Monday, June 30, 2008

Once, a Home

An empty house on the corner of Dixon and Chestnut.

Once upon a time this house must have been beautiful, inside and out.

The stunning rose still stands as a witness to what once was.

Too many houses in Liberty are lost due to neglect.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Church on Main Street

Another view of the same church.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Coming Soon

Some old abandoned buildings were removed to make way for a new apartment complex. Chestnut Street is looking better lately.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Patch of Sky: Sky Watch Friday

A little bit of sky reflected in a puddle on Main Street. (click image to enlarge) This is not retouched in any way--No blur effect--I suppose the wind caused a ripple effect.

Here is my first Sky Watch Friday.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A ShortLine Bus to The Catskills

Today's Theme is Transportation.

The ShortLine Coach USA buses arrive from NYC's Port Authority Bus Terminal ten or eleven times a day. The regular fare is about $32.00 and it takes over 3 hours for the 100 mile journey to Liberty. Once in Liberty there are cabs available.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

People in Town

I spoke with the two girls in front, and guess what their errand was today ?

A. Going for an espresso at the Serendipity Cafe.
B. Going to knitting class.
C. Going to the teen outreach center.
D. Just hanging out, getting their nails done, and discussing the news of the world.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Signs Along State Rt. 52

The Harvest Market is a wonderful place to stop for coffee and a sandwich. And they sell trees, flowers, and dirt too.

But what if I'm looking for Petite Housewares?

The New York Times is available all around town.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Liberty Press & Bakery

The Liberty Press and F&B Bakery are in the heart of town.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mack Trucks on Route 52

The Mack B Model was a heavy truck made between 1949 and 1965.

Every time I passed by this place, I wanted to stop and look at the trucks. Yesterday I finally did. I spent a lot of time looking at the details and admiring the trucks, which were in very good shape, protected somewhat from the elements.

Friday, June 20, 2008

My 1st Sky Watch Friday!

Driving in the foothills of the Catskill Mtns. I noticed these fantastic clouds.

Trucks in Vacant Lot

A couple of cab-less trucks that look interesting. I forget what they call these. the back (storage) end of a big rig?

I like the fading flamingo, which you can hardly see, under the nice Florida script. (Click to enlarge.)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Prediction: Many Amusements

This old postcard of Liberty NY predicted many amusements were on the way.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

House on Old Loomis Road

This house has been partially renovated, and these nifty initials were added, but much time has passed and no one has moved in.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Our Lady of the Propane Tank

Please protect us from any harm propane might do us. amen.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Farmer's Market

One of the regular vendors at the market, Tim the veggie man.

(Click to enlarge)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Road Trip to Jeffersonville, NY

Sorry about gas. Welcome to Main Street, Jeffersonville.

Pedestrian bridge in Jeffersonville.

Jeffersonville is a few miles down the road from Liberty. Jeff has its own radio station, a big grocery store, health food store, ice cream parlor, a Library, restaurants, drugstore, gift shops, hardware store, thrift shop and more. It has personality. Jeffersonville was featured in a reality TV show where towns got major makeovers.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bridge at Lazy Pond

Lazy Pond B&B, Old Loomis Road, Liberty, NY

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Zip Code 12754

The Post office is located at 19 Chestnut Street, (which is State Route 52) in Liberty. Interesting apartment building in foreground (on left.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cool Refuge

This front porch belongs to a house hidden away behind Main Street. Although it has no land to speak of, it manages to feel like it's far away from Main Street.And it looks cool in there on the hottest day.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Broomstick on Main Street

Unusual Antiques and Magical Goods.

Close up of window display.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sunflower of Liberty

The Sunflower Health Food Shop on Main Street.

I like the new smoothie bar. Refreshing!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Around the Town

Every so often I walk around town with camera in hand saying hello to almost every single person I walk past. It's not really an experiment or anything, but most of the people I talk to have something nice to say and agree to have their picture taken for the blog. It was lunchtime so a lot of people were on the street and in the restaurants. This was my favorite pic of the day.

(Click image to enlarge)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Two Blocks of Orange

While walking to the local farmer's market I spotted this great garment and thought: "this is something for my orange post!" (Earlier I had assumed I'd put an actual orange someplace in town and photograph it.) Now I didn't need to.

Almost right next door to orange garment was orange snow shovel, which was even more interesting on an 80 degree day.

Once I got to the farmer's market I figured what the heck, take a picture of this.

And then I spotted something I'd never seen before - 'johnny jump ups' with an orange petal! I thought they were lovely and two other people joined me in praising them to the farmer who was minding the stand. It would have been so easy for him to sell a bunch of them to each of us, because we were all seriously considering it. But then he did something that amazed all three of us. He criticized them, called them ugly basically, but he took a few paragraphs to explain why he thought they were so unappealing and then said he much preferred the "normal" ones. We 'possible customers' looked at each other with a WTH? look, and wandered off as the farmer stood holding up his 'normal' flowers and admiring them. Oh well. I kind of wanted some of the 'abnormal' ones, but didn't want to say " I'll take a pot of the ugly flowers." Sheesh.

Johnny jump ups are also known as pansies, violas, and wild pansy.

Sunday, June 1, 2008