Friday, April 29, 2011

Meatpacking District

I don't think they were invited to the wedding

although they were all dressed up

 and obviously off somewhere


Tuesday, April 26, 2011


All sorts of little bits of burgeoning tree

have been falling on to parked cars on 25th Street (and every other street for that matter)...

... forming a sort of yellow confetti which looks specially good if the car has recently been polished.

The weather is much warmer and this Brooklyn inhabitant has exactly the right idea.
His cushion is lodged where the air conditioner will later be, from whence
 he can survey all that surrounds him.

Very warm last evening with mist in the air. The sort of day when
 the Empire State Building has its top stories removed.

Ah! the joys of blogging! Such a good way to meet people from all over the world.
Yesterday a lovely little envelope arrived from Isobel Bella Bheag in Scotland who makes the
most beautiful handmade cards. Her recent blog posts have been about a visit to
the islands off the coast of Scotland where they make tweed. A very different world indeed.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Brooklyn Sunday Afternoon

Took the 'L' train to Bedford Street in Brooklyn

where cool cafes abound.

Walked down to the newly refurbished waterfront and gazed back at Manhattan
 --such a lovely warm afternoon with everyone relaxing on the lawn....

 which was right next to a flea market selling flea market type stuff...

which, unlike lots of people, I find more depressing than thrilling, anyway

 there were lots of stalls selling snacks. Here porchetta rolls -- beautiful roast pork with crackling --

and people selling drinks too.


This last picture just for fun. Apparently you can buy a book by
Fiona Goble called "Knit Your Own Royal Wedding".
What will they think of next?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Bit Horticultural

A warm, sunny afternoon at last. We walk down 21st Street.

I like wandering about imagining what it would be like to live in such and such house.
This is one I feel I would be quite happy in. I imagine there is a garden behind the house too.

Kerria is rather a jolly bush --the same color as a school bus. It reminds me of English gardens.

A forget-me-not with a variegated leaf amidst the spent crocus leaves

Ah! The subtlety of the Lenten Rose.

 A wonderful display of Easter flowers at the much-too-expensive shop on the corner of 9th Avenue.

Happy Easter


Monday, April 18, 2011

Nyack Details

The season of street fairs is upon us.

Still a little chilly, but good to see all the people wandering
 in the streets with no cars to run them over.

A small Yankee fan goes for a ride.

Lots of bikes about. This helmet is extra gruesome.

Ah! Springtime up the Hudson!

 Everything wakes up --

 the ancient lilacs send out delicate leaves.

the periwinkle and the tulips replace the daffoldils.

 The magnolia dazzles.

The sturdy Public Library looks a repository of good things

and the Hudson looks wide as a sea.

More on my other blog 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blue Skies

Everything seems extra bright.

New blossoms on the trees, a new building on the corner of 25th Street and 9th Avenue
 everything growing and growing apace. What energy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Union Square. Friday.

 The irises rise from the ground to observe the very green chairs.

 I go to ogle the herbs --the curly parsley and the sage......

 If anyone knows where I can get fegato alla salvia (Italian liver with sage), I will bless you for ever. Sage looks so very pretty in all its varieties -- and has such a lovely blue flower, but, on the whole, it's not a terribly interesting culinary herb. Others will disagree!

Parrot tulips --how they yell at you just as King Alfred daffodils do
 --and how glad we are of it after a dull winter.

The diner on 6th Avenue around 16th Street has splendid seasonal windows*.

How the bunnies will hop when full of carrots......

and the goose will give an enigmatic carrots involved, as far as I know.

* The artist is Noelle.

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Again

Here are the symbols of spring

the chicken the eggs and the bunny.

Here are the flowers from the garden --the daffs and grape hyacinth

in little jugs on the mantlepiece

 in front of the map of Long Island.

Here is the mother-to-be opening her gifts

to the delight of her family and friends

and of course there was food.

All photos taken at the Jarvis House on the occasion of the baby shower for Karla Weber, Sunday April 11th

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A Walk along Broome Street, Soho

By late Friday afternoon the rain stopped and the sky turned blue

which made the puddles turn a nice blue.

A classic water tower above a substantial loft building.

Another of the same with bright puffy clouds.

But the star of the evening was this  -- probably the very worst sofa in the world.
For other shadowshots go here.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Uptown on Wednesday


 people dress up much more than they do in Chelsea

they wear high heeled shoes

 in an every day sort of way

 except men, who are much more sensible


 the Essex House

 rises behind the newly-budded trees