Saturday, April 8, 2017


March 24 to 26 was the first full weekend of Spring and also the weekend of The Capital Region Garden and Flower Show.   We normally head out on Friday afternoon to catch the show, but the weather chose not to cooperate; so we chose Saturday night instead.  I think we found a NEW tradition; because about two hours before closing; the 'place' was dead!  And for the first time we were able to walk around the exhibits and the market place and see everything and really enjoy it. 
It really is a great event and great fun and I would have hated to miss it this year,

It is in it's 30th year!  Hard to believe.

We always head into the garden exhibit first and we were greeted by "The Black Pearl" designed and built by WM Designscapes, INC from Malta.
And what Pirate Ship would be complete with out the booty?
complete with a sword.
her anchor....
and the tavern to wet your whistle.
Weathered Wood of Troy offered up "Enchanted"
with these beautiful old Troy bricks
The sand sculpture is by Phil Singer Art,
and it looks just like Johnny Depp!
Seagroatt Riccardi of Latham
"Garden Party" featuring tablescapes by several local florist.
My favorite!
Without the crowds we could actually enjoy the relaxing sound of the waterfall.
A stroll through woods by Wildthings Nursery of Valley Falls.
Next we moved on to the arrangement competition, which included 14 classes.  My favorites were "Pirates Booty;" and these were my three favorite arrangements.
The show stopper was "Walking Dead Down the Aisle."  I could never pick a favorite here, I LOVED them all (of course, I mean.............?)  How can I resist floral arrangements with skulls, bloody eyeballs and hands?
"Game of Thorns" 
"Man's Best Friend"
"A Formal Affair"
"Fit for a Queen"
Last we headed into the market place and left with some goodies. 
Before heading home we stopped at Blaze Pizza  for salad and pizza.
And thank you all, my little internet experiment just hit 5000 views.

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Out and about to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a non-traditional way.  Headed to Albany    and to the
Empire State Plaza   for lunch and a visit to the New York State Museum  for the 2017 Capital Region CanStruction to benefit the Capital Region Food Bank.

First stop lunch at the Cornerstone on the Plaza.


After lunch we headed to the NYSM for CanStruction.  Last year the Capital Region ranked 3 (following Dallas and Huston) for food collection.  We collected 104,095 pounds of food!  So with two bags of cans in tow, to vote for our favorite structure we headed up to the 4th floor of the museum.
It is always hard to choose my favorite structure, but this year it was pretty easy, and I am sure you can guess why.
Scooby is made out of baked beans!
Bottles of water for the windows on the Mystery Machine and the box of Scooby Snack gummies.

The Minions always seem to make an appearance.  This year as cheerleaders.
And Pokemon too.
All the major sports were covered.
Basketball, both the NBA and the NCAA March Madness.
The Olympics and Team USA.
And finally a few superheros.

But no St. Patrick's Day would be complete with out a Shamrock Shack, complete with whipped cream, green sprinkles and a cherry
and some St. Patrick's Day carnations.

It was a beautiful warm and sunny mid March day.  Happy St. Patrick's Day.