Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cincinnati 1

cc An old Cincinnati brick, its letters enhanced by a Sharpie. It came from a chimney at Lil' Man, the shotgun I am redoing on Washington Ave. Other bricks from that chimney make up the Jerri Jones memorial and the community garden herb ring.

Cinti East Sta

Probably this stands for Cincinnati East Station, although When I Googled that, I only got directions to Penn Station restaurants on the east side of town. From the bank of the Ohio River.

DPBW Dennings Point Brick Works (hudson River, N.Y.)

I have found quite few bricks canoeing, but this was the first on a kayak. We were visiting our nephew Jeff Schafer and hiswife Jill who live on the Erie Canal i

ITHACA (Ithaca, N.Y.)

The brick is said to be quite rare, less than ten of them out there. Frank Clement took care of me. A great souvenir from the Spencer, N.Y. swap meet. My sister, Betsy, was born in Ithaca when my dad taught at nearby Wells College.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Janie Shaw- my O'Bryonville next door neighbor

I got the news this weekend. Janie had passed. She was 89. I had just seen her the week before. She was born in Alabama and had lived on Cohoon St. the last 50 years. She was a great friend and neighbor. She knew them all: Becky, Jasper, Sarah, Willie Dog, Hobo and the cats, Po'Boy and all the neighbors: Buck, Emmanuel (Email), Easy, Oh Boy, Miss Catherine, Snake Bait, Amani, Floyd, Ella Walker, Tiny and on and on.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wooden Brick Alley in Over-the-Rhine

This is the only wooden brick street that I have seen. News flash: Bill Ross just told me there are a few wooden bricks on 7th St. right here in Newport.

Wilkymacky Alley

The wooden bricks are right below this sign on Cincinnati's Main Street.

Wooden Brick

The first brick I grabbed at the Spencer N.Y. swap meet was a wooden brick. Jean Bear found it in Akron, Ohio. I believe they are made of oak and soaked in creosote. Jean told they were not popular because they would soak up the horse urine and stink.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Entering Canada on a bike

Becky and I rode over the Rainbow Bridge to view Niagara Falls.

American Falls

Late in the day a rainbow was visible in the American half of Niagara Falls.

Horseshoe Falls - Canadian half of NiagaraFalls

The mist coming up from the bottom of Niagara Falls

Looking over the top of Niagara Falls

It is almost frightening to peer over the railing and see a 150' drop.

Bit 'of Paris Motel Niagara Falls, N.Y>

There used to be many of these motels with their neon signs, popular with honeymooners in 1950's. Our room was only $35.