Thursday, May 6, 2021

And Tulips!

 

Tulips are also usually gone before I arrive back in Connecticut.  This year I am still seeing many colorful stands of tulips.  This plot is in front of Milillo Farms, a small shop behind Main Street in Ridgefield.  It sells fresh produce and groceries, everything from steaks, seafood and prepared foods to freshly baked pies, cookies, breads, fruits and vegetables.  In season many of their products are locally sourced.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

I'm Back


 I usually don't get back to New England while the daffodils are still in bloom.

They are nearing the end of their bloom, but it was still a treat for me to see them.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Roanoke

 I stayed in Roanoke on the way back to Connecticut, as I did on the way south last October.

The Hotel Roanoke and Convention Center is a beautiful, classic hotel in downtown Roanoke, high on a hill across the tracks from the railroad station and the downtown.

The hotel connects with the downtown through a glass and steel elevated passageway across the tracks .

On the other side is the Taubman Museum of Art.  It closes at 5.  I arrived at 5:15.


City Market is a nice older brick building leading to a neighborhood of restaurants, bars and shops.  It reminds me of a smaller, less touristy and less busy version of Boston's Quincy Marketplace.

A brick wall in the City Market area welcomes visitors with a simulated old-fashioned advertising sign.

Between City Market and the railroad station there were throngs of well-dressed young people who looked like they were coming from a graduation or going to a prom, or both.

In an upper level of the railroad station, there is a big round 2010 sculpture by Edwin White.  Beneath the Roundhouse emulates the roundhouses that turned trains around.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Savannah

 On my way back to Connecticut, I stopped in Savannah the first night.

On past trips between New England and Florida, I often stopped for dinner at Six Pence Pub, but this time it was mobbed and masks were rare.  I have been vaccinated, but still prefer not to push my luck.


James Oglethorpe, founder of Georgia, stands in Chippewa Square.


There are charming houses on every block of the historic district.


It was date night.


Savannah College Art and Design is everywhere around the city, and the students provide a welcome vibe.  I am happy to report that art students love ice cream as much as ever.  The line was a block long.


The house that came into prominence with the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a very popular venue for parties attended by well-dressed and well-heeled guests. 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Lords of the Forest

 

This 2007 sculpture of three children by Jane Dedecker has a featured spot in a Bonita Springs park.


Saturday, May 1, 2021

Killing Time


 I had 45 minutes to kill between errands.  Found a good spot for it, don't you think?

Bonita Springs, Florida, on Old Route 41.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Why did the ducks cross the road?


 And how did a mother and her ducklings make it across a busy six-lane highway without getting killed?


This mom had a much better idea.


As did this one.