"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

November 13, 2017

Facebook Photo Challenge

Facebook has been full of black and white photos...part of a photo challenge. The instructions given to me were: Seven days, seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. 

I was also suppose to tag someone each day to invite them to join, but I decided most of my friends probably wouldn't take part, so I just posted my pictures. I followed the rules other wise and posted my photos without an explanation...although it was a little difficult not to add a caption.
My fellow blogging friend from The Cynical Sailer and his Salty Sidekick was the one that challenged me and then she posted a blog entry with the explanations she wanted to include in her Black & White Photo Challenge posts. I thought it was a wonderful idea...so here are the captions I wanted to add to my photos.

Day 1 - The Blue Crab has been a tourist and local favorite in Rockport since the late 50s. In 2011 an artist constructed the latest version that sat next to Little Bay until Hurricane Harvey blew it away. Now another artist has painted a large crab to take its place until a permanent one can be constructed...reminding everyone that Rockport will recover. 
Day 2 - The blue herons have returned to the posts by Texas Pearl...I love to watch them and I worried a lot about them and the other birds during the storm. They're one of my favorite birds to photograph.  
Day 3 - This is Little Harbor in the Abacos...can you spot The Pearl? It's a small remote place and it was one of our favorite places, surrounded by beautiful clear water and secluded beaches. We look forward to returning here one day. 
Day 4 - Sandpipers are another fun shore bird to photograph. They scurry along the edge of the surf, darting just out of reach of the waves.  
Day 5 - Blog readers know I love beach combing...lobster buoys were my treasure of choice in Maine and now they decorate the fence at our home in Texas.  
Day 6 - Our pool looks more like a pond than a place of beauty and relaxation these days, but the wild animals love to visit and I enjoy watching them. 
Day 7 - We don't see a lot of white pelicans in this area, but this flock seem to love the beach next to the causeway leading into Rockport. 
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September 29, 2017

Sept. 23 - Forks Farm Market

Orangeville, PA

“Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.” —Pearl S. Buck
Regular blog readers know we love farmers markets...it's our favorite way to spend a Saturday morning. We've visited large and small markets all over the country and I know I've said we've found our favorite in the past, but I think we've found another favorite. The market we visited with our son and his family in Pennsylvania is a true farmers market...it was located on local farm. Forks Farm hosts a farmers market about twice a month with the local farmers in the area. 

The setting is amazing...it takes place on the shady road that leads to their home. The old barns and farm buildings houses some of the venders, entertainment and farm animals the children love to pet. They also have a food truck that offers wonderful choices for lunch and you're welcomed walk along the creek and enjoy a picnic lunch. Some days they offer wagon rides in their pastures. We purchased New York strips steaks, heirloom carrots, lima beans, tomatoes, apples, cheese and fresh butter. These ingredients along with the fresh herbs from Kyle’s garden made for a marvelous dinner.
Just a few of the beautiful offerings at the market 
It's apple season in upstate New York and Pennsylvania...and they are amazingly good
Graham really enjoyed this Honey Crisp apple
Wonderful entertainment to listen to while you shop or just relax and take in the activities at the market.
I love all the colors and photo ops a farmers market provides.
Cora and Graham really enjoyed petting the animals at the farm
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September 27, 2017

Anchored Strong

I saw this poem on a fellow blogger's Facebook page the other day...it's from a Hallmark card and seems prefect to share considering what so many of us have been through this fall. Things may be broken and out of place and lives disrupted, but we all stand strong with foundations that are deeper than the destruction on the surface. It's a time for reflection on what really matters in our life and be thankful for the family and friends we have. 

"A house stood near the salty shore
as storm winds whipped against its door.
The tide rolled in and clouds turned gray.
It tried to wash the house away.

The ocean roared with all it could,
the waves crashed down, but House still stood.

Then Storm let up, flopped on the sand,
and said, "Hey, House, how can you stand?"

The house said, "Storm, that's all you got? You know, I'm built to take a lot.
You've drenched and soaked me through and through, and ripped my roof and shutters, too.

You've chipped my paint and cracked each pane, but I can take a little rain.
See, I am anchored in the ground,
that's where my strong foundation's found. 

And from inside, my light shines bright, no matter if it's day or night.
Yes, even after all you've done,
You, Storm, have passed. 

Here comes the sun."

These two pictures were taken by John Martell, a professional photographer in Rockport. This picture was take the morning Hurricane Harvey come ashore
and this picture was taken about a week later...no matter how bad the storm...the sun and the sea look the same once it passes.
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September 24, 2017

Sept. 21 – The Pearl is Hibernating

Beacon Bay Marina

“It’s during the worst storms of your life that you find out who your true friends are.” –Unknown
We knew the cruising season was short up this way, but it got even shorter thanks to Hurricane Harvey. We lost half of August, all of September and the first weeks of October this year…a good seven or eight weeks of time we had planned to explore the Adirondack, fish for salmon, enjoy fall festivals and the changing of the leaves and especially spend more time with family. All those things can wait and we’ll definitely be spending more time in New York in the coming years.

Tuesday Stan moved the boat up the lake to Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga and I drove the car, we spent the afternoon packing and loading up the car with things we take home. We’re getting pretty efficient at this job. We spent Wednesday winterizing the boat…this is the first time we’ve left the boat this far north, but we think she’s ready. We’ve done everything we can do and in a few weeks the yard will shrink wrap her and she’ll be ready to sleep through the long, cold New York winter. We’re already looking forward to next spring.

Leaving our slip in Ithaca...we will return.
Stopping for a pump out before we leave the marina
Stan leaving Allan H. Treman State Marine Park
Arriving at Beacon Bay Marina
Beacon Bay Marina
Inside storage at Beacon Bay
Our last night on The Pearl 
The Pearl being hauled out for the season 
Having her bottom cleaned before we put her to bed
Being parked in her winter home
On the hard for the season.
The Pearl and Enterprise...at least she'll have company during the winter. This boat belongs to friends we met at the marina in Ithaca.
Wrapped and ready for the winter.
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