Category Archives: Summer

Rhody Containers

As promised, better late than never, I have included some of the photos of Lisa’s containers. Her house has a nice little second story wood deck where she created this nice salty air planted jungle if you will. The ornamental oregano is quite stunning. It is very dainty, and adds a certain neatness to the messiness (I may be making up my own words at this point) of the other plants. Combine her containers with the salt air, view to the beach, and a friendly passersby on bike or foot and you could’nt have a better summer retreat. Cheers!  -Sarah

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” A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye;  looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

The Southern Shore of Lake Ontario

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Life on the Water

I often try to explain to others how I feel when I am on the water and have done a lot of thinking lately about how important it is to me. As I said in the last post I went to visit Lisa this past weekend in Matunuck, RI. She is my sister and shares the same love for being on the water that I do. One of the many reasons we get along so well. After the 6 hour drive after work on friday morning we arrived in Matunuck. The street covered in cars and people walking around going to the couple of local but great “classic” beach bars that we have come to love. Immediately upon getting out of the car the thick sea air hits you. Breathe in deep, that summer smell overwhelms.

On saturday morning I woke up and proceeded immediately to the deck off of her bedroom. It was very sunny and you can see the ocean in between the beach houses across the street. I immediately feel at ease. Here are few photos from the deck. More photos of the containers she has lined the deck with to follow in the next post.

My question for all of you… is the cost of living on the water worth it?  Crazy taxes, high costs of living… does the feeling of relaxation and calm go away when this is the view you see every morning? Or is it a constant reminder that life is good?

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Sunset Series

This series of sunset photos were taken on July 3rd 2012. The annual Sodus Point fireworks display is this evening, and we have the luxury of viewing them from Crescent Beach on Sodus Bay. I have been failing all of you on this sunset series that I originally wrote about.

This weekend I am off to Rhode Island – sisters reunited.  I will certainly have a post of 2 from the trip!

 

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Knotty Design goes Motor Boating

For those of you who do not know, my father and his partner have purchased a new boat. It is not new to them but it is a CLASSIC if you will. Jazz is the new boat. My brother and I went out to try to take some photos. Bumpy lake and rain clouds on the horizon, this was the result.

Lesson learned… its hard to take phone photos on the water at high speeds and rocking about. There are a few good ones. Our dad was able to return the favor and shoot some photos of us as well.

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Cottage Containers 2012

To get this season’s cottage container gardening kicked off – this saturday my mother and I visited local nurseries around Sodus Bay. I discovered that Grandpa’s on Route 104 in Sodus has a much larger plant selection than I anticipated. It was a prefect spring day – 78 and sunny on the bay. Not too shabby considering the Lake is still fairly cold.

Last year with the help of Lisa we were introduced to the Elephant Ear. A unique annual with a large leaf – similar to the look of an elephant ear if you will. They are not your typical geranium.

My favorite annual has to be fiber optic grass. I was thrilled to come across it again and actually yelled out in the nursery upon spotting it. I drew some attention to myself at that point but I didn’t care.

As I usually post during lunch (1/2 hour), I will have to keep this short and I want to get the photos uploaded for your viewing pleasure. We are only about 1/2 done with the containers for this year. More planting to be done next weekend.  I encourage you to leave questions or comments on the plants if you have any, thanks!! -SC

PS- Garden in whatever makes your comfortable… I included my fancy pink attire. It was sunny, why not get a tan while work on the yard!

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Cottage Season is Upon Us!!

Yesterday, marked the first official cottage day of the summer. Ok it’s still spring but I have the itch for summer fun like no other. It was a bit chilly but sunny sunny sunny yesterday on the Bay. The Fighting Yellow Lady (Crewless) is  on the water and ready for the adventures of Summer 2012. The “Shack” has a new red roof which looks glorious. We has a nice little bay tour and dinner at Skippers Landing. The prime rib is a must order. Our friends drove their gorgeous brand new boat and joined us.

I also determined that I will be spending as much of my free time as possible in sodus. The dreaded monday after Sunday Funday in Sodus can have quite the bite- especially when it was the first trip out to the Bay Street. Deenie Martini was in full effect serving us last night. It was fun, and I will make it through the day. If you’re gonna play you’re gonna pay? Or so the saying goes…

Turns out we love Sodus so much we are getting married there this fall. SO EXCITED! Going tonight to have my measurements taken for my dress. The container gardening and landscape will have to be in FULL EFFECT this summer so look out Sodus Bay Garden Club we will be giving you a run for your money this year. Enjoy the photos! -SC

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A taste of winter in NY and a day at the Beach in RI.

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Do you find it strange that the last post I was discussing really really needing a sunset? Well I guess I got the ladder in the past two weekends the weather madness has continued. There was a brief one day blizzard, a day skiing, and a february sunny day at the beach…. I am curious as to what this weekend has in store.

Either way we both got out to enjoy it and hope that you did too.

At holimont (Ellicottville, NY for those of you that do not know), while skiing, I was able to take a few photos. Specifically take a look at the bench shot I took. There is something to be said about integrating design elements into ski hill. Several of these benches were located at various trail segments around the mountain. I was immediately drawn to them, they certainly providing a resting spot for skiers and the style of them fits in perfectly with the surrounding context. I did not however see anyone using them, they seem to be a good photo opportunity but not a space where anyone is going to park themselves to take a break from skiing. The photo of the Adirondack chair although unoccupied in the photo I have posted, proved to be quite the hot commodity at the Apres Ski event at the end of the day.

As for Lisa on the beach in February, well there is not much to say about that other than lucky dog!

 

Having a “I could really go for a cold beer and great sunset” kind of Day.

Have you noticed something unusual? Well if you haven’t its time to get outside. Today was a sunny day in Rochester. Being inside working away I caught glimpses throughout the day as I moved around the office . The days are getting longer which makes life a bit more enjoyable and I can’t help but think about  summer and spending time on the water. As it is FEBRUARY in Rochester, I would like to say that I am an avid skier. But as of late, these gray, mid 30’s temps haven’t gotten me out to the hill. Still waiting on that perfect snow day…. but then again the sun shinning and mild temperatures I can’t help but feel that summer is right around the corner.

I hope to share with you the Sunday Sunset series… as the spring and summer months begin. There is a distinct path the sun follows every summer. This is no new development, but the progression of the sunsets over the lake from crescent beach (on

bay) is something to be seen. People forget that Rochester is a beautiful place to live. Yes, I said it I think Rochester is a beautiful place to live.

I would love to claim credit for the photos in today’s post…. but I can’t. These were taken by our dad. So at this point I think it is a good time to say thank you from both Lisa and I. Thanks Mom and Dad, you introduced us to the water.