Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fourth and Final Installment

Today's trek took us to Sodus Point by way of a field of sunflowers.    There is a farm in the area that, for whatever reason, has a field of over 700,000 sunflowers.  It was really amazing to see sunflowers as far as you could see.   Not exactly sure why they felt the need to plant all those sunflowers.  There was no store or shop, just fields and fields of sunflowers.    This is Frederick Farm in Clifton Springs, NY
Look at the perfect rows.   I can't even get my few lettuce, tomatoes or peppers in rows that neat.

On to Sodus Point.....This is the second lighthouse built after the original tower fell into disrepair, Congress appropriated a second stone lighthouse be built which was completed in 1871.  This became the residence of the Sodus Lighthouse keepers for the next 80 years.  

Sodus has a nice protected harbor and was a very active port with railways that brought cars and cars or coals to be loaded on the shipped and set sail on Lake Ontario.  It is a tiny fishing town at the end of a long long (miles!) road with a few small town restaurants, a marina and a lovely park and beach area for swimming.


 The view was awesome and the grounds and flower beds very nicely maintained.

Doesn't this look like a nice place to summer? Gorgeous porch and the view that is shown above.

Next stop, the lighthouse on the pier.......

 Oops, we got detoured by wading in the lake!  No walk down the pier for us.

We headed back and after crossing the Erie Canal we found some lunch. The plan was to take a little bit of a ride down the western shore of Cayuga Lake to the Lockwood Farm.   It is a lavender farm.   Unfortunately for us, it is only open to the public in June and July.  From the owner's blog (link above at "Lockwood Farm") seems like a lovely place to spend the afternoon. 

Sightseeing done, we settled in for an evening of sewing.  My two small pieces completed left me to pull out a WIP.   This is a piece in my guild's 2016 challenge.   We were to list up to five starts that were less than 50% done and 'challenge' ourselves to finish them.   I have turned my focus to  Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread.  I love how fast band samplers come together so heaven knows why I put this in the basket of unfinished pieces.   I also like to try new things and  the border, drawn work and hemstitch caught my eye.    I hope to have it all stitched by October Retreat so I can get guidance on the drawn work from a fellow stitcher who has finished this already.   That's you Diane!

The white on white stitches aren't showing up very well but trust me, they are there.

DD#2 spent the evening cutting out the next furry friend in her quilt.  Meet the Bunny Block

All those little pieces!  Bless her little heart!

Unfortunately we woke to heavy rain on Sunday.   Looking at the weather ap, the green, yellow and orange were tracking from Atlanta to Ontario and we were not going to escape the rain.   The weather nixed our plans to stop and stroll through Skaneateles and it was straight home.

We did so enjoy our time together.   No other family members craving our attention or asking what was for dinner.   No dogs jumping about.  No non-crafters telling us stitching would be get their nerves.  We enjoyed it so much that we plan to make this a yearly crafting-palooza of an event.   We are looking at Rhinebeck NY about the same time next year.   There will be some sight seeing, some crafting but tons of fun together!


Susan said...

Loved seeing all the pictures and hearing about your weekend! Your daughters are the best!! But I would have sworn you are 39.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your pictures are lovely. It looked like you had good weather for some of your trip. Glad you had a great getaway weekend with your daughters.

butterfly said...

Another lovely post , your stitching looks great.
Looks like you had a wonderful holiday .
The sun flowers are grown for sunflower oil here and also bird seed , maybe thats why.

Carol said...

Hi Robin--Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your four part "tour" of your Finger Lakes area holiday! The fact that your daughters planned it makes it even more special... you are very blessed :)

My mom, brother, and sister all live in that area. My mom has a view of Canandaigua Lake from her senior citizen's apartment balcony. I am up often visiting them, but have never taken the time to do the touristy things. Your photos have inspired me to visit some of these great places soon :)

Love your DT piece!

diamondc said...

Robin: That bunny is adorable, I look forward to seeing the quilt block.
Lovely photos, we have many farmers who plant sunflowers to sell to market for bird seed and other uses, it is so pretty to see them blooming.
Love the Band sampler so pretty.


Lynn said...

I loved reading about your whole trip....what wonderful daughters you have! You will always remember this birthday!