I looked back at some of my holiday photos of recent years and it isn’t surprising that one of my favorite shots is this one of Molly. What is surprising is that I took this pretty nice shot with my iPhone. Molly is a wonderful girl who I adopted along with Lily (also wonderful) at a local animal shelter several years ago. For awhile they lived in my RE/MAX office but now I enjoy them at home. I’ll be posting more holiday photos over the next few weeks and I promise they won’t all include my cats.
The social spaces are filled with April Fools Day pranks. I prefer to just enjoy the first day of April.
I’m taking Easter Sunday off and instead of a Ledyard Real Estate report, I decided to share a photo of my sister Diane and I from Easter in 1955. This is in front of the home with a white picket fence where we grew up in Pittsburgh. I had forgotten that we always wore white gloves to go to church on Sunday. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m the little one on the right.
I share real estate statistics every weekend but decided that people are a bit too distracted to analyze numbers. Instead I’m sharing one of my favorite Santa photos. I have two nice folks to thank for this wonderful photo taken at the Avery Point Light House in Groton. Dale Treadway, is a Gales Ferry resident and founding member of the Avery Point Light House Society. The society raises funds to help preserve and restore New England light houses including this one at Avery Point. Dale initially sent the photo to me.
Ron Foster is the photographer who kindly gave me permission to use it here. You’ll find many of Ron’s light house photos at the group’s website.
Merry Christmas to those that celebrate the season!
I shot this photo four years ago at the local Stop and Shop on the day before Thanksgiving. It was hectic and I was bummed that I had left a few things until the last minute. Audra came around the corner and I literally laughed out loud. (LOL) Now I post this photo every year. Who needs gravy, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie with your turkey when you can have beer?
Audra of Audge’s Mobile Pet was a good sport to let me take a photo of her!
Happy Thanksgiving no matter how you celebrate!
I served as Mayor of Ledyard during our recent week of dealing with Hurricane Sandy. I learned a lot about the fine citizens of Ledyard. With very few exceptions, although frustrated, most residents dealt with the storm as you might expect hearty New Englanders would. Oh sure, we all complained about CL&P’s poor communication but when power and cable were finally restored, all we needed to do is turn on the television and see the devastation and loss of lives in the NY/NJ area to realize how lucky we all were.
I’ve been working on cleaning up photos on my computer and came across some of my very favorites from Buttonwood Farms in Griswold. It reminded me that it won’t be too much longer before my annual trip to the farm to shoot photos and eat ice-cream.
The owners at Buttonwood Farms plant 10 acres of sunflowers, providing 300,000 magnificent blooms framed by blue skies and stone walls. Every year they sell bunches of these flowers and donate the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Over the years, they have raised $500,000 for the cause.
During the weeklong event, people and their cameras show up from all over the state to visit. I go back each year to see if I can take an even better photo! This year the event runs from 10 a.m. to dusk the week of July 21 - 29th.
While I love the view, the ice cream is also pretty special. My favorite is peppermint stick with the peach flavor a close second. Buttonwood Farms is only about 25 minutes from my real estate office in Ledyard and once the sunflowers have finished blooming, the ice cream is still there.
On Sunday May 29th, the 25th annual Memorial Day Parade will be held starting at 1PM at the Ledyard Fair Grounds. The fairgrounds are located between Ledyard Center School and The First Congregational Church on Route 117. Free parking is available at Ledyard Middle School and Ledyard High School. A shuttle will be provided.
On Monday May 28th, beginning at noon, members of the Ledyard Police Department, K9 unit, and ACO will be at Cows and Cones in Gales Ferry for a meet and greet.
Kids and adults will be able to look inside the police cruisers, see the lights etc, and then experience a K9 demonstration around 1:00pm. Kimlyn Marshal from the ACO will also be present to display various animals. The Ledyard Police Union will also be handing out tickets to all the children to redeem for a free ice cream.
The Ledyard Food Pantry is low, so they will also be collecting non perishable food items during the day.
I'm in Washington DC this week attending the annual National Association of Realtors Midyear Legislative Meetings. I never get tired of the views from here.