Autumn

Halloween is over with and the leaves are finally starting to fall.

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This pumpkin has a curious nose.

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One of the best bits of Halloween is getting candy… my daughter say they were allowed to eat as much as they wanted…oh my!

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The Winesap apples have finally arrived and are very crispy and tasty.

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I currently have an obsession with dried up dahlias…

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almost time to chuck them.

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A fallen leaf on 20th street.

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Stuff from a garden on Long Island

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and acorn cups.

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An arrangement of acorn cups and rosehips in a cup by my assistant (aged 3). Doesn’t it look like a weird clock-face in the acorn cup upper left?

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and the joy of fallen leaves…

October

October is one of my favorite months – the beginning of the turning of the year and a little bit decaying and mystical…

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Nothing like an old baking sheet background for gloomy…

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This is a sunflower squash

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posing as a space alien.

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These are some pears

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and more pears

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and a pomegranate from a street cart and flowers from Bobby’s garden.

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Some meadow flowers hanging on to summer at the green market

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so joyful.

5135D877-5FF6-473E-A165-D58EC057EBBAbut pumpkin season is upon us

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and an eggplant with some sort of message –

when we get to the beach

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Almost Autumn

I managed to get separated from my blog – or the log in to the same…

Anyway, my friend Gracie moved to Long Beach where people were training as life guards.

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The summer went well…

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Vinny the caterpillar and his chums ate a great deal of dill…

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which then formed seeds and I got a second crop.

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The wonderful butterfly flower self seeded itself on the roof

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add basil and mint to the old Moroccan jug.

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Hydrangeas continued to enchant

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and I dried some delphinium flowers.

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We managed to get to Robert Moses three times

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and the grandchildren continued to flourish.

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Robert suggested I do a needlepoint loosely based on an old Italian plate. Lesson learned: do not attempt anything with lots and lots of circles in it.

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A peach photographed on a baking tray

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Some extra lovely dahlias Margaret gave me.

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A photo from yesterday – photographed on a cookie sheet. The chewed leaf makes it look as if it ought to be an allegory of some sort – oddly medieval.

A Surreal Week

The light has been extraordinarily clear and bright this week.

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A nice leaf on the windowsill.

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Same leaf on the windowsill