Monday, October 28, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Cape Cod Cone Confectionary

Four Seas, Centerville MA
Ruby Tuesday Too is back with the simple proviso: a little or a lot of red - I am choosing the former today. Neon red usually jumps at us at night and we notice. On an overcast day near the seacoast, it is not always so noticeable. Here a crop, there a crop...then the ruby is easier to spot. The place is the Four Seas in Centerville Massachusetts. No frills, but as good ice cream we had on Cape Cod. With a dash of retro ruby neon to enjoy along with the frozen treats :)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Second Congregational

Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is a fun architectural meme hosted by Toby - and of course, congratulations foe reaching the century milestone. One-hundred posts is an accomplishment, and architecture on both sides of the Atlantic pond is equally prolific, so the second hundred posts is not in doubt :)

For my contribution, I am inside the Second Congregational Church in nearby Derby Connecticut. built in 1845, on its exterior it fits the impression of the small town white clapboard church sitting near the town green. Inside it mostly follows theme of a 19th century church, including the leaded stained glass windows. The only difference between then and now is that the dour Puritans that built this would never allow colorful banners to fly inside. The Puritans never had fun it seems...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - New used car

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 arrives in a week where the family has a new addition...not what you might think though.It is really Allegra's new used car, a '99 Chevrolet Malibu sitting in the long autumnal shadows falling upon the Ansonia Uplands.

This shadowy beige conveyance replaces her 1996 Plymouth Neon that graced SSS2 and other posts. The absolutely nicest first generation Neon anywhere, it was totaled by an errant driver's left turn. Happily nobody was hurt and the other driver was at fault. The only casualty, alas, the shiny ruby Neon...
Nevertheless, the Malibu leaves excellent shadows under the more southerly sun. Owned and carefully driven by an older gentleman, it has only 74.000 miles (119,000 km) so it has a long and shadowy life - we hope without other drivers' faulty left turns...

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - A hint o'ruby

Autumn this year is not so red - yet. Osbornedale State Park in Derby, CT
Ruby Tuesday Too returns in this autumnal season. Although the peak foliage in Northern New England is nigh, we being closer to Long Island Sound means that there is a patchwork puzzle of color still in the trees. For us, some trees like the mulberry in our front yard is mostly leafless now, while summery greens are all over the place. So a hint of red leaves is in my entry, the ruby does stand out very boldly far more than its mere size might indicate. RT and nature combine well in this season of change...

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Downtown Seymour in Pink

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors where we look for portals of interest. Today I am featuring two views that Patti snapped during this past week in our north neighbor, the small (13,000) town of Seymour CT on the annual Seymour Pink Day. Turning the small stylish downtown awash in pink in honor of the month of October and breast cancer awareness - a whimsical pursuit indeed:)

See Patti's New Haven Register blog post for an interesting writeup and more pics of the day...

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Autumn along the walk

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns this week as I return to last week and the 5K for the Center for Cancer Care. As I wheeled around the short course, the always extraordinary survivor Patti captured these as she walked the entire course. These scenes include the participants and the colors of early autumn in southern Connecticut beyond the change of color - the long southern sun leaves long shadows. To the left is in on Westfield Avenue in Ansonia in the early stages. To the right is nearer the end of the course along Coon Hollow Road in Derby - a long hill that was the bane of the runners, but with autumnal pastels and shadows too. Shadows add a bit more style to any seasonal view...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ruby Tuesday - Ruby leaves falling up

Leaves falling up. Captured by Patti
An uphill climb. By Patti

Ruby Tuesday Too returns in this autumnal season. Of course we think of red leaves falling from the trees down - not falling up as these leaves on the ivy are going uphill on this maple tree at the bottom of our back yard. An illusion or is gravity being defied here?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Whimsical Windows - The soothing views

Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors returns and although we often look at portals from the inside, today I look from the inside out. Here is looking outside from the lobby of the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby CT. We visited the center yesterday after the 5th Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit the center where Patti hosted a walking team.

This view is what the patient receiving chemo sees a view of a waterfall and plantings from the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows in the treatment wing to the right. When Patti received her chemo treatments in 2011, not only was the staff most caring...perhaps soothing views like this helped the healing process as she is cancer free these days :)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Scenes from the Griffin 5K

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 has returned and as we have returned from this morning's 5th Annual 5K Walk/Run to benefit The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. As the cancer survivor, Patti was able to recruit a team so we to participate in this day, a sea of pink (even the dog :) all about. I wheeled around the 'short' part of the course, so spent the time awaiting the rest of the team while capturing a few shadows in the meantime…My sister Sue (second row, middle) and the lovely survivor Patti and great friend Judy (lower right) return to the finish line. And the smiles are genuine on this beautiful morn.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Ancient, modern and current

Toby hosts the fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors in which we look for portals and other architectural tidbits of interest. Yesterday, our small city of 19000, Ansonia, had its yearly street fest harvest Festival where vendors of all types, including food, were all over. Along main Street in the municipal parking lot, the bounce house and other children friendly diversions. Of interest is the variety of buildings: at the top, is some industrial building from 1905 now used as a warehouse and the 1970s office building on the left. Neither building is really unique, but show the passing time. The amorphous shaped bounce house offers no artistry, as the four year old does not yet yet appreciate architecture yet...

Friday, October 4, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Savin Rock, near and far

Savin Rock up close, 22 September
Savin Rock, more distant in the early Spring - the lovely Patti in shadow
Shadow Shot Sunday returns as I look at nearby Savin Rock in West haven Connecticut. Set on the shoreline of New Haven Harbor. Looking up close at said rock, it seems huge, almost as if it is part of an outcropping set in a rocky canyon, a small part of a rocky ridge. Up close, that is...from a distance, it looks as if it were more of an anthill...

It is merely a matter of perspective. However, standing atop it on a clear day, one can see across Long Island Sound and Long Island NY, 12 miles (19 km) distant. The colonial army kept a sentry on it to see any advancing warships of the Royal Navy as they approached (and actually landed in 1779) during the American Revolution. So whether big or small in perspective, it is an impressive rock...