Sunday, November 23, 2014

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church


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Week Forty-Eight - 4 To Go

Author Sandford almost loses Virgil "F" Flowers among a myriad of characters. But despite that plus a weak storyline, this quick read does come together nicely in the end.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 Osage-Orange Road Trip

The skies were overcast but a storm is forecast for tomorrow so Joan and I decided to make our annual trek for osage-oranges. Approached the outskirts of Union Springs to find the barricade still in place around the Indian's gas station.

The Mill Pond on Rt. 90 was calm with a few Mallards and green-winged teal swimming near the far shore. A birder and his wife were scoping them out. The Factory Street pond was full of duck weed and several Mallards were gliding around.

Entering the village of Aurora we drove slowly up to the Morehouse residence. The area under the Osage Orange tree was teeming with the largest specimens we had ever seen.
Joan quickly get into  gathering mode.
The old tree seemed to have produced a bumper crop this year.
A thistle in the culvert caught my eye.
After filling 7 Wegmans' bags we continued on to Long Point State Park. At our usual spot we pulled over to gather some bittersweet. But a chocolate Lab's jumping on Joan and attempting to lick her forced us to cut our gathering short.

No waterfowl at Long Point State Park but did visit with Paul, a birder, who I recall having met at the refuge. Paul said that he was unable to locate the loons seen here yesterday in his scope.

Continuing on to Sherwood we pulled adjacent to our other favorite Osage-Orange tree and its farmhouse.
Appeared to be a hunter across the road to the west.
Driving home we went passed Hoopes Park. Joan saw the pine cones and suggested we pick some up.
The park was being used by a dog walker and a skateboarder
This adventure is always a pleasure.

Former adventures:         November 19, 2009

                                         November 14, 2010

                                         November 13, 2011

                                        November 21, 2013

St. Mary's Church

15 Clark Street
Auburn, New York

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Week Forty-Seven - 5 To Go

Improbable. Tough read to finish. Thanks to Fiorella not all the reading time was a total loss.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

First Presbyterian Church

Skaneateles NY
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Week Forty-Six - 6 To Go

Read during the 2014 World Series. Doris Kearns Goodwin retelling of 50’s baseball history helped to recall my fond memories of the Yankees and Dodger rivalry. While perhaps best read during the baseball season, this memoir resonates for all seasons.