Monday, July 29, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Hunt Club

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. We look at interesting buildings and details for inspiration. On Saturday, Patti and I attended a great fundraising event, the CT (bike) Challenge. Over 1000 bicyclists rode courses from 10 to 180 miles (16-290 km) to raise funds for cancer survivor programs - Patti is involved with a training and conditioning aftercare herself. The event was held at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport CT, and it is a tony place as typified by their 1924 clubhouse - with a hint of elegance. What is not seen here is the huge swath of green that is the place of the show jumping events...slightly out of reach for us :) Tally ho!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - New name, old truck

I missed the fun Ruby Tuesday last week, and lo and behold, I am back and noted he name change too. The theme requirements of a lot or a little red remains as before, and I have reds and quite a bit...this is probably one of the nicest and (mostly) original trucks around, a 1951 Chevrolet 3100. GM referred to this as its Advance Design series. Not only is the vehicle red, it sits in front of the ruby barn at the Shelton (CT) History Center. And ruby stripes on the flag on the Ford nest door. Classics all in design, utility and new blog name...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Wedding at the Carousel

Toby most graciously hosts the architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. On 3 July, we attended a beach wedding and reception at the carousel building at the New Haven (CT) Lighthouse Point Park. Our friends and neighbor's middle son Jason was the groom, the lovely Jade his bride. The still operating carousel horses and camels have been lovingly restored and although devoid of modern A/C, the tall ceiling and opening windows and facing the Sound allowed for a remarkably cool venue. The always lovely Patti took the pics with her very nice Lumix point-and-shoot. A lovely couple and lots of windows...

Friday, July 19, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Sixties shoreline sibling shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and as no out-of-state vacations/holidays are planned this year, I refer back five decades ago (alas, I am that old :) to the year 1961 and shoreline shadows on the beach of the sandy Atlantic barrier island, Brigantine New Jersey. Then, it was a family of five children at the time and the four rows of the Sea Gull Cottages was where we stayed. Shadows abound as Grandpa liked to take pictures - and on these sunny days, with shadows falling into the briny surf at low tide. And the briny salt air - as much a treat now as it was way back then...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Train Platform

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors. Earlier this afternoon, I drove our son to the train platform in Milford Connecticut. In the interest of speed, I kindly asked the lovely Patti if she could capture the 'station' and she kindly agreed. Taken from the north platform (southbound train toward NYC), the opposite platform was captured. There is no station as such these days with e-tickets the norm...happily the early 1900s (?) building is still being used, and seems just right in B&W. All aboard!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Water Views

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, and we look at the shadowy world from many angles. And if I am the designated driver, the lovely Patti is the designated photo taker (cannot be too safe :)

Here is on the way to the wedding we attended last week by the water. This view by the seawall in the Morris Cove section of New Haven and it is on the road along the sea wall. Those who live nearby have spectacular and shadowy views of the harbor while keeping my eyes on the road. Thanks m'lady!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Ruby Tuesday 2 - Celebratory Cake

Ruby Tuesday 2 returns as do I after a short hiatus. We look for ruby reds whenever and wherever we can spot them...At the 25th annual meeting of my favorite non-profit Center for Disability Rights, aka: CDR. I have been a board member, employee and these days a contractor for them. Twenty-five years is quite a milestone for this, or any, non-profit, and I have been helped by them in a number of ways so we celebrated in style...the cakes were donated by a baker - however, instead of the half-sheet cakes, these were full-sheet. Way more cake for the 95-100 who attended the dinner, so doggie bags were available for all, a sweet favor to remember the event :). Patti (who wrote a newspaper story) stood on a chair to capture this sweet and stylish scene with a ruby or two for the desert course...

Whimsical Windows - Car Park View

Toby hosts the architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and we look at interesting items from all over. Today, I am in our small city of Ansonia CT in a newly paved parking lot/car park across from many an old building lining the west side of Main Street. I don't know exactly when each/all were built, although the from the 1890s onward. At least some of the storefronts are filled with restaurants and retailers. Nondescript, it is a normal slice of life in our burg...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Seaside subtle shadowy celebration

The return of Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is here for the week. Patti and I went to a wedding on Wednesday at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven - the reception is in the carousel house at the city owned beach, and it was a very nice affair with the ceremony for the very attractive couple held on the sunny and sandy beach. Naturally, the many offered many a shadow opportunity, especially outside the 1916 building. These views include the Southwest Ledge Light at the entrance of New Haven Harbor - the cylindrical light was built in 1877 and is constructed of cast iron and shadow. The other views are of Long Island Sound water and a carnival going on in this urban oasis. Along with a fun and tasty reception and fireworks over the opposite West Haven shore. Celebrations and shadows - could anyone ask for more?