Monday, April 4, 2011

Long Island April 2011

Friday evening, I arrived at LM's toting dinner and excited about our plans to be on the road all day Saturday.....first I needed to set the table and place the beautiful rose I received at work that day, in a vase on the table. Within 20 seconds after that rose entered the house, a certain gray person appeared out of nowhere. She parked in the center of the table, back turned to the rose, "saying" she was not interested but we could see her almost sniffing sideways at the vase behind her perch. She cannot resist the ferns that come along with roses.
See that turn of the head....I put the camera down to attend to the dinner, and she was chewing away. We must have shooed her 4 or 5 times and when we returned from our trip to Long Island, there was a noticeable lack of fern around the rose. Incorrigible!
The next morning, we were on the road by 5:30 am, picked up a bright red KIA Sportage at the dealer in Hyannis, and onboard the ferry pulling out of New London CT by 9 am. This view is of the New London bridge we crossed over on Rte 95. I've seen the bridge from this perspective many times before, but never noticed that there is a vertical lift railroad bridge directly underneath. This photo was taken through a saltspray- splattered window on the ferry as we pulled out into the Thames River on our way across Long Island Sound.
The morning was crystal clear, and we had no idea that as we exited the river into the Sound that we would be in VERY heavy seas. The waves were crashing over the bow of the boat and there was to be no venturing outside onto the deck to enjoy the sunshine. We were on the largest ferry in the fleet so felt very safe.
As we began our drive west on Long Island, we were once again in the beautiful North Fork wine and farm country. We stopped at this farm, LM's favorite, to buy a pie.
They had the prettiest spring flowers for sale....
I'm still kicking myself for not buying a flat of these beautiful pansies.
The rest of the trip was uneventful. I could not resist playing around with the view in my side-view mirror.

On the way home after a very calm trip back across the sound, we began to see very strange cloud formations around the time of sunset.
Crossing the Braga Bridge in Fall River
There is a massive project involved in painting and maintaining this bridge.
The light was so beautiful from the setting sun and it turned Fall River golden...

Old mill buildings.

We loved this pink cloud...
Home again....what we always say as we cross the Bourne Bridge over the Cape Cod Canal.

We were very tired when we finally got home.....a long 14 hours on the road. Would you believe we got to the dealer on Long Island and they said they did not have the car we came for?? Well, that is what happened, so we'd done that long trip for naught. We went back in the car we came in. What a waste for the dealer we were driving for that day. We had fun anyway.

Sunday was another mystery date. This time I stole LM away to see a play at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. My dear friend, and former co-worker, Nick, is in a lead role and we thoroughly enjoyed the very gritty, "Glengarry GlenRoss" production.

Happy Birthday to my youngest brother, Sam, today. I will not divulge his age but he was born within 3 months of my oldest daughter, Anne! He's also cat father to the infamous Bob. I hear he was royally feted last evening by his wife and sons!. Very well-deserved, dear brother.


Linda said...

Sounds like a fun but exhausting week-end. You should have a good week.

Retired English Teacher said...

I loved the photos. It sounds like you had an excellent adventure even if the trip was in vain on the business end of the deal.

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Ah, you were in my neck of the woods, I see :) I was just at Briermere Farm last October... isn't it such an adorable place? I didn't buy a pie since the lines were down the driveway! But they smelled delicious.

Happy Birthday to your brother! ♥

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Hi was such a great time. Thanks for coming by.
Erin, I thought of you when out there. We got a strawberry rhubarb pie and froze it for later.
The flowers were so pretty.

Buttercup said...

Long drive -- and for naught -- but I am a big fan of the North Shore. Especially enjoy going out there in the autumn. We love to stop at Briermere Farm for pie, too.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend and I'm so glad. Good for the both of you and Ms G the fern eating feline! silly girl. I loved the little shoppe with the beautiful flowers!! Would like to poke around there a little. Liked seeing your sun set! Pretty gold colour! Enjoy your day...debbie