Monday, May 31, 2021
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
With masks coming off and places opening up, it was time for me to try doing some portraits again.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
These are two of the deer that forage in the preserve behind my house. If I ask them nicely to eat the ferns and the swamp cabbages, do you think they will leave my newly planted flowers alone?
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The Hauley (or Hawley) House is Ridgefield's oldest. Many of the very old buildings in town have become museums or similar nonprofit homes, but this one looks like it is still in private hands.
It was built around 1714 for an early minister. He also served as town clerk.
There are wonderful Museum in the Streets historic signs all around town. They would make for a fun history walk, but so far I have just been checking them out one at a time when I happen upon them. This one is near the Hawley house and gives some background.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church is on what used to be the Village Green on Ridgefield's Main Street. The people of the church recently created a temporary wall where passersby can write public prayers on a chalkboard or put private prayers in a locked box.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
I'm a Boston guy. Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, Patriots. Even when I moved to Hartford, the balance was still maybe 55-45 Boston over New Yawk. But, now that I am in southwest Connecticut in the summer, right up against the New Yawk state line, there are daily reminders that this is Big Apple country.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Thursday, May 20, 2021
The Scott House was built at a prominent location on Ridgefield's Main Street in 1713 by an Irish immigrant, David Scott. It passed through many hands over the centuries. By the end of the 20th century it had become decrepit and was no longer suitable for occupancy, especially in the center of town.
In 1999 the Scott House was acquired by a preservation trust and a fundraising campaign began. The house was disassembled and, when enough funds were raised, reassembled several blocks away from the center of town. It is now occupied by the Ridgefield Historical Society.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The library is a fine asset, at the northern edge of Main Street and the downtown commercial district.
It combines a handsome building from 1903 with an expansion in the 1980s that more than tripled its size and another major renovation and expansion completed in 2014..
Monday, May 17, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The towns across the New York state line are loaded with horse farms and wholesale nurseries. On the way back from an errand on Friday, I stopped to admire JT Farm in South Salem.
It is a big, 51-acre fenced property with horses grazing in fields out of this picture.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
I went across the New York state line to get something yesterday. On the way back I came across Kensico Cemetery and Gardens, so I turned in. The entrance and tower gate are attention-getting.
The 250-acre cemetery dates back to 1889, when New York City cemeteries were running out of room. It was built on farmland in Valhalla, because of railroad access. Noted baseball players and entertainers are buried here. I saw mention of Sergei Rachmaninoff and Anne Bancroft
Friday, May 14, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
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
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
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.
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
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.