Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lunch in the Country....sort of

Chelsea Gardens on 23rd Street that I've walked past thousands of times

proves to have a wonderful interior courtyard with magnolias bursting to life

 and an art deco lounge right off an ocean liner.

It is warm enough to eat kegeree in the garden under the trees looking at cardinals. The tablecloth is vintage Marimeko and I'm not sure I'm ready for it. I think the plates are Finnish.

This is an upside-down blueberry muffin made by me. The purple looks rather poisonous.

Very traditional pansies on a window sill

and the young cardinal on a silver birch under the fire escape.

What looks at first as if it might be a squirrel turns out to be a large well-nourished RAT.


  1. I love the black and white floor but those skirting boards are absolutely divine!

  2. yes, a sleek rat, a lovely cardinal,and anything-but-poisonous purple- Lovely post. I tasted NYC Spring!

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  3. Seeing that gorgeous splash of red...the wonderful. I wish we had them over here on this red birds anywhere to be seen here, sadly.

    That rat (shivers!) truly is very healthy looking.

  4. How nice of you to treat us to lovely NY images only to leave us with one of a disgusting rat! Guess we have to take the bad with the good.....

    Your photograph of the fire escapes reminds me of one of my fav pics of the iconic NY fire escapes.

  5. Elizabeth, your posts really do a fine job of showing just what an open eye might see About New York.

    What are you planning on planting around those trees?


  6. Knocked out by the magnolia trees, but the rat takes the biscuit. He looks so well!

  7. Oh my - HUGE rat! And he's so bold in the sunlight

  8. Nice pictures except the huge fat rat :-)

  9. I love the detail on the glass panels of the door. I'm ready to try one of those muffins but I'm not ready to look at that rat.

  10. OMG! How exciting about the cardinal. Not so about the rat. Ugh!

  11. strange to see grandma's tablecloth on someone else's table.

    love nyc in the spring, and i get to see it in 17 days! (but who's counting...)

  12. Fantastic shots looking up, of the magnolias and the cardinal on the fire escape - looks like you have lovely spring weather (it's warming up in the UK too at last). And I think the rat is sort of cute, actually :)

  13. aagh had me fooled.......always so fabulous to be taken back to NY....thank you!!

  14. beautiful poictures, what a rare sighting around here, a red bird. I remember as a child waking up and looking out and seeing red and blue birds all over in Tyler, Texas. Great pictures, scary rat! I thought it was a squirrel too.


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