Woodstock (VT…not NY)

This was from June 27—at some point Flickr will be caught up to our summer weekend daycations.

This includes the Billings Farm & Museum (a working dairy farm), downtown Woodstock and its famous general store, the Quechee Gorge area including Quechee Gorge Village, and a toy museum we stumbled on.

Woodstock reminded me of Cooperstown, NY—in fact, it reminded me of a lot of places.

Click for photos from June 27, 2010

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Hampton Beach sand sculpting contest

The winning sculptures are listed here.

Click for photos from June 26, 2010

Kevin’s 17th Birthday

We had to celebrate Kevin’s birthday early because he had a school band conflict on the actual day. Bill happened to be visiting that weekend for the craic.

Click for photos from June 19, 2010

June fun

On Saturday, June 12, we took Mom to the Biggest Little Irish Festival in the World in Dover, NH. It was little. And a rainy day.

We watched a few performances, snacked on some food, and then headed further east to Fuller Gardens in North Hampton, NH (a mini version of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden). From my photos you’d think I’d never seen a flower before.

Click for June 12 photos of the Seacoast Irish Festival

Click for June 12 photos of Fuller Gardens

Cliffside Avenue

Forgot about this one. And since there are no other NYC trips planned for this year, this will be my final post of NYC photos for 2010.

You’ll remember from the email I sent around last year that the old homestead had been in bad shape for some time. Here’s the Google map street view…

Over the June 5 weekend, Mom and I drove down Cliffside Avenue as we always do when we’re visiting, to check on the status of the house and the block and the old ‘hood. This visit was shocking. A developer seems to have taken over Cliffside and has redone most of the houses, including our old number 20. The house was almost unrecognizable. The wooden fence is gone, it’s been landscaped, has new siding, windows and doors, and the attic window has been removed. All the houses in that row have a similar makeover, and all have newly-paved driveways and new fences…

For houses that were built in 1925, they’re now looking smart and new.

Here is Zillow’s information. They value it at $271,500, but online city records show that it was sold on October 6 of last year for $160,000. The city data also shows the Cliffside Avenue median property market value to be $330,900. Fascinating stuff for one of the crappier sections of NYC’s forgotten borough. Wonder if this means the gun-toting drug dealers have moved out of the area.

And yes, Flickr is still behind schedule, but I have another script deadline looming and that’s taking priority.