Sunflowers for Wishes

Buttonwoods Sunflowers 2008 009 (Small)When July rolls around  I usually look forward to one  my favorite summertime adventures - a trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold.  There are  2 reasons to go there.

First is the photo opportunity.

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.  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 23rd – 31st.

Second is some of the best home made ice cream in Connecticut. My favorite is peppermint stick, while my husband really loves the peach so I  pack a cooler and bring him home his own private pint of it.  Check out  these flavors if you need some extra incitement to go there.  Fortunately, it is only about 25 minutes from my home in Gales Ferry.  

That being said, last year was a bit of a disappointment.  Here is what I had to say a year ago:

I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked (illegally) along Route 165. The place was absolutely chaos. I finally found a parking place and met my friends but after checking out the 100 people in line( I counted) we decided ice cream could wait for another day and we took off for the photo opportunities. That turned out to be difficult as well as we dodged people and cars.

In the past, the crowds weren’t nearly as large and the line for ice cream was manageable. I think social media has helped spread the word about the spectacular sight of sunflowers with really good ice cream as a bonus.  My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with sunflowers and ice cream for two weeks. I managed to get a few nice shots and I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer but probably after the event. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there. 

Buttonwood Farms is located at 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351

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Ledyard Politico at the San Diego Zoo

I was in San Diego last week for the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo  but I didn't take a break from politics. I was thrilled to be able to sit in on a fabulous 90 minute session with Political Analyst Charlie Cook from the Cook Political Report.  I thoroughly enjoyed his analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election including this quip, “ Bernie Sanders will not be the Democratic candidate. He could probably run unopposed and still lose”. Before my friends who are democrats take offense, he poked fun at both sides of the aisle and since there are a whole lot more Republican candidates, they certainly got their fair share of his criticism.

As a political Junkie, I see politics everywhere. It wasn’t all business at the conference and I was able to visit the famous San Diego Zoo and was reminded of my Republican friends back home.

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Reporting from San Diego for NAR Conference Live

Conference LiveFor the third year,  I  have been selected as a Featured Attendee for the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo held in my favorite city of San Diego, November 13-16.  I will be flying out tomorrow due to a National Committee assignment as I currently serve on the State and Local Issues Policy Committee.

Featured Attendees are selected to document their conference experience and provide their unique perspectives online for Realtor® members who are unable to make the event. Nearly 20,000 Realtors® and industry experts from across the country are expected to attend the annual conference for education sessions, networking events and the industry’s largest expo.

During the conference, I will be reporting from committee meetings, education sessions and the EXPO, where 400 exhibitors will be present with lots of cool stuff. I plan to post content to the Conference Live site via tweets, photos, and blog submissions throughout the conference. For more information on the REALTORS® Conference & Expo or Conference Live, visit NARConferenceLive.com.

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


My Trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold

ParkingI decided to wait a week to report on my trip to Buttonwood Farms and the Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser. I really do love the event and didn’t want to discourage people from going. I planned to meet two friends that day and was really looking forward to the Peppermint Stick Ice Cream. I even brought a cooler along to bring home a pint of Peach, my husband’s favorite.

I knew there was trouble when I saw the cars parked (illegally) along Route 165. The place was absolutely chaos. I finally found a parking place and met my friends but after checking out the 100 people in line we decided ice cream could wait for another day and we took off for the photo opportunities. That turned out to be difficult as well as we dodged people and cars.

In the past, the crowds weren’t nearly as large and the line for ice cream was manageable. I think social media has helped spread the word about the spectacular sight of sunflowers with really good ice cream as a bonus.  My Facebook newsfeed has been filled with sunflowers and ice cream for two weeks. I managed to get a few nice shots including the one below. I will return to Buttonwoods sometime this summer. The sunflowers will be gone but my Peppermint Stick Ice Cream will be there. 

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Sunflowers for Wishes - Buttonwood Farms 2015

IMG_3030 (Small)When July rolls around  I find myself thinking about one of my favorite summertime adventures - a trip to Buttonwood Farms in Griswold.  There are  2 reasons to go there.

First is the photo opportunity.

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.  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 18 - 26th.

Second is some of the best home made ice cream in Connecticut. My favorite is peppermint stick, while my assistant Kerry loves the peach. That is also my husband’s favorite so I  pack a cooler and bring him home his own private pint of it.  Check out  these flavors if you need some extra incitement to go there.  Fortunately, it is only about 25 minutes from my home in Gales Ferry and once the sunflowers have finished blooming, the ice cream is still there.

Buttonwood Farms is located at 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold, CT 06351

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About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


The One from Washington DC

When I travel to Washington DC, I always take photos of the same monuments and scenes in hopes of adding to my collection of DC favorite photos. I have a gazillion photos of the Washington Monument shot over the years with different cameras and lenses. This photo was taken with my “little Lumix” not my best camera but the one I like carrying because of its size. This year, the photo below is “the one”, my favorite of all the photos I took this trip. Taken at sunset, I call it “Fishing with a View”.

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A different return than expected

On Monday  I wrote THIS BLOG POST  about how much I enjoyed traveling by train and how “I  love the stress free travel, the views along the way and my final stop at Union Station”.  Ironically, Amtrak and I even had a little exchange of tweets as I traveled to Washington DC.

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Monday was not a very good day for photos. It was cloudy and overcast but I hoped to get some good shots on the way home like the photo below I took on a previous trip to DC. I always love the challenge of getting a photo from a dirty window on a moving train.

Views from Amtrak
Sadly, a horrific Amtrak derailment suspended all travel along the route between Philadelphia and New York. I was fortunate in several ways including a call from a friend. I was sound asleep in my hotel room at the Washington Hilton when I received the call alerting me to the news. As a result, I was able to quickly regroup and secure a flight and avoid the chaos of those with Amtrak tickets trying to find a way home. My only loss was a few dollars and a shortened event. My plans to blog about CRS as a member of the blogging team at NAR Legislative Live came to a quick end.

It wasn’t long before elected officials began pointing fingers and politicizing the tragedy. Personally, as a rider, I am waiting for the official word of what caused this accident and rather than offer an opinion instead offer my prayers to the family and friends of those that lost loved ones because of this tragedy.

About the author:  Linda Davis has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.


In Honor of Veteran's Day

I’ve just returned to Ledyard from New Orleans where I attended the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo. While in New Orleans, I was able to visit the National World War II Museum. It was a wonderful experience made better with the event of Veteran's Day just two days later. If you are ever near New Orleans, consider a visit. The short 4-D film “Beyond all Boundaries”, only shown at the museum, is worth the price of admission. Thank you to all that have served and continue to serve.

Veterans Day in Ledyard


Photos from a Moving Train

I was in Long Island for the last couple of days where I served as a host at the Long Island MLS Tech Fair. I usually take the Cross Island Ferry and post photos from the ferry as well as those from the drive down the North Fork of Long Island. This year I took Amtrak from New London and then the Long Island Railway so my photos were limited to what I could take from the window of a fast moving train. Here are my two favorites. You will spot the imperfections.

Long Island 2015 Train

Long Island 2015