Friday, July 19, 2013

Cleveland Parks: Squire’s Castle

This week my aunt and uncle from California came into town. My aunt Jackie has been a big supporter of my desire to learn more about photography. She’s not too bad herself! She mentioned we should go on a photo shoot so on Wednesday I suggested Squire’s Castle because the last time I went with Macy there was a wedding and it started raining so I wasn’t able to get any pictures.

Squire’s Castle is pretty neat, but also kind of eerie. It was actually built as the gatekeeper’s house to what was supposed to be an estate retreat built by Feargus B. Squire, but it was never finished. The castle is now part of the North Chagrin Reservation. If you are ever in the area you NEED to see it, if not for the grounds alone because the entire park is beautiful.

There is actually a ghost story surrounding the castle which I think is what makes it kind of eerie. Supposedly, at night you can see the ghost of Squire’s wife roaming the castle because she hanged herself in the basement. I doubt any of this is true because it wasn’t even built as a home for her. I heard there was once a basement but that it was cemented in because of graffiti. I couldn’t tell you where that entrance is now if there ever was one. Whether or not it’s a true story it makes for some good folk lore.039

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Cleveland Flea

Last Saturday my friend, Megan, and I went to The Cleveland Flea. I’ve been wanting to go for months because it combines my love for vintage/antiques/handmade goods and Cleveland. However, it only occurs on the first Saturday of every month (luckily the second this month because of 4th of July), so it was hard to find someone to go with me. I was so excited I was finally able to go.
It was really small but I imagine now that it’s becoming more popular it will grow. They had a variety of everything, including local food including iced coffees, food trucks, and popsicles! It was cool walking around and seeing everything but hard since I’m living at home I had to be realistic about what I could buy.
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I ended up buying a pair of earrings, an old makeup case, and a pair of shoes. I truly believe I was born in the wrong decade.
Funny story: As my friend and I were walking around we went to one booth and there was a girl there and she kept looking at us. I was kind of weirded out at first so I didn’t want to stay at the booth. Later on we were getting food at the food truck and the girl was standing next to us. Finally, she asks, “Are you a substitute teacher?” I said, “Yes.” She tells me I was her sub at one of the middles schools. I thought she looked familiar when I first saw her, but I didn’t think anything of it. It was the second time that week someone told me I was there sub. Oh, what a small world Cleveland is.
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