Photo Challenge – Ceiling

The 2017 One-a-Week Photo Challenge is sponsored by Cathy from Nanacathydotcom and Sandra from Wild Daffodil.

The new challenge begins with the prompt: CEILING.

One of our favorite haunts is the Eastman Theatre, home of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the host for many other events. And in the theatre, one of our favorite spots is the lobby, where hanging from the CEILING is this breathtaking sculpture. This piece was created by the American glass artist, Dale Chiluly.

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My iphone photo does not do justice, but the following link has some outstanding photos. Enjoy scrolling through the other photos of this wondrous place; the Chiluly shots are at the end. I zoomed in on one of them for my feature photo.

http://www.rochester.edu/giving/gec/gallery/the-eastman-theatre

 

 

 

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Photo Challenge – Path

This week’s photo challenge prompt is PATH. I’ve long fancied a path in my backyard leading to a garden, or perhaps a deck.

The home we bought two years ago has a path in the tiny backyard – quite possibly the most useless path ever built. It begins in the middle of the yard about 30 feet from the house, is about 4 feet long, and leads to a diamond, ending about 6 feet from the back fence. It looks rather like an arrow pointing to nowhere! Perhaps the former owner envisioned a shady secret garden effect…cropped IMG_6729

After letting the garden “be itself” last summer our plan is now to uproot the most of the unruly vegetation, carry the path to a new raised flower or vegetable bed at the fence, fill in the sparse lawn, and reuse the patio pavers to build a small deck at the back door.

A much nicer path is shown in the feature image, taken during a lovely stroll along the Brecon Canal.

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Photo Challenge – Secret

This week’s Photo Challenge topic is SECRET. How juicy! What shall I reveal? What can I reveal? Why, nothing, of course, or it’s no longer a secret. I do have a cute little SECRET story , though.

My parents divorced when I was just a baby. They each remarried and had new families. I was fortunate to have parents and step parents who were civil, treated each other well, and never spoke ill of any of the other extended family.

I remember the time when my stepmother, a tiny, beautiful, feisty Latin woman came to our home to share one of her favorite Mexican dishes with my tiny, beautiful, reserved Welsh mother. This was her SECRET recipe for Chile Rellenos. My mother typed the recipe and placed it not in her main recipe box, but in a SECRET location. More than once I inquired about the recipe, and was denied, even after both my dad and stepmom had passed away. Any SECRET is safe with my mother!

As mama prepared to move in with us, I copied some of her recipes for her and happened upon the SECRET Chile Rellenos recipe! I’ve yet to make it, but do plan to very soon.

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The old recipe card is rather the worse for wear, but I think Sally would be very pleased to know we are still enjoying her dish, and that her SECRET was never divulged.

 

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Photo Challenge – Outline

The topic of this week’s photo challenge is OUTLINE. As the week progressed, I had no visual example of OUTLINE. My daughters and I were meeting in New York City on Wednesday for wedding dress shopping, and I hoped to find inspiration there.

The last day of our visit, my OUTLINE emerged. We visited the World Trade Center Memorial, admiring first one sculpture, then another. The pool memorials are particularly striking, with each bearing the names of the victims around the edges. The information is presented in two forms; the dates are raised letters, and the names are depressed, leaving behind the OUTLINE of each letter.

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It was an emotional visit to the memorial site, and how fortuitous to find my OUTLINE there!

Thanks to the lovely ladies who created this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

 

 

 

Photo Challenge – Zero

The topic of this week’s challenge is Zero. Challenging indeed. I studied the skies for a shot of zero clouds, or zero visibility. I checked the weather report for zero degrees. I searched for zero in the world around me. Eventually I discovered the zero, right in my own fridge.

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Thanks to the lovely ladies who created this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Photo Challenge – Stitch

This week’s topic is Stitch. The photo is a nod to all my knitting friends out there. In a previous post, I shared a picture of my mother’s old knitting bag. I find it extraordinarily beautiful, and it brings back such comforting memories. My mother is living with us now, and has brought that old bag back to life, as she is beginning to knit again. While examining the long tucked away contents, she discovered this dandy little item. A stitch counter!

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Thanks to the lovely ladies who created this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

 

Photo Challenge – Winter

Joining in with the Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s topic is winter.

Western/upstate New York has had a very mild winter so far, and fortunately was spared from the massive storm that pelted the U.S. eastern coast just a few days ago. Even without effects of the big storm, we do have a bit of winter wonderland. I do love our stately old birch in her winter colors!

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Linking up with Wild Daffodils weekly photo challenge!

Photo Challenge – Vintage

I’m joining in with a Photo Challenge! This is Week 3, and the subject is Vintage. My old (1910) home provides vintage aplenty for the gathering. One of the things I love most is the wonky old radiator heat system, which starts up at 5:30 each morning. It roars, rumbles, clanks and clatters as the steam winds its way through each radiator, making it a most trusted alarm clock.

This radiator in the dining room is one of the best. I believe it started out white, or ivory, but it wears its age (rust, chips, spatters) well, wouldn’t you agree?

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Linking up with Wild Daffodils weekly photo challenge!