Off to Explore with Billy...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Lynnie and I went to Mass at St. Catherine of Sienna Church this morning.  It was a very uplifting experience with Fr. Joe officiating.  He's a retired priest of the parish, who was called in to officiate until a new priest is appointed.  He had a very peaceful and engaging way about him and was very enjoyable to hear speak.

Then we drove to our friend, Bill's house.  Lynnie wanted to see the baskets he makes, so the got the tour.  He does amazing work in his house built in 1745.  He's been at the basket trade for over twenty years, but just got back at it this last month.  He does amazing work.

We then went out to lunch and headed to Mystic to the Nature Center.  We saw several interesting species, including several birds in captivity.  One of my favorites was a peregrine falcon which had lost one wing.  He was apparently in a dive and hit a wire.  He's a beautiful bird.  I played the falcon sounds from the program on the phone and he looked puzzled and started to "talk" a bit.  The great horned owls were also quite beautiful.  We walked the trails and saw a few hawks also.  I got only one bird outside, a cute little chickadee, building a nest on top of a post.

We went back inside later and I got a shot of a rose-breasted grosbeak, which Lynnie spotted at their bird feeder.  A sweet little one it was.  Not much else there except those specimens in captivity, including two toads.  There were a few snakes also, but due to popular demand, I haven't included them.

Then we drove to Stonington to visit the Old Lighthouse Museum.  This museum was located elsewhere, but moved to this site in 1925 and opened as a museum.  It contained many interesting artifacts of the whaling period plus much about lighthouses in general.  It's worth a visit if you ever get to the area.  We climbed up into the tower, about forty steps, and got great views of the Long Island Sound.  Another lighthouse in the sound was barely visible, but Lynnie, Ol' Eagle Eye, spotted it. There's a photo included among today's shots.

We did some grocery shopping and went home where Lynnie prepared dinner with the fresh cod which Bill had brought us last eve.  She used the bleu cheese recipe that we enjoy so well.  Bill joined us later for dinner.  We had a great visit about old and new and made plans for our trip to another lighthouse in Rhode Island.  We'll go there tomorrow morning.  I hope you enjoy the pictures and leave a comment or two... dream on Ralphie!
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