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May. 2nd, 2017 10:13 pm
lizziebelle: (artsy me)
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Beltane morning was cloudy and dreary, but it wasn't raining so I went to Cambridge to celebrate with the Morris dancers and friends. For some reason my phone didn't want to take pictures (I think it was too full of podcasts), and my camera doesn't take great pix in low light, so I didn't take too many photos. I did get a few of Justin and an anonymous fella, both dressed in cloaks and Green Man masks:

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I had wanted to go to Mount Auburn, but since it was chilly and cloudy, I decided instead to just go back home and take a nap.

In the afternoon, I walked down to the library to pick up a book they had on hold for me (Elizabeth Kostova's new one, SHADOW LAND). There were a lot of people and trucks around, due to the movie that's filming on Main Street this week. All I really know about it is that it (supposedly) stars David Spade, who may or may not have been there. His stunt double certainly was; one of the scenes they were shooting was him being thrown through the barber shop window. I didn't see anything happening, just a lot of people and cops hanging around in front of Vic's barber shop. I saw the catering truck down the street, and all the equipment trucks in the Elks Club parking lot. Today, most of it was gone.

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Exciting times in our little town. I'm more excited about the bagel shop that's opening soon.
lizziebelle: (little me)
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I got up at 5 a.m. to walk over to the Elks Club and see a bunch of balloons get inflated. It was wicked awesome, to use the local parlance.

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There were a lot of them, and I got to see them in all stages from being unfolded, filled with air, and rising from the ground.

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There were a surprising number of people there. I didn't expect to see so many folks out at the crack of dawn.

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I was also surprised that there weren't any news crews around, although the guy on Team Peacock who looked familiar turned out to be the evening news dude from channel 7. Which is an NBC station, hence the peacock theme and design on the balloon.

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They'll probably be there later, since the fest is going for the whole weekend.

I would have stayed to watch them take off, but the sky was overcast and not conducive to lovely soaring balloon photos, so I headed back home and took a nap.

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I was glad I got to see it this year. Last year, it happened the weekend I went to NYC so I missed it. If it's clearer tomorrow morning, I might go back and get more pictures. But not as early this time. Things didn't really start getting interesting till around 7:00.

You can see my whole set here.
lizziebelle: (fox)
Yesterday was just stellar. Warm, sunny, and breezy. The trees have finally leafed out, making the world green again. I walked downtown, leaving early for my class at the library so I could enjoy being outside after a long week in the trenches. I stopped at the little park by the pond, where I found what turned out to be bluebells!

bluebells!

Just a tiny patch, but after envy of my British friends posting lovely photos of them, I was glad to find some here. I found out this past week that someone in my hometown planted a patch of bluebells near the river; I don't know if they were there when I lived in Geneseo, but if they were I wasn't aware of it. As I am now about 400 miles away, I can't just pop over to see them.

mystery bird and other adventures )

This morning is deliciously cool and green and sunny. Just delightful.
lizziebelle: (fox)
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Yesterday was a glorious day for a walk. Warm but not too much so, and sunny with a little breeze. Perfect spring weather. The daffodils in front of the UU church were happy. Tiny leaves are popping out, and I even saw some trees in flower.

Down at the park, things are greening by the river, and some kayakers paddled by as I stood on the bank.

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Violets lined the parking lot, and dotted the grass along the path.

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I recently discovered a new cheese & gourmet shop downtown, and it's a delightful place. It's just a little hole-in-the-wall, but the proprietor is very nice (and she really knows her cheese!) and the selection is large. I tried a German triple-creme with mushrooms, and it was delicious. I'll definitely be back. I'm so glad to see all the new businesses downtown; a lot of places have opened in the four years I've lived here. We have a brewery, a martini & tapas bar, an ice cream place with a speakeasy in the back (really!), a flatbread pizza joint, and a new dress shop to name a few. Just the opposite of Westfield, where I used to live. It was sad to see all the empty storefronts there, and it's a much bigger town. I'm also glad to see that the new shopping plaza just outside of town hasn't hindered downtown at all. Maybe it even helps; who knows? It would be nice if folks who came to the plaza to shop decide to check out downtown as well. I like supporting local businesses.

My mom is home from the rehab place, and doing much better. That's a relief. She's going to have a visiting nurse for a while, and one of her neighbors has a daughter who does housecleaning, so mom is hiring her to help out. She's doing her exercises and her breathing exercises, and is determined to get and stay well. This makes me happy.

I brought the grill back up to the deck, and maybe I'll be motivated to light it up tonight. That sounds like the perfect end to a lovely weekend.

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