Tag Archive | fall

Fall in Central New York ~

I have been remiss in keeping up regularly with my blog posts, so I thought something for fall would be appropriate, since it’s only a little more than a week to Halloween.

These first three photos are particularly “special” to me, as it depicts a long-standing tradition in the town where I grew up and went to school.  As a first, second and third-grader at Elizabeth Street School in Baldwinsville, NY, every year, a week or maybe two before Halloween, our art teacher and our elementary school teachers would gather us up and we would take a half day and walk “downtown” to paint/decorate the windows of all of the stores in town.  It was only the equivalent of a block or two, but it was a BIG DEAL to all of us youngsters to paint the windows and then see them again and again as we drove through town with our parents etc.  It’s nice to see that tradition still carries on in Baldwinsville.  This past weekend happened to be the “paint the town” weekend.

Window painting on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

Window painting on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

An alien witha pumpkin painted on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

An alien witha pumpkin painted on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

A young painter checks his work on the Seneca Federal Bank in Baldwinsville, NY

Another favorite activity of Al’s and mine is to visit some local apple orchards and pick out pumpkins, get some apples and see the fall sights.  

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And, with that, we’ve cleaned and put the cover on the pool for the winter, mowed the front,  back and side yards for HOPEFULLY the last time until Spring, and put all of the lawn and deck furniture away in anticipation of snow flying soon.  November is right around the corner, and all attentions for this household are geared towards Thanksgiving and then Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Hope to see you again soon!  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

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Festival of Leaves: Week 1 ~

A new challenge!  I love that!  And we’re starting out with Fall and Leaves.  Nothing more wonderful at this time of year!

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Buttermilk Falls near Long Lake, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

Fall in downtown Syracuse, NY

This looks like a fun and intriguing new challenge!  Click on the “Festival of Leaves” logo below and see what it’s all about!

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Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my contribution to this week’s challenge.  Hope you leave a comment or “Like” my photos.  Looking forward to next week’s!  Until then, TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Golden Harvest Festival ~

Beaver Lake Nature Center, in Baldwinsville, NY, is holding its 35th Annual Golden Harvest Festival this weekend (Saturday and Sunday).  Having grown up and gone to school in Baldwinsville, I have been very familiar with this autumn tradition for all of its 35 years.  However, I hadn’t attended for a number of years.  This year, Al and I decided we wanted to go and see if anything was new, different.

A beautiful archway of decorative balloons from the Syracuse Balloon Company welcomes festival-goers

A beautiful archway of decorative balloons from the Syracuse Balloon Company welcomes festival-goers

There are a LOT of things to see, do and taste.  I was mostly interested in the photography aspect of the event, focusing on children, crafts and animals.

A young festival-goers pets a goat near the Petting Zoo at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A young festival-goers pets a goat near the Petting Zoo at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A "mini farmer" enjoys a brief sit-down at the Golden Harvest Festival.

A “mini farmer” enjoys a brief sit-down at the Golden Harvest Festival.

The craft booths that surround the grounds really caught my interest.  These are quality items by a variety of vendors from fabrics to jewels, to furniture and henna artists.

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How about a ride on a horse-drawn wagon?  Or maybe you’d like a hat made of balloons…

Horse-drawn wagons take kids and adults for a ride around the grounds

Horse-drawn wagons take kids and adults for a ride around the grounds

A young man grins for his dad while wearing his brand new balloon hat!

A young man grins for his dad while wearing his brand new balloon hat!

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 My favorite craft item, one that my husband could not let me do without, was this glass Red Oak leaf.  Those who know me, or have read my blog, know what a Red Oak tree means to me.  Al, in his infinite wisdom, thoughtfulness and generosity, saw me wistfully looking at this beautiful peace of work and purchased it for me to keep on my window in my sewing room (my personal sanctuary).  

A beautiful Red Oak leaf created of glass for my sewing room window.

A beautiful Red Oak leaf created of glass for my sewing room window.

It was a wonderful couple of hours well spent… despite lunch:

Not much nutritional items for lunch, unless you like hummus!

Not much nutritional items for lunch, unless you like hummus!

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Have a wonderful Autumn!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.  Hope you enjoyed my photos.

TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Autumn ~

I just think the Adirondack Mountains in New York State are magnificent in fall!

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Each photo was taken in or near Long Lake, New York.  Can’t get enough of this region of the state!

Until next time, thanks for stopping by!  TTFN – Tamara Eckstadt

My Adirondacks ~

 For as long as I can remember, our family spent one or two weeks each summer camping and visiting relatives in the Adirondacks, right through my teenage years.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve always thought of Long Lake, New York, as my second home.  My mother’s sister and her family lived there, so we would go and visit and camp at nearby Lake Eaton each July 4th for the local Independence Day festivities.  While there we would swim, ride our bikes, go shopping and sightseeing at local stores, then sit around the campfire at night and roast marshmallows and see what local relatives would show up for a visit.  We were never disappointed.  And, although I’m sure we had our share, I don’t remember any time when it rained during our stay.  All I remember is the fun. 

A church steeple rises above the fall foliage as taken from the deck of the bridge in Long Lake, New York

A lone kayaker paddles in the colorful splendor that is Long Lake, New York

Now, as adults, my husband and I have visited Long Lake and Lake Eaton over the past couple of years, both in summer and in fall.  I’ve been able to share with him the members of my family that still reside there, the places we’d go when I was a child, plus we’ve experienced new places together and made new memories to share with others.  I never remember the fall being so vibrant and colorful in my childhood, and I’ve been able to appreciate it much more now. 

A view of Lake Eaton, New York, through the trees on the beach.

Another view of Lake Eaton as the light shimmers on the water and the fall foliage across the way.

 Al and I visited the Adirondack Museum during one of our stays in the Big Woods.  I think I’d been there as a child, but didn’t really remember.  Now, seeing it as an adult, I can fully appreciate the history and beauty that is kept in the museum and its many outbuildings.  There is even a small section dedicated to my Uncle Bob Wallace, who was a fixture in Long Lake for his entire life, and well-respected as they come.  I only remember him as being “larger than life” and very generous with a great sense of humor.

Al sits on this “larger than life” Adirondack chair outside the Adirondack Museum.

A hand made Adirondack-themed quilt on display inside the Adirondack Museum.

I’m so grateful that I have such memories of growing up in the Adirondacks each summer.  And now I have photos and even more recent memories to enjoy.  These photos are just a few of my memories of my childhood, my family, my Adirondacks. 

Buttermilk Falls just outside Long Lake, New York.

A seaplane takes off from the placid waters on Long Lake, New York.