If you’re not in a hurry, and are yearning for a respite from the frigid cold, or a peaceful place to help forget about a stressful 2017, here’s a sampling of the pleasures at South Buffalo’s gem, the historic Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens:
With All Due Respect (and, wishes for a surprisingly positive 2018),
– The entire family appears to have survived three days of persistent snow and limited mobility, even finding time to enjoy what we all hope will prove to be the final chapter in this historic “lake effect” event. Heeding my teenage daughter’s constructive critique of my Nov. 19th post, I will attempt to limit the use of captions in presenting today’s photos from in and around our East Aurora home. –
[Click an individual photo for a larger view.]
Here’s a comparison of the view from our front door on Day 1 – when we were hit hard overnight – and on Day 3:
And here is the tale of my disappearing law office shingle:
It was a bit ironic, but a NYS plow sent from the Southern Tier to help WNY dig out managed to get stuck in a snow pile in front of our residence [we gave them a bag of cookies my daughter had baked on Day 2 to show our appreciation]:
We lost another tree from the weight of this record-setting snow fall – a tall, elegant pine. We witnessed what we optimistically hoped would be a reversible leaning toward a towering oak that straddles our property line. Things didn’t quite work out that way, but at least it landed harmlessly in our side yard:
Then it was back to work with the end in sight:
Photo by Coral C. Clarke Nov. 20, 2014.
It has been quite an experience – even for lifelong Western New Yorkers. Time seemingly has stood still as we struggled to deal with nature’s fury. I am more than ready to return to our everyday chores and activities (once those travel bans are lifted).
With All Due Respect,
P.S. In case you’re curious, here’s what our driveway and primary entrance looked like on the morning of November 21, 2104: