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Fun at The Flower Barn

After work today, I drove out Barringer Road in Ilion, NY, to the Flower Barn.  I have yet to out together my container garden, but I think this weekend it could happen!  I have been meaning to get out there before this, but with one thing and another… well, these things happen.

And they are awesome!

Full disclosure:  the above picture is one I took last year, when I was writing about The Flower Barn for Mohawk Valley Living magazine.  Today I went straight from work and did not have my Tablet with me.  I did, however, have my mask.  I was pleased to note most other people were masked as well.

I had made up my mind not to go overboard, as I have a tendency to do.  However, once I had two plants in my hand, I realized the efficacy of using a cart.  I saw a flat wagon that seemed to be free.

“Is that your wagon?” I asked a nearby lady.

“No, not mine.”

“Mine now!” I declared.  She laughed.  I picked up a few more plants.  I had not seen any marigolds, which I usually get.  Another lady had some and told me they were in two different places.

When nobody was nearby, I pulled my mask down for a little air.  Today was hot and humid, by the way.  Then I saw a worker watering plants, wearing a bandana (I have also done the Old West Bad Guy mask on occasion).

“Sorry!” I said, pulling the mask back up.

“You’re OK,”  he said.  “I have to wear it, you don’t.”

“But I do,” I said.  “I don’t know what germs I have.  My mask keeps me from spreading them to you and others.”

“Thank you!”

I paid for my plants, while dancing to some David Bowie that was playing near the cash register.

I don’t think this is too many, do you? I can always buy more.

I put the plants on my back deck, where the rain can water them.  If it does not rain after all, I will water them tomorrow morning.

Before I went inside, I took a couple of pictures of our daisies, which started to bloom today.  I love daisies.

I did not plant these; they just grew.

 

And here are some with the peonies in the background. Come on, peonies!

He loves me, he loves me not…

The Flower Barn is located at 1480 Barringer Rd., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-895-4313.  They are open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

 

Throwback Thursday about Future Flowers

I have a dreadful case of Writer’s Blank, complicated by the type-it-in-backspace-it-out syndrome.  However, I think I can just about manage a Throwback Thursday Post.

Pretty!

This is discouraging.  The above picture is from May 2017.  In May 2020, my rhododendron has not a bloom to be seen.

I like these too!

Another flower I have not seen yet this year are my irises.  However, since this picture is from June 2017, I do not despair.

Please don’t eat the daisies.

We are also waiting for our daisies.  I’m seeing a lot of greenery for them, so I live in hope.

I LOVE my peonies!

Last year I did not get any peonies at all. I think something came along and ate the whole bush.  How greedy!  However, since I am known to hog down a lot of goodies myself, I suppose I should not criticize.

Pretty little blooms!

Here are my forget-me-nots, which look about like this now.  I previously said they were only out front this year, having inexplicably moved from the back yard.  However, today I noticed that they are also out back.  I am delighted to have these flowers spreading out and taking over my lawn.  I even dare to hope that they will obviate my need to mow, but that may take a few more years.

It is nice to look back on flowers past.  I look forward to more in the future.  I hope to visit the Flower Barn in Ilion to purchase some to plant.  I will certainly make a blog post about it when I so.

 

Tastes Like a Non-Sequitur Thursday to Me!

So I did not make a Wuss-Out Wednesday post and now it is late (for me) on Non-Sequitur Thursday (and my predictive text function seems to have forgotten everything I have ever typed in, what’s that all about?).   I thought I might try a Throw Not Very Far Back Thursday and share a couple of pictures of tastings we recently attended in the area.

He was nice, the cider was nice, we liked it!

This is a picture from a 1911 Hard Cider tasting at Beer Belly Bob’s in Ilion.  Unfortunately,  I cannot find my notes from the tasting.  I know we tried three kinds, liked them all, and purchased one.  We hope to visit 1911 in Lafayette, NY (don’t ask me how I remembered that) sometime in the future.

Aren’t they pretty?

Here are Elisha and Danielle, pouring Beringer Wine at a tasting at Valley Wine and Liquor in Herkimer.  Danielle is a regular rep at these things, and Elisha was a new trainee.  We were happy to see Danielle again and to meet Elisha.  The wine was pretty good, too.  We bought a bottle of Red Blend Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Facebook pages usually keep us up to date on local tastings.  I just love to try before I buy.

Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverages is located at  70 Otsego St., Ilion, NY.   Valley Wine and Liquor is located at 326 S. Caroline St., Herkimer.  You can find both on Facebook.

So I guess I haven’t said much about the tastings or the businesses. I hope nonetheless this will be an acceptable post.  And tomorrow is Lame Post Friday!  Won’t that be nice?

 

I Wasn’t Tired When I Tasted

Cute girl with beer, what’s not to like?

 

So there I was, feeling too tired to make a blog post.  I went to my pictures, wondering if I could come up with something, and my thumb accidentally hit this delightful shot.  This is Emily at Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage in Ilion, NY.  She is pouring us a growler, which we purchased after a tasting recently.

