Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

5/25/14 Sunday in Lockport, NY (Niagara Lazy Lakes-ROD)

Before Mass I worked on the blog and John watched TV. When we got home we had lunch, then visited the Our Lady of Fatima National Shrine. There were a couple different prayer services happening while we were there. Lots of people enjoying the cafeteria and grounds. To be honest, I wish they could have applied more of the donations towards upkeep than toward statues.

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Did you see the outline of North America in the dome? From the inside that part looks black. At first I thought it was old paint peeling off.

We got back to the campground just in time for the Ice Cream Social, so of course we had to partake. There we met Leonard and Donna, enjoying our ice cream with them as well as the Wine Tasting held in the same place later. We learned that the Niagara escarpment area is protected by Lake Ontario.  The lake acts as a heat sink; it moves wind towards it when the water is warmer than the air, and away from the lake when it is cooler.  This protects the vines from damaging frost.

Not only did we get 6 different tastings for free, they also paired a special piece of chocolate with each wine taste. Life is good! Amazingly, at the end John asked what site they were in. They are right across from us!!! Some coincidences are just too hard to believe. It’s also interesting how often we get to know people the day or 2 before they leave.

At our rig John grilled hamburgers, the perfect meal for such a beautiful sunny day. Lots of campfires going all around us. Good Times camping.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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