Monday, August 27, 2012

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Restaurant row

Ruby Tuesday 2 is back, and our mission is to locate reds in any venue. Perhaps at an eatery if we wish...and on Main Street in Ansonia will be a new restaurant Koi - for a smallish town like ours (19,000), a Japanese restaurant may seem a bit exotic - so we are ready to visit at the earliest (after it open that is :)

This was once the well known and well visited Pilgrim BBQ - which was also red in looks (not just the sauce). I chose an older view of the old place during the 2010 Memorial Day parade. The owner retired, an d with a few empty storefronts on Main Street, who wouldn't be pleased that it lives on as a restaurant?

Follow ruby reds at the always fun RT2

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Vacations almost over

Toby hosts the delightful Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where portals are the destination. Today I offer a digital print from 2003.

We are at our vacation motel, the Hyannis Inn, right in the middle of touristy Main Street on Cape Cod. The motel pool is inside and under cover out of the direct sun. The kids loved to play in the pool there as we do not have one at home. I chose this view to post as the windows are not so whimsical - but daughter Allegra has that satisfied look that all is fun in the water

Ah, vacations...we took more of them until the kids went to college. So, staycations are the rule these days, alas...

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadows and breadsticks

The Marco Polo (MP) Restaurant in East Hartford CT is my theme for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Located on Burnside Avenue at the east end of an 'S' curve, this iconic landmark takes me back to my old hometown. Even though we now live an hour away, I haven't been here for decades.

I found an old washed out color print of me from 1977. Back then, I ate here more than any other restaurant in the Hartford area - the best warm breadsticks with kosher salt baked onto the underside (crying out for real butter - never could lose weight at the MP :)
I imagine that the pizza and Chicken Marsala has not changed...the original photo was printed on that 1970s textured paper and is not in great shape. So B&W and sepia edits still include the shadowy apéritif. Breadsticks anyone?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Parents feel that their children may still be kids even at their advanced ages of 23 and 21. They may grow, although our sentiments are still in the 1990's...see WW at Tina and w/Joy


Last year...and much bigger

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - My favorite color

Tina's Pic Story returns with a simple challenge: my favorite color. I must say it's Blue, something that I seem to use subconsciously from the clothing I purchase to some of the vehicles I have owned to the sea to the sky. So, a collage is in order - some of my favorite blues (including the blog administrator :) 

I am enjoying the theme this week!

Ruby Tuesday - Urban red

Ruby Tuesday 2 returns, and ruby red is our aim. Perhaps seasonal rubies like tomatoes may be in order. And I was at the Ansonia Farmer's Market at the parking lot/car park on West Main Street where plenty of ruby (tomatoes and beets) and green (kale and bok choy) were presented.

But what caught my eye was the back side of 200 Main Street, once the Great Country Bank and later Rifkin Travel building in a fine red painted brick - so that is ruby one. The other red sits on the roof of the same building - giant US flag sitting up high. Naturally, the stripes a ruby too. The theme is mow set!
For the record, I purchased a large and delicious green heirloom zucchini...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Post Industrial

Toby's hosts the informative Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors in which we look for architectural portals and other details. Today I am in our domicile of Ansonia Connecticut, and down the steep hill (9° slope) to nearer the river and just past the commuter train track to the old Farrel Company. The buildings date back to the 1800s and despite the shabby presence yet are still impressive, Built at a time where solid construction led to a permanence we still see. We can almost imagine the large number of workers passing by during a shift change...local history is always fascinating

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Old industrial

An old world exists just north of the Ansonia CT train platform - I once noticed shadows and drove down the end of West Main Street to look for subjects for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. Past the Maple Street overpass are two old structures of once bustling Farrel Machinery plant. It seems lost in time and shadow...a black-and-white edit seems appropriate for this, we are lost in place that feels like 1920 or so.

The complex sits next to the sole track on the commuter railroad's Waterbury-Bridgeport line. Here is a grade crossing, once a train stop for the factory. The sign seems quite explicit: stop, look and listen. A very large truck is no match for a much heavier and faster moving diesel locomotive, much less my minivan...

