Beautiful Sunset

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Photo Courtesy of my neighbor, Liane

This year we have seen some of the most amazing skies.  Never have I been so in awe of the beauty above us.  This picture was taken on our local thruway over Tonawanda, NY.  The colors were spectacular!!

The Erie Canal

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My nephew who is in the Army and stationed 4 hours from us came home for the long weekend.  Today we took him and his girlfriend for a cruise down the Erie Canal.  Click on the Erie Canal and you can read all about how important this canal was in our history!!

We headed out in beautiful sunshine

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We passed under the Niagara Falls bridge

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We came by the Island Street Boatyard Lighthouse (click to read about it)

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We came upon the old train bridge built around 1892

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We had all our ducks in a row at this point

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We passed by the old Wardell’s Boatyard, Bait shop and Gasoline pump

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We continued on under a train bridge still in use today

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We stopped for a quick lunch at the Dockside Grill

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And back into the boat with the skies clouding up

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And we zoomed off to beat the storm home

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But the storm was not to be..it clouded over…sprinkled 100 drops of rain.. and the sun snuck back out

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And the rest of the ride home was beautiful!!

Winter Predictions?

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This was a storm we had in March 2014

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Snow Ponies have a stretch of their legs while I cleaned their stalls March 2014

Our local newspaper ran an article tonight about the Polar Vortex happening in our area in September. See it here.   This past winter that was the phrase of the season “polar vortex”. 

While I understand some think a few feet of snow all winter long is something that should not happen, this is Buffalo, NY people.  As a child growing up the snow started in early November and lasted straight through to the end of March.  For the last 15 years we have been blessed with little shots of snow here and there and not all winter season.  As a child I had to literally trudge through snow to my barn to feed my horse and sometimes it was up to my waist.  It was winter and that was expected.  School was closed many times, work was canceled for my parents and even our bridges had to be shut down temporarily to allow salting trucks to back up them salting as they went so they could get up to the top.  This has only happened once since in the last 15 years.  This was winter not a “polar vortex” back then.

So am I worried about the upcoming polar vortex and snowy winter?  Heck no!!  We prepare and have wonderful fires in the woodburner heating the house if the power goes out.  We will burn around 10 to 15 cord.  We have a stocked freezer with meats we purchased from the butcher and all of our yummy canned and frozen veggies/fruits, stock for soups, and homemade breads and pies.  I will stock up on flour and we have a pasta maker so we have plenty of pasta anytime we need to make a batch.  And we stock our barn for the animals with great quality nutritious hay (see our first load here) and grain/corn to help our chickens keep producing the eggs.  We will stock up on gasoline for the snowmobiles and 4 wheelers and have the tractor ready to pile the snow and make a small sledding hill for the kids.  Our pond will freeze and we will plow it and have the lights on and a fire in the barrel so we can ice skate with our friends.

What do I say to Old Man Winter (and the looming polar vortex)……bring it baby!!  (But not for at least another month please) 🙂

Is it summer???

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Well this weekend was a bust with weather.  Last weekend was also.  Rain, cloudy, extreme heat and tonight it’s 57 degrees and freezing!!!  The high temperatures for the next week are only in the mid 70’s so the pool is cooling down quickly.  I will not complain though as my gardens are all in bloom and I am not having to spend a good amount of time watering.

I picked this wild flower from the woods a few years ago and every year it blooms and is so beautiful.  I have no idea what it is.

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No matter which way you look at my wildflower garden, it is a pretty sight!!

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Beauty

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It’s majestic reflecting on the water with the pink hue.  This was the sunset from the boat tonight over Canada.  It was 87 degrees and humid.  Perfect night for a sunset swim and ride. 

Here is the progression of the sunset

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Nature’s Beauty

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Photo’s courtesy of my friend, Tom Nemeth, from his neighborhood on the Island.  I could not get a clear shot with the woods behind our house.  Was so glad he was able to capture the beauty!!

Seriously, I have never seen such beautiful skies in all my 48 years as I have this year.  Tonight the skies were a spectacular sight.  On one side of the Island towards Buffalo, NY they had blue skies.  On the other side towards Niagara Falls, NY there was an extreme downpour of rain, (enough to cancel the college baseball doubleheader game my mother was at).  However due to the extreme differences on either side of the Island, the skies overhead during the sunset gave us the pleasure of one of the most beautiful scenes ever.

Clouds, Canada and Niagara Falls

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I have a friend in town who currently resides in Florida (he grew up on the Island) and he is visiting Niagara Falls today.  He took this stunning photo of the beautiful sky, mist and the falls from the American side.  Growing up 15 minutes away from this location, each time you visit Niagara Falls the beauty is still awe inspiring!!

 

Storm Clouds Tonight

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Our house is located directly across from a very old abandoned radio station.  Tonight the storm clouds above it were amazing!!  The storm is blowing over with very little rain but some beautiful lightning.  The clouds were thick and heavy.  It was a catching sight to see!