Back Yard Critters

Tuesday Photo Challenge ” Wonder”

You look’n at me?

“I got your back.”  One blue jay kept a close eye on me while his flock had breakfast in my  yard.   If I’m late putting out the feed, there is a lot of complaining by these guys.

They are not the only friends that show up every morning.

Full Worm Moon, Bike Ride

The weather looks decent for our first full moon ride in a while.  This is a casual ride on the East Bay Bike Path.  A good ride for those who are coming out of winter hibernation. The usual average speed is 10-13 MPH.
****If you peter out, it’s an easy return to the start on your own. Just stay on the bike path till you see your car.

When:   Friday, March 22

Where:  Rt 103 in Warren R.I. behind  Del’s Lemonade
(Set your GPS to 65 Child St. Warren RI)

Time:    Meet at 5:45 for a 6 PM start.

We will ride to India Point Bridge in Providence on the East Bay Bike Path.

The ride, around 22 miles,  will finish in the dark. Bring a light.

Register ASAP For Upcoming Group Rides

There are many rides and events in this area for all levels of riders. Usually, the larger the group, the better chance of finding people who ride just like you. Weather it be a casual 10-12 MPH average speed, or the intermediates who average 12-14 MPH on long rides.
None of the rides on the following list are geared to the really fast, head down, race to the finish line bicyclists.

April 14. The Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride.

For a modest fee, the group will transport your bike from South Station in Boston.
You take the commuter train to Southboro, pick up your bike and ride to Hopkinton, the start of the Boston Marathon. There is no support, other than the bike transfer. Your on your own riding the Marathon course. Safety is not an issue because every town has their police force and workers out preparing the course. This ride begins at midnight and the road along the course are deserted and safety is not an issue with 3,000 bikes hogging the roads. CLICK HERE for the Video

May 19. The Mattapoisett Land Trust Tour de Creme. Mile options are 5-10-15-25-50. Fee is $1 per mile at registration. This one fill up quickly. Watch our pages for open registration.  CLICK HERE for the video.

Ten Speed Spoke bike shop in Newport. Longest Day of the Year Ride.  It’s the Thursday closest to the Summer Solstice. Probably on June 20th.  CLICK HERE for the video.

Tuesday Photo Challenge.

It’s not often that my cover photo fits the weekly photo challenge of “Round” , suggested by Dutch Goes the Photo

Palmer’s Island Lighthouse in the harbor of New Bedford, MA. USA


A lighthouse was built on the northern point of the island for $1,951 by Charles M. Pierce, a mason. It was first lighted on August 30, 1849, by William Sherman (sometimes spelled Shearman), the  keeper. The 24-foot tower was built of rubblestone, with wooden windows and floors.


Tuesday’s photo challenge #149 Layers

There was definitely a pecking order as these gulls approached the food.  The dominant gulls would go to the head of the line and the others would back off, (or up) until the coast was clear of the stronger birds.  Others watched and waited.


Hand feeding the gulls


Academy Awards.

can you ever forgive me
“Can You Ever Forgive Me” is the movie of all the nominees I enjoyed the most. It’s even better than Vice for me. I think it will be shut out of this years awards. But you never really know.

I am a big fan of the award shows.  The Grammy’s, the Golden Globes and especially the Academy Awards.  I have made it a point to see all the award movies and had a blast doing so.

Here are my picks for the major awards and also my  predictions.  I think the awards have become shy to pick the best out of fear of offending people who usually haven’t even seen any of the movies.

Here we go.

Best Actor:   Christian Bale (Vice)  The winner. Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best Supporting Actor:   Richard E Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me)  The winner. Mahershala Ali (Green Book) is my second pick.

Actress in a leading role:  Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me) . The winner
Glenn Close (The Wife) Both were superb.

Actress  in a supporting role.  Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)  I think the academy and I will agree on this one.

Best Screenplay: “Can You Ever Forgive Me”,  but I would be happy with “Black   Klansman” The winner.

Best Picture:   Either “Vice” or “Green Book”.  Both are not politically correct movies, so I’m guessing that Roma will get the award.  Black Panther was good but I would be offended if a CGI movie won. Giving an award to a computer generated movie makes no sense.

I think the academy will choose “Roma” as the Best Picture.

It took me three tries to get through the movie and  I really struggled to finish this film.    To me, this looks like a high school kids project done with some of his friends and family, filmed with his 1980’s camcorder. 

Cinematography: “The Favorite”  but it may go to a foreign film “Cold War” or “Never Look Away”

Director:   Spike Lee  (BlackkKlansman)  Definitely not a PC pick. That would go to Alphonso Cuaron for “Roma”



Tuesday Photo Challenge

This weeks challenge offer by Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo, is simply titled, “Surface”.

I had so much trouble deciding which photo to use picking one, changing my mind. Pick another, then another.  Eventually I decided to post more than one. All are from the New Bedford, Ma harbor.  Twice New Bedford was the richest city in the country and once the richest in the world.  It is has the honor of being the number 1 fishing port in America for many years.

Palmers Island Lighthouse and the Nantucket Lightship
Leaving the Port of New Bedford
Cargo ships are a usual sight in the New Bedford harbor


July Tour of the Erie Canal

#3 son and I have decided to ride the Erie Canal again this summer.  We have done a few short tours together over the years.  Back then, I had time constraints and now he has that problem because of work.

We are going to meet in Albany, NY, take the Amtrak to Buffalo and ride back on the canal, (mostly). I say mostly because we have the option to ride NY Bike Rt 5 which is state rt 31, in case of tow path being mucky due to rain.  The first time we rode the canal in 2008, it rained 3 of the 6 days of our tour.


This time around we will probably take eight days to ride the four hundred miles because  we are going to smell the roses, as they say.   The last two times we did this adventure, we put our heads down and rode to the next destination.  We never took the time to stop at any historical or quirky places.  It was all work back then.  We did the same on our Lake Champlain tour and the Great Allegheny Passage ride.

The Great Allegheny Passage
Lake Champlain
Riding the Amtrak to Buffalo