleworks.   I did change it up a bit.   I removed "July" from the top center and added more fireworks with some krenik to dazzle up the fireworks.   And I eliminated the top and bottom gingerbread from the pattern.   While cute,  removing the top and bottom part of the design gives it a more primitive look which suits my style better.   Not sure how I am going to finish this piece and the Uncle Sam piece.    

Now as if my daughters' were not already wonderful.......real fireworks started outside our window.   They told me they paid extra for the light show just to celebrate my birthday.   What a pair!

 Just sitting in the dark, watching the fireworks from our window in our p.j'.s, sipping sangria, spending time with my daughters, best way to spend a Friday night.

One more installment and then I will be done......thanks all for sitting through the new millenniums version of your aunt's vacation slide show!