I picked up a couple of stickers and coasters, as I usually do at these things.

The tasting was Buried Acorn Brewing Company, which is located in Syracuse, NY.  Steven and I visit Syracuse on occasion, usually to visit my sister Diane and her family (they live in Liverpool, which is practically Syracuse).  We immediately began to plan when we can go to Acorn with Diane and her husband, Chris.

I thought this was a good pose.

I wanted to get a picture of John, who poured and told us about the brews.  At first he just stood and smiled, which was nice.  Then he reached into the tub for another beer to pour, and I said, “Wait! Smile!”  I’m nobody’s great photographer,  but I liked this.

We tasted a few good brews, but unfortunately I did not take good notes.  This is why I should make my blog posts sooner after I have these Mohawk Valley Adventures.  On the other hand, this is a better blog post than I had thought myself capable of making (or do I flatter myself?).

Buried Acorn Brewing Company is located at 881 Van Rensselaer St., Syracuse, NY, phone number 315-552-1499, web site http://www.BuriedAcorn.com.

Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage is located at 70 Otsego St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-895-0936.  You can Like them on Facebook.

 

Thanks Again, Melfe’s!

Last Saturday, Steven accompanied me on my yearly jaunt to Melfe’s Shoes in Ilion, NY, for work shoes.  I just love that place!  Vicki, who has helped us before was there, as was a young man I had not seen before.  He brought out my selections with a friendly smile.

He was equally cheerful about having his picture taken for my blog.

Vicki told us he was David, who attends college in Cortland but returns every year to help them with their January rush.

Steven got a pair of sneakers.  His feet have been bothering him lately, so I wanted him to get a quality pair.  Vicki helped him.

More service with a smile!

He ended up getting one of the best-fitting pair of sneakers he has ever had, because they had a pair of 10 1/2 EEEE in stock.  I didn’t know they made quadruple E.

Just a few of the shoes available.

It did not take us long, because we had good luck finding what we liked.  Sometimes I end up trying on pair after pair before I say, “I think we have a winner!”

Melfe’s also does shoe repair.  I have had several heel bottoms replaced on dress shoes.  Some people just go ahead and buy new shoes, but when I find a pair I like, I like to keep them for as long as possible.  Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Melfe’s is located at 64 Central Ave., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-894-4049.  They are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

 

Red Shed Brewery at Beer Belly Bob’s

On a recent Friday evening, Steven and I ventured out to Beer Belly Bob’s in Ilion, NY.  They don’t have tastings every week, so we were happy we saw this one on Facebook.  When we realized it was for an area brewery,  we were delighted. I am happy to recommend Red Shed Brewery of Cherry Valley and Cooperstown.

As we walked in, one of the other people tasting said, “She’ll write an article about you!”  I felt famous.

Red Shed would definitely be a good thing for me to write about for Mohawk Valley Living magazine, but I want to visit one of their tap rooms first.  For now I will content myself with a blog post.  David Olson, the man pouring gave me a card, and I have already visited their Facebook page.  I hope to make a trip to Cooperstown soon!

David Olson, one of the folks responsible for some yummy beer.

The first brew we tried was Jessica’s Red.  It won my ultimate accolade of “yummy.”  We went on to Cloudy Girl, which was very fruity.  I did not like it as much as Jessica’s Red, but thought it would be a good summer drink.  The Smoked Porter was heavy, smoky (of course), and very dark  It was tasty, but I could not drink a lot of it.

Steven, enjoying a taste.

 

Red Shed is only available on draft right now, but we were able to purchase a growler for a very good price.

Jessica’s Red in Beer Belly Bob’s growler.

For more information about Red Shed Brewery, you can go to redshedbrewing.com. or visit their Facebook page.

Route 51 Beer Belly Bob’s Discount Beverage Center is located at 70 Otsego St., Ilion, NY, phone number 315-895-0936.  You can find them on Facebook, too!

 

Beginning Our Local Christmas Shopping

Today was Shop Small Saturday.  I did shop somewhat small, but not at as nearly many places as I could have.  Nevertheless, I think I can come up with some semblance of a blog post on the places we made it to.

Kim, Steven and I started out at Kayla Marie Creations on Rt. 5S in Mohawk,  where Steve and I have beem, but Kim has not.  I did not take a picture but believe I can find one in my Media Library.

Isn’t she pretty?

This was not in my Media Library,  but here is Kayla Marie herself. We had a wonderful time looking around and finding a couple of gifts to purchase.  From there we went to New 2 You Consignment Store in Ilion, where we found a few more cute things, for ourselves and others.

Steve making his purchases, with the proprietresses of the store and their nice dog.

After that, Steve Kim and I went to Salvatore’s in Herkimer for a snack. Naturally we took a couple of pictures.

Steve and Kim, toasting.

 

The three of us by the tree.

 

Me and Steve.

We had quite the fun afternoon.  I guess we could have hit a couple more local businesses,  but we do what we can.  There are still a few more weeks before Christmas!