This looks of a day long past with hundreds of workers per shift, building rubber and mixing machinery for export. Shadows are interspersed with the weeds...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - SOOC

Tina's Pic Story is back as we search for and search to meet the weekly theme supplied by her - sooc (straight out of the camera). Today, my unedited pick is these windows that appear to be floating in outer space... this previously seen view is inside the State Senate chamber at the Connecticut state capitol in Hartford. This was totally unplanned, merely an attempt to take a picture with a cheap point-and-shoot camera in less than ideal lighting conditions. The leaded windows from 1879 seem to 'float' away like a child's balloon at a parade...unedited fun!

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Thin crust, hold the rubble

A canopy remains intact minus the restaurant. Photo by Patti 

Ruby Tuesday 2 is back amidst of destruction...the building that housed the Derby CT pizzeria Italian Pavilion (IP) is no more...yet the not very strong canopy still stands. It seems odd that the massive wrecking equipment to meant demolish walls of concrete could not deny the ruby fabric a reason to stand. Not to worry, the IP moved about 300 ft (91M) down the road to a bigger and better eatery. With a new canopy too, crisis averted...

(as of yesterday the old building is still a pile of rubble, the ruby awning standing still...)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Profiles in driving

I-376 Fort Pitt Bridge, Pittsburgh PA,1999
Cross Parkway, Route 15, Wallingford CT, more recently...
Toby graciously hosts the fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for windows of seriousness, or fun. I choose the latter :)

Patti has the camera on road trips when I am driving. On occasion, the driver's profile may appear when least the driver least expects it...however, these window views offer an eclectic view of the driver's chin from way back then to now...thanks to Toby for the meme and Patti for the flattering profiles...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday - Circles

Original wheel
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 arrives at today's 6:00 opening opening of a new exhibit at our local and favorite Gallery @ 37 in Derby, the Celebration of the Circle which showcases our favorite concentric shape...

I do not consider myself an artist, but the very circular 1936 Dodge tire and wheel assembly that I posted recently on SSS2 seemed the perfect subject for this show. Plenty of circles here: tire, whitewall, trim ring, rim and hubcap. So I looked at a few edits to consider my framed exhibit...

Inverted color

Gimp, a balky but free photo editor for Mac, was used. I finally settled on the retro look of sepia, and framed it...I call this Dependable Dodge as that is how Chrysler referred to this brand in the early-mid '60s (you are right, I am old enough enough to remember :)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Tina's Pic Story - H

Hedge in front of our Home, Ansonia CT, early spring
Tina's Pic Story is back for the week, and we are happy to participate. She thoughtfully provides the weekly theme that we provide the photos for. This week, it is the letter H, and I have visited the photo archives for examples of that letter which includes Hedge, High Tide and Hounds...I hope this works!
High tide     Big sister Michele, Atlantic Ocean, 1961
Hounds, Maggie and Tasha, East Hartford, CT 1980

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Ripe and ready

Ruby Tuesday 2 arrives a day after a visit to the Ansonia Farmer's Market, where the local tomatoes are vine ripened rubies. Fresh, I sliced them as thins as our cheap sharpened knives could allow - our homegrown ones are not quite ready. So the idea was to stack the fruit along with other items to make supper with...

All photos by Allegra
The final choice was to make each stack from bottom to top as follows: mozzarella, tomato, capicola ham, basil leaves, tomato, mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. With Allegra's help, we placed two stacks into each hard roll and made panini sandwiches in a pan with unopened tomato cans to weigh them down. A satisfying dinner with plenty of ruby as a side dish...See more world-wide rubies at RT2!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Whimsical Windows - Union Church

Toby hosts the fun and informative meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for portals and other architectural goodies. The subject today is the Union Church in the village of Rockville Connecticut, about 20 miles east of Hartford.

The church website notes a very interesting history. It was organized in 1888 as a union of two churches, both of which burned down four days apart that year and joined together into a new house of worship....architect Warren Hayes designed it, and the cornerstone was placed in June 1889, and the church was dedicated in September 1890, from. It is an example of Richardson Romanesque architecture, and constructed of gray Monson granite from nearby western Massachusetts

Lots of history is close to most of us if we pay attention - so this is a perfect place to showcase them