THURSDAY LINGERING LOOK AT WINDOWS – 11

If it weren’t for the ridiculous taxes and the small town politics, my town would be the place to be.  As a matter of fact, I do believe that’s our motto around here.  Collingswood, the place you want to be.  The biggest draws around town are the shops and restaurants.  WordPress can’t accommodate all the windows in one tiled gallery, so I picked out some of my favorites.

No lie!  There are so many fantastic restaurants, from Italian to Asian.  From Italian to Mexican. From Italian to Indian. From – did I say Italian?  Well you get my drift.

If you want to get your hair done before going to dinner, we’ve got that, too.  Or should I say, got those, too.  I can think of four salons off the top of my head. (no pun intended) You really have to see it to appreciate it, so if you’re ever in the area, stop on the avenue.  You won’t be disappointed.

As is true to my form, I’m late with my entry.  But don’t let that stop you from clicking over to Dawn’s blog, lingeringvisions, so you can take a long, hard look at some very interesting windows.

Thanks for stopping by!

And if you’re ever in the neighborhood…

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CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – LINES

When I think “lines”, I think straight lines.  After debating a while, I decided I would go with “straight” because if I didn’t, I’d be too tempted to annoy you with more of my doodling.   So  here, for the most part, you will find my interpretation of “lines” for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

Many thanks to Cee @ ceephotography.com for hosting this posting.  You can see more entries to her challenge by clicking on the cute little critter below.

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To all who’ve made their way here, my thanks.   I appreciate all your comments, likes, and visits.  Blogging wouldn’t be the same without you. 🙂

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – CIRCLES AND CURVES

As you may (or may not) have noticed, I made an attempt at doodling in an earlier post. I thought it was reasonably acceptable for a first attempt.  I started out on paper and branched out to a clay flower pot.  Between the circular curvature of the pot, and the swirls and curls of the mighty pen, I think the new doodle might qualify for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.   I’m taking a shot.

The wine glass has a little curve of its own.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, liking, commenting, and browsing.  I hope you’ll drop off at Cee’s for more cirlces and curves.

TRAVEL THEME – TIME

TIME

It marches on.  It’s on our side.  It flies.  It even heals old wounds. Versatile little bugger, and we can never have enough of it. We mustn’t waste it, and it’s something we should give to someone when waiting for forgiveness.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Time lost is never found again.”   So take heed.

It’s precious.  It’s fleeting, and it’s even said that time is money. (also our buddy, Ben)  Well, then.  Why not dedicate a post to it. 

Today I purposely made a trip to Target, T.J. Max, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond to capture a few moments in time.  I thought these clocks were just plain fun.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”   Steve Jobs

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Thanks to Ailsa @ wheremybackpack for hosting this challenge. Take a little time to visit her blog by clicking here, and  thanks to all of you for taking the time to visit, comment, like, and browse.

THURSDAY LINGERING LOOK AT WINDOWS – WEEK 10

Dawn @ lingeringvisions is the gracious host of the title post.  She doesn’t ask for a story, but, like a song, I felt one coming on.  This window is part of the Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  During my visit I came across several old buildings, a few trails, a park with swings and slides, a wooden bridge, and more. I decided to skulk around and take a few photos.  Then my imagination took over…

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“They say she was carrying that basket when she disappeared.”

With a shiver, I turned.  An elderly man, in a long weathered coat, stood beside me.  Apparently he noticed that his silent approach had startled me.    He appeared apologetic,  his eyes almost tear-filled.

“I’m sorry, ” he whispered.

Without waiting for my acknowledgement, he looked toward the basket in the window and continued, softly.

“There were daffodils in the basket when they found it,” he said turning and pointing in the direction of the woods. “She’d been picking them at the time.  On the trail.  On the other side of the bridge.”

I nodded, not sure if I should say anything.

“It was this time of year, 30 years ago,” he continued in his low voice. “Spring. She had beautiful red curls and a green ribbon in her hair.”  He looked at me, still appearing to be near tears.

“Her mother told the authorities that she had asked to gather flowers before going to a friend’s birthday celebration.”  He lowered his eyes. “The basket sits there.  Has all these years.”

I fixed my gaze on the window and tried to picture a red-headed child in her party attire, green bow clipped to her curls.  When I turned, the man had vanished.  I was drawn to the bridge, and as I started to cautiously cross, something in the distance seemed to move between the trees.  Straining to focus, I just couldn’t be sure.

Being a bit put off, I turned to cross back over the bridge when I spotted something slowly waving in the early spring breeze.  There, tied to a rail, was what appeared to be a tattered green ribbon.

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Cross the bridge over to Dawn’s lingeringvisions by clicking here for a look at more windows.

Thanks, Dawn.  You are a fabulous host.  And thanks to you for visiting, liking, and commenting.

SUNDAY POST – BAY

I knew when I read the word “bay” that I was going to really find this challenge to be a true challenge.  These shots are all captured in Brigantine, NJ and are apparently the only “bay” shots I have.  Still, I hope you enjoy, and I hope I have done Jake’s challenge, @ jakesprinters,  some justice.

Steelman Bay - been blogged already, but I like the chairs :-)

Steelman Bay – been blogged already, but I like the chairs 🙂

Steelman Bay - rebuilding a dock after Hurrican Sandy

Steelman Bay – rebuilding a dock after Hurrican Sandy

Presidential motorcade heading over the Brigantine Bridge over the Absecon Channel/Absecon Bay

Presidential motorcade heading over the Brigantine Bridge over the Absecon Channel/Absecon Bay

Steelman Bay - the calm after the storm

Steelman Bay – the calm after the storm

Pirate on a good day

Pirate on a good day – Steelman Bay

Pirate on a not so good day - Steelman Bay

Pirate on a not so good day – Steelman Bay

Pirate after having gone down for the third time, after Hurricane Sandy - Steelman Bay

Pirate after having gone down for the third time, after Hurricane Sandy – Steelman Bay

Sunset on Steelman Bay (night photo taken with iPhone and we all know about iPhones and night shots) :-(

Sunset on Steelman Bay (night photo taken with iPhone and we all know about iPhones and night shots) 😦

Click on the icon below to get to Jake’s blog.  He is amazing and so are the entries for his “Bay” challenge this week.

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THANKS FOR VISITING!

TRAVEL THEME – GREEN

There are oh so many shades of green.  Ailsa, @ wheresmybackpack has asked that we display a shade or two.  Of course this time of year, you think green, you think St. Patrick’s Day.

Even the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ is in on showing their green.

Even the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ is in on showing their green.

Now I’m Italian, but what they say is everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  So, to all my “fellow Irishmen and women”, Happy St. Patrick’s day!

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I don’t think this fella’s Irish either, but I could be wrong.

Click here to make your way over to Ailsa’s blog and take in a little more of the green, whether it be Luck of the Irish green or just plain ol’ My Favorite Color green.