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In years past it was possible to drive around the lake, but the road has been replaced by this foot bridge, which is a lot easier to maintain.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

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Garden flowers

Clethora or "Summer Sweet" forms a nice hedge along the southern edge of the tea garden.  Stone islands and an oval stone path contribute to this location.  Maybe a Japanese tea house will be added someday to complete this garden.

A nice clematis, several years old, is making its yearly appearance.  It is situated on one of the corners of the horse barn.

A mini white geranium is in full bloom.
Somewhat misplaced in our perennial garden, we still enjoy this abundant display.

This blue clematis and the white one below are on either end of a pergola situated in the path leading to several of our gardens.

We enjoy all our flowers very much.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Garden helpers

We no longer attempt to take care of all our gardens without help.  Our friends, Monica and Karen, were on hand again to help with the weeding in the perennial gardens.

By afternoon the gals were still doing the tedious hand weeding.  We added mulch in all the beds, which makes them look great and hopefully will discourage some of the weeds.

You can see Monica's dog, Trevor, behind Karen.

Our friend Bill tackles the vegetable garden with the large, powerful Troy-built "horse" tiller. 
The peppers, tomatoes, onions, summer and winter squash, spinach, string beans, and basil are all doing well.

We weren't sure what this plant was.  The three-leafed end of the stem worried us as a possible "itchy" invader.  The development of flowers relieved our anxiety as the astilbe revealed its identity!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Peeps Meeting

The Peeps (Art Quilt People) group gathered for their regular monthly meeting.

Suki was quick to join the group and was happy to have Priscilla's attention during the meeting.

Mary showed us the piece she made for her Modern Quilt group and also shared the technique she uses for facing.


Jeanne made this lovely small purse that she'll have as a project at her next retreat.

And this is one of the smaller framed pieces that Linda has been working on.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sewing Day

Priscilla came for a visit and some sewing time -- something we haven't had much of a chance to do since she moved to the Southern Tier.

She made a start on a new quilt, featuring some great needlepoint canvas pieces of tigers.

These are a couple of her wonderful saris from India that haven't been assigned to a project yet.

Beth recently returned from her winter home in NC and came to visit us.  She had her new camera lens with her, but didn't spot any wildlife in our pasture.

Beth made good progress on a new jacket that she modeled for us.  The jacket on the chair is one she made over the winter and wore on her trip to New Zealand.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Barn Updates

Our two large barns on the property are showing their age.  One was built in the late 1960's, and the newer one, in the early 1970's.  We have decided to fix up and clean up.

Here, carpenter Paul is moving an old sprayer headed for the scrap pile.

The east side of the horse barn was in need of much work.  A support post needed replacement and cross pieces above the door were split and needed new wood.

The south side pasture stall doors all needed major work.  Paul replaced the lower panels and siding.  Two more larger stall doors wait their turn.

Each of the four roof corners needed replacement as did the areas above the stalls.  As with all repair jobs, we kept finding more for Paul to do!!