Lori Wilson Park might be…

Lori Wilson Park might be…

My fave park in Cocoa Beach is Lori Wilson Park, adjoining the beach. Right off A1A. And it just might be the the best spot in the very cool town of Cocoa Beach for outdoor freaks like me.

There are plenty of things to do and see in and around Cocoa Beach. I’ve seen quite a few of them. But I do keep returning to LWP over and over.

The banner photo is one I took a while back that I like a lot and has not been shared yet. I hope you like it.

 

Planning my next outdoor adventure, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Paul McCartney and James Corden…

Paul McCartney and James Corden…

There are several pretty good late night shows happening these days. I’m big on Late Night with Stephen Colbert. I like Seth Meyers, too.

I’ve enjoyed the little I’ve seen of James Corden who, as you may know, follows Colbert on CBS. I don’t think I’ve seen more than 30 minutes of the show, though, if you strung it all together.

I did take note that his Carpool Karaoke bit is popular and has featured some very able musicians. Some who’re definitely on my A List.

Well, this latest one is hella good! James got Paul McCartney for the latest installment!

Now, if you’ve read this far, I’m thinking you are a Beatles fan! That being so, I’m quite sure there’s no need for me to try and convince you that this video of Sir Paul and James Corden tooling around together through the streets of Liverpool is a very good use of the next 23 minutes of your life.

I’m sure all that’s necessary is for me to leave you this convenient link.

There you are. Enjoy the vid. It had this boomer and Beatles fan spellbound!

 

 

A Major fan of the Fab Four, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

PS: The episode of Carpool Karaoke was released on youtube on June 21st and is promoting Paul’s new album Egypt Station, slated for release in September.

 

Photo credit: if you’re the owner of this fab foto, please contact Ben

 

 

Farmhouse Rules is my new fave…

Farmhouse Rules is my new fave…

Loving the little “discovery” I made today! I’ve been enjoying several of the cooking shows on Create TV for a while. So many good ones; one I enjoy quite a bit is America’s Test Kitchen. I love that the dishes featured on that show are the hearty “real food” offerings that light up my culinary universe.

Well, I just happened to stumble across Farmhouse Rules on the food network today. Very cool show! It just might be my new fave! I like it a lot.

The show features chef and life-long farmhouse girl, Nancy Fuller, and her 250 year old family farm. (By the way, farmhouse girl is a tag that comes from Nancy herself.)

I like that the show emphasizes good, home-style cooking, is set on a real farm and features a lot of her own brood. The 13 grand kids, especially.

One of the reasons that this one really appeals to me is that it beautifully ties together two things that have become really important to me in the last few years: authentic, made-from-scratch American cuisine and small farming, or permaculture.

If you’ve seen Farmhouse Rules, you don’t need any convincing from me about how good it is. If you haven’t seen it and think you’d like to check it out, here’s the link to the site where can get the low-down on this fine offering from the Food Network.

May you feast on fine, fresh victuals today. And may the television programming you “consume” leave you nourished and enriched!

 

 

Renewing my firm commitment to stay away from junk TV, I am,

Bulldog Ben Basile

 

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

Peter Pelican is cruising north

Peter Pelican is cruising north

When I get to the beach with that camera in my hand, I see a lot of gulls. They’re featured very prominently on this blog.

I don’t get pelicans that often. They’re faster than gulls and tend to dive-bomb a lot, so getting good shots of them is not such an easy assignment.

This one’s not so bad. So here is Pete. Yes, he’s northbound. Probably to the Cocoa Beach pier where his odds of finding something good to eat with minimal effort are quite good.

In the meantime, he makes for a pretty good pelican pic.

Thank you, Peter. Happy hunting.

 

Bulldog Ben

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

Best Photo Never Seen

Best Photo Never Seen

It just could be! I looked through several folders of outdoor pix today in an effort to find the best photo which I had not featured on this blog before.

That’s sometimes a pretty daunting task. The lovely pic that caught your eye when you came over today is the one I chose. Not sure which photo would be in that spot right now if I’d had more time to devote to that task!

But I have a deadline, and here’s the winner!

And it’s a fine photo, no doubt about it!

I’m about to get off-line and get some shut eye. Just might be sifting through the photo box again tomorrow…

We’ll see!

 

 

One tired puppy in Orlando, I am,

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile

 

 

 

A Sad Reminder About Nature

A Sad Reminder About Nature

Those of you who’ve read this blog much know what a total tree-hugging nature nut I am. No doubt, you love Mother Nature as much as I do.

Having said that, the natural world with all its awe-inspiring beauty and diversity is like anything else: it has an up side, and a down side.

There was a horrific gator attack here at Disney World, of all places, back in June of 2016. I did blog about that at the time.

I thought back over that story when the news about this week’s gator incident broke.

We all love to visit natural and wild spaces; no one more than me. But this event has reminded me that we see our Mother’s dark side, so to speak, every now and then and we don’t have the luxury of getting the “good part” without the other.

There’s no need to get all the details about it; it’s kind of dark subject matter for me, but seemed important, none the less. (Partly because I’m a long-time resident of Central Florida.) But you can, if you wish, read more about his unfortunate story out of the south Florida town of Davie here.  

Enjoy your outdoor adventures. And be careful when you’re exploring Mom’s back yard. There are millions of other creatures who live there full time.

 

 

“Bulldog Ben” Basile

 

Photo credit Ben Lawrence Basile