Downton Abbey has been a popular series as part of the PBS Masterpiece franchise. If you have never seen it the first episode is available as a free download on iTunes (at the time of this post...that only lasts a week.) Just as the program has been strong nationally, it has also done well locally at the station I work at which prompted the idea of providing an opportunity for die-hard viewers of the show to take a trip to see the real castle where portions of the program are taped. Touring Highclere Castle are so popular, tours sell out quickly. In fact, tours for all of 2013 are already sold out the the guests that joined me and the station's CEO for the trip get a very exclusive tour of the castle. Here are a few pictures from the grounds around the castle. Photography is not permitted inside. Click on any of the images below to see a larger picture:
The tour of Highclere was the start of a 10 day trip around the United Kingdom. More pictures to come!
It's March, and that means it's time for lots of college basketball coverage. Despite all the interest in basketball, there is also some hockey to be played. The D-III tournament is well underway while there are still a week or so until D-1 gets going with their tournament. Here are a few photos from Oswego's game against Bowdoin College. Click on the photos for a larger image.
As I side note, I do enjoy basketball, especially at the college level. Oswego's Men basketball team managed to get to the NCAA D-III tournament for the very first time in the program's history. They won their first game but where eliminated the next day by Rhode Island College. It's great because there aren't many seniors on the team so we can look forward to another eventful year with the basketball team too.
For a change Michele, her sister Erin, and fiance Dan took a trip to Jamesville to the balloonfest. Here's a few pictures:
It started as a gray rainy day, but eventually the clouds began to break enough for some balloon flying weather. We left before many more balloons were inflated for full fledged rides, not just a tethered ride like we took. We also ate some deep fried oreos, so win-win.
The professional wedding photos have arrived. There are many of them. It may take awhile to sort through them, but we'll post a few of our favorites here. Maybe we'll start up a virtual photo album to keep things slightly more organized. More to come soon!
This past 4th of July weekend, we traded in the parade and the fireworks for a visit to my youngest brother, Mark, in Ithaca. We started with another trip through Buttermilk Falls State Park...
It's a weekend, and time for another trip...
Michele and I went to visit my parents. We walked along the shore of Stratford and clicked a few pictures for you to enjoy.
It's been awhile since stopping by Buffalo. Michele had a wedding shower to go to, so I took the opportunity to visit to friends that mentioned they were free while I was around. First I stopped in to see Chris and Rose with their new child, Sophia:
Then met up with Jen at Swiss Chalet for lunch. Jen was dying to take me here...again. She had taken me here once before on a previous visit. In case you've never heard of Swiss Chalet (and I'm sure you haven't), it's a Canadian restaurant which has two franchises in the US, both of which are in Buffalo. She was excited we were there:
Then, Michele and I decided to go camping. It was a fancy or involved trip to go camping. It was more a chance just to get a way from everything for a day or two. Our site overlooked Lake Ontario.
Upon closer inspection, that city hovering in the water is Toronto...
This trail is closed:
Yet, the very sign telling people not go this way was being used as bridge:
Also note, additional photos can be found on the companion blog "Fred and Michele." Yeah, we'll see how long I can keep up two blogs (probably not long)