Walk Brighton Project Week 2

Dream House

Walk Brighton Project

Welcome to Week 2 of my Walk Brighton Project. It is bringing a lot of excitement into my life of working from home and social distancing. I am always looking forward to walking new segments of my town and seeking out photos to take.

Architecture Class

I took A Crash Course in American Architectural History II – 20th Century from the Rochester Brainery. It was especially enjoyable to take this online class since I now spend a lot of time looking at examples of architecture in my town.

People

So far, I don’t see a lot of people during my walks around town but the few interactions I have (at a safe distance of course) are memorable. Maybe there are few people because it has been cold and I am a morning person and operate on a different schedule than most people. I have not yet told anyone I see around town what I am doing. I barely speak with the people I pass. I am currently taking a Coursera class, “The Science of Well-Being” by Yale Professor Laurie Santos. The class mentioned how interactions with people, even small conversations with strangers helps to make us happier. My in-person interactions are limited now so the simple “Hello” from a walking neighbor is a small thing that brightens my day.

Some memorable moments:

  • 1 year old blew kisses at me.
  • Woman speaking on the phone said to her friend, “It seems so funny to move out of the way when walking towards people. A woman just moved out of the way!” I was the woman that moved.
  • A woman said, “Hang in there.”
  • Man cutting a board with a circular said, “Hello.” It was so simple but it was memorable because of the tone and richness of his voice. He seemed very kind.
  • A woman looked at me strange when she saw me taking a photo of her house but we did not talk to other than saying, “Hello.”

Friday Afternoon 4-3-20 

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chelmsford Road
    • Fernboro Road
    • Ledgerock Lane
    • Ashbourne Road

Commonwealth 4-3-20

Ledgerock

Brown House Yellow Door

Hearts in Window

Early Spring in the Rain

Saturday Morning 4-4-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Towpath Lane
    • Clover Park Drive
    • Schoolhouse Lane

Toepath 4-4-20

Schoolhouse 4-4-20

Clover Park Drive

Statues Early Spring Garden

Lantern

Shutter Dog Cutouts

Pittsford Rail Trail Allens Creek

Saturday Afternoon 4-4-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Commonwealth Road
    • Chemlsworth Road
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Highland Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Beckwith Terrace
    • Cobbs Hill Drive
    • Pinnard Street
    • Bengal Terrace
    • Norris Drive
    • Nursery Street
    • Hartsen Street
    • Rosegrey Terrace
    • San Gabriel Drive

Cobbs Hill Drive 4-4-20

Rosegrey 4-4-20

Winton Road Brighton

Lenten Rose

Copper Detail Above Window

Stone Wall Driveway

Stone Steps

View of East Ave Wegmans

Red House

Red Car

prints in cement

San Gabriel Drive

Brick Stone Details

Stay Safe Brighton

I often see the above sign around town. My town supervisor is a tall man named Moehle.

Sunday Afternoon 4-5-20

  •  Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Westfall Road
    • Tilstone Place
    • Fairhill Drive
    • Evans Lane
    • Idlewood Road
    • Poplar Way
    • Glenhill Drive
    • Southwood Lane
    • Edgewood Avenue
    • Carverdale Drive
    • Del Rio Drive

southwest radius 4-5-20

Blue Turret House

creek

Yellow House American Flag

Daffodil Lawn

Walking Dog

Stone Entrance Hedge

Tuesday Afternoon 4-7-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Roby Drive
    • Veron Place
    • Avalon Drive
    • South Winton Road (County Route 98)

Roby Avalon 4-7-20

Brighton Fire House

Child Drawing with Chalk

Thank You Essential Workers

Brighton Street

tudor turret

Sun and Rainbow Chalk Art

Avalon

Wednesday Afternoon 4-8-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Bonnie Brae Avenue
    • Newton Drive
    • Antlers Drive
    • Buckland Avenue
    • Hollywood Avenue
    • Greenwich Lane
    • Winton Road

Newton 4-8-20

Stone Turret

Brick House

Red Door

Brick House Heart Rainbow

Lamp in Window

Tudors Walking Dog

Stone House 3 Dormers

Blue Stone Turret

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

 

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Easter Bunny with Basket Meal

Easter Bunny with Basket Lunch

I made this cute and easy meal for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Bunny – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter – food coloring marker eye, Basket – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter – food coloring marker details, Eggs – radish and green apple cut with a mini cutter, spinach, roasted garlic mashed potatoes

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Easter Bunny Egg Lunch

Easter Egg Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Carol (before the CoronaVirus). I often make holiday food long before the holiday. Maybe my friends think it is quirky that I give them Halloween or Valentine themed food months before the event but hey don’t complain. In the case of a pandemic, I am glad to have fun holiday food to share here.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Top: Bunny and Egg – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, pasta, goat cheese, roasted asparagus and tomato

Bottom: Eggs – apple cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning, sanding sugar, blackberries

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Walk Brighton Project Week 1

Heart Rainbow Door

Heart and Rainbow – encouragement during this pandemic

What is the Walk Brighton Project?

I live in Brighton (Rochester, NY). Due to COVID-19, I am currently living a life of social distancing and working from home. When I brainstormed ways to keep things interesting for myself, I remembered a story I saw a long time ago. An Australian man walked a lot of streets in his area. I came up with a plan to walk all of the streets within a certain radius of my home.

Background

I like to keep busy. I had big plans for 2020. I created an info-graphic list of 20 goals for the year. By the beginning of March, I had already completed 4 goals. After the Coronavirus hit New York State, I examined my list to see what I could still do. There are many that I can work on and several are related to being more healthy. Walking is a physical activity that is still available to me now (my 2020 goal to swim 20 times is put on hold).

Timing

My goal is not to be efficient. My goal is to explore my area and get exercise. I am in no hurry to finish this project but I am excited to get out there and explore new areas. That said, I am trying to first focus on areas that would be busy with traffic if we were not on a shut-down due to Coronavirus.

Experience so far…

I am thoroughly enjoying this project! It engages my mind before and after I walk segments. It motivates me to exercise. I get fresh air. I can be creative (with the photos I take). It gives me new experiences. It keeps me busy. It is a perfect project for me.

Friday Evening 3-27-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Rawlingswood Park
    • Kent Park
    • Dover Park
    • Cardiff Park
    • Greenaway Road
    • Walden Place
    • Cheswell Way
    • Penfield Road
    • East Avenue

Rawlingswood 3-27-20

Greenaway 3-27-20

Northwest Clover

tap maple

Walk along expressway

Butterflies on Door

Notes on Mailboxes

Chalk Art Person

Spread Joy Chalk

Saturday Afternoon 3-28-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • East Avenue
    • Knollwood Drive

Knollwood 3-28-20

Knollwood

Stucco Design

Oak Hill

Knollwood Stone Wall

Stone House Brickwalk Knollwood

Stone Pillar Lamp Knollwood

Sunday Afternoon 3-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Pittsford Trail System (Railroad Loop Trail)
    • Highland Avenue
    • Hillside Avenue
    • Winton Road
    • Cathaway Park
    • Morven Road

Cathaway 3-29-20

Hillside North

Hillside

Spring Wreath

Gold Envelope Mailbox

purple crocus

Sunday Evening 3-29-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Old Mill Road

Old Mill 3-29-20

Old Mill Road

Old Mill Road Green

New House Old Mill Road

Wednesday Evening 4-1-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Clovercrest Drive
    • Landon Parkway
    • Clover Street (Route 65)
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Whitestone Lane
    • Malm Lane
    • Shoreham Drive
    • Pickwick Drive

Whitestone 4-1-20

Whitestone Area Brighton

Finial on stone pillar

Solar Panels

Curve Garages

Daffodils

Shoreham

Thursday Afternoon 4-2-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Chemlsworth Lane
    • Chemlsworth Road
    • Winton Road
    • Maybrooke Road
    • Branford Road
    • Fernboro Road
    • Penarrow Road
    • Commonwealth Road

Maybrook 4-2-20

Maybrooke Area

End of Driveway Lights

Lawn Art

Branford area

Solar Panel

Thursday Evening 4-2-20

  • Streets Walked
    • Elmwood Avenue
    • Allens Creek Road
    • Brookside Drive
    • Meadow Lane
    • Creekdale Lane
    • Elmwood Hill Lane

Elmwood 4-2-20

House on Elmwood

Golf

Tudor Details

Brighton Neighborhood

Windows on Brick

Deep Blue House Daffodils

Curved Entryway

White House Elmwood

I had an enjoyable first week exploring my area. Spring seems like the perfect time to explore and discover the world around me.

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Rain Storm Lunch

Rain Storm Lunch

I love peanut noodles and playing with my cookie cutters. After creating my cookie cutter photo catalog, I noticed that had not yet used my umbrella and lightning cookie cutters. This lunch solves that oversight.

Container: Cloud box from Japan (set of 3)

Top Box: Lightning – apple cut with a cookie cutter, blueberries

Bottom Box: Clouds – black radish cut with a cookie cutter, Umbrellas – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

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Cheese Basket over Asparagus Quinoa

Cheese Flower Basket Meal

I made this lunch for my friend Carol (before the CoronaVirus).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Basket – Cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, roasted asparagus, quinoa with almonds

Top Right: Pecans and Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Flowers – apple cut with cookie cutter and dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, melted chocolate centers, blueberries

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Tooth Pizza Lunch

Tooth Pizza Lunch

I made this easy, fun, and delicious meal for myself. Hopefully I don’t need any emergency dental work during this time (Coronavirus). At this point, my dentist office is only open two days a week for emergencies.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Teeth – pizza crust cut with a cookie cutter, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese baked until lightly brown 

Top Right: Tooth – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, carrots

Bottom Right: Teeth – apples cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning, blueberries

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