Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pride and Decency

"New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio has also pledged that the Big Apple will remain a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, despite Trump’s threats to deprive such municipalities of federal funding. Sanctuary cities limit their cooperation with federal efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants.
There has been a growing number of reported racist incidents ( click on it! It's just Day 2) since Trump’s election on Tuesday, including many cases of young people tormenting minority classmates and vandalizing their dedicated spaces.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promised people of color and the LGBTQ community threatened by the bigoted rhetoric of President-elect Donald Trump that the Empire State has their back.
“If anyone feels that they are under attack I want them to know that the State of New York ― the state that has the Statue of Liberty in its harbor ― is their refuge,” Cuomo wrote in an email to members of New York’s Democratic Party. “Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York.”
“We won’t allow a federal government that attacks immigrants to do so in our state,” he added. "

Then there's this... in Wellsville
Painted on a park wall,  Sadly, there are many pockets of indecency in these rural hills.  The area from Whitesville to Wellsville seems to be quite the hell-mouth. It's the expected consequences of entrusting the integrity of our democracy to a man who has none.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Disbelief , Abandoned, and Odd

    Buffy was not happy with the odd-headed stranger standing in her laundry room.

Barking hysterically

  This next place was originally the only one-room schoolhouse in the county constructed of stones.
We decided to take a drive to see if it was still there. I've got a book of photos of the early towns around here; it seems that so many things burned down in the 1920's or were torn down in the 1970's.
But we found the school---it's now a run down house in a tiny town half filled with  garbage strewn yards, abandoned houses,with the other half well maintained, small farms( miniature horses) and tidy homes. So really, not much different than any town up here.
Our next trip is to find a 1907 pet cemetery...

Front of the school. You can barely see the tops of the two window frames. and the edges in the bricks in the middle where the small, triangular roof( that had the schoolbell) was attached.

Just another abandoned farm. The barn behind it is in pretty good shape.
It's  sad to realize that someone was living here recently, that satellite dish is so out of place...

 Call me nuts, but this reminds me of a one-eyed zombie alpaca head.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Misc. and Partying on Long Island

           Bloomed during the first snow, all the roses have been dormant for weeks.

This is up the hill, the house sits empty now. It's one we stopped at for you to photograph a couple years ago, Sharon.

              Calmly watched the turkeys until someone said, " I hope they don't take your Dirty Sock!"
               She then went berserk.
                            Sharing a picnic breakfast

                                  Back yard

             My favorite. I hope they give me 20 grandkids someday. (And he danced!)

Early Nov Drive

The trees really do look like they're on fire. I don't understand why the road's
not covered in leaves, because ours sure is.

Not so sure we want to go into that dark area

                                             Haunted Bus

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mid October, Apple Picking, and Harriet Hollister Park

           Driveway, October 19

I have so many pictures of Rusty in this exact spot, it almost hurts to see it.

Five hours after blowing away most of the leaves.

See the old iron fencing in the middle? I really, really, want to go back, Didn't want to walk through it with the dog.

Road with the sweet apples. There's state land here, but it's turkey season so we were too worried about getting shot. I had to jump out of the car and grab the apples while he watched for nuts with guns.

Our house is in the left-middle, way way back there...I can see a white speck, that's the neighbor.
These tasted extra sweet, softer than ours, and smelled strongly of roses.

Harriet Hollister park

All the leaves in this spot were ghostly white

I think this park is used mainly for snowmobiles and cross country skiing, the trails were long and didn't circle back easily, so I was nervous about getting lost.

Ghosty ferns

October Beginnings

Did I ever show this to you, Mother? It reminds me of you.
Hello, from Sharon
I tried to get him to crawl inside this Yeti home, but this is all he'd do.

Actually, I think it's a Yeti duplex, one of the largest I've seen.

Cockscomb, determined to grow, just took all summer.

These past couple weeks of above average( like 10-20 degrees) weather have made things want to bloom again
Dried fish skin. It is NOT long lasting as advertised.