Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lake Skinny

Several of the Peeps joined friends at their cottage on Skaneateles Lake, where they were staying while taking classes at QBL.

We enjoyed delicious pot luck, a beautiful summer evening, and wonderful company.

From the left -- Anne, Nina, Carol, Jeanne, me, Bev, Linda, Dorothy, and Kate.

Here's the dinner cruise boat coming from Skaneateles.


Our view down the lake.

And a lovely sunset to complete the evening.

Monday, July 21, 2014

More garden flowers

Our perennial gardens are looking pretty good this year!

The german statice plant is a lovely shade of lavender.

The hostas are also showing lavender blossoms.

These are the water lilies currently in the garden pond.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Peeps meeting

I only took one picture from today's meeting, and it was of Jeanne's project.  She's been getting ready to host her retreat at Skaneateles Lake, and painted some canvas fabrics.  She made name tags for the participants from the fabric, and she'll be showing them how to make the fabric and then make projects from the fabric. 
Sounds like fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden update

The cone flowers are blooming, and the butterflies are visiting.

Another picture of a visiting butterfly, with the blue balloon flowers in the background.

We appreciate Billy's help with running the rototiller in the vegetable garden.  The old Troy-built "horse" is a heavy monster that takes some muscle-power to keep it steady.

We've harvested spinach, summer squash, basil, and string beans, along with a couple of small tomatoes, so far.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ladies Lunch

At least once during each summer friends from my high school class get together for lunch.

This year we met at Warfield's in Clifton Springs.  The restaurant has a pretty patio area and overlooks the gardens and water features.

It's always fun to see Marnie, Mary Ann, and Carolyn.

And just by walking across the street, we also visited Main Street Arts and viewed their latest exhibits.

Marie was particularly taken with all the carved birds on the second floor.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lowville Library Garden Tour

We were able to take in three of the seven gardens on Lowville's First Annual garden tour before the rain storms chased us on our way.  Hopefully next year we can see them all.

Our first stop was at the Butterscotch House B&B.

The gardens were lovely and enhanced by the accompanying flute music.

We were also treated to delicious cookies.

Pat and Anne walked through the many interesting areas of the second garden we visited, the Duflo Garden. 

The property has been under development since 1993 and incorporates quite an incline that has been shaped with retaining walls and garden sections.

The gazebo and water gardens are at the bottom of the hill.

This is a view of part of the hill.

Our third visit was to the Schell Garden outside of Lowville.  The Schells built their home in 2005 and have developed about two acres of their property into various gardens.

The backyard gardens are built into hills and wooded areas, and include many whimsical decorations and repurposed items.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Chase Lake

We took a walk all the way around Chase Lake, which is a little over 3 miles.

This is the inlet to the lake which connects to Upper Chase Lake.

In years past it was possible to drive around the lake, but the road has been replaced by this foot bridge, which is a lot easier to maintain.

Another view from the foot bridge.

Along the east side of the lake, someone had added this cute ceramic critter to a large knot in the tree.

Our camp is on the north end of the lake, and this is a view from the southern-most point of the lake. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Super Moon

A couple of friends and I went to Chase Lake to open the camp for the season, and we were presented with a super moon.

It was a beautiful sight, and it was even more remarkable that I was able to capture it with my little point & shoot camera.

The moon's reflection shines from the end of the dock.

We had left the canoe tied to the dock, and it was floating among the water lilies.


This is the view from the camp, looking down at the dock.

The water foliage on the way to the dock.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Barn treasures

We've started doing some sorting and cleaning out in the barns. 

We've uncovered some items that are "treasures" and others that are unknowns. 

We know that this is a wheel weight for a tractor, but we don't know for what kind of tractor. 

The grooved front has a number stamped on it that might be 1957.  The back of it is plain.

I remember putting this in the back of my Chevy Nova hatchback in the wintertime in the mid 70's to help provide some traction.  Did I mention that it's very, very heavy?

We uncovered this lawn mower and are trying to get the wheels turning again.

I don't remember what this was called, but it predates weed eaters. 

I remember my grandfather keeping the blade sharp, and he would swing it to whack weeds along the ditches.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Ornamental grasses

Wonderful friends and garden helpers, Monica and Karen, spent a lot of the July 4th holiday weekend with me in the gardens. 

We decided to tackle the ornamental grasses gardens, which were long overdue for a major cleanup.

Millie kept us company and scouted out all the work that still needed to be done.

With much of the weeding done in this area, you can see how the grasses have grown since the old canes were burned off in the spring.

Another section completed.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Shirley's quilts

A friend from high school has decided to sell these quilts made by her grandmother and great-grandmother.  We had fun checking them out and getting them ready for photographing.

These two lone star quilts were made in our area (Palmyra, NY) in the late 1930's or early 1940's.

The first quilt is 66 x 61 and has a cream background.  It was gently used.

The second lone star is 78 x 80 and has a white background.  It was unused.

This Drunkard's Path is 62 x 80.

And the Squares quilt is 71 x 76.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Time

We continue to enjoy the iris in the front yard which were a legacy of Pat and Lloyd Berardi when they moved to their new condo.  The plants expand and grow more bountiful each year.

Our water lily pond proudly shows flowers and wonderful pads of green.  The lillies are protected by lattice work and netting atop the pergola built to shelter them.

Aging rocks from a brook line the perimeter of the oval-shaped lily pond.  We like the effect of the lichen that spreads on the rocks each season.

Our feral cat, Millie, has taken to using a bench on the deck for her afternoon nap.  She will run away if anyone approaches, but continues to be more friendly -- at a distance.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Our two cats face off:  feral Millie on the left and Queen of the House Suki on the right.  Sometimes they howl and take turns in chase.  In this case, Suki is guarding the door against further invasion.

The painted turtle invasion continues.  Here another female buries some eggs.  We hope to see some babies in the future!

An "old?" snapping turtle has taken residence in one of our ponds.  Scarred and without a left front foot, we hope she has found a safe and comfortable house.

Suki has been enjoying her resting spot on the sewing table.  In the winter she has wool knitted squares in the base of  the basket.  In warm weather she prefers a layer of tissue paper to mediate the warmth!

It's tough being royalty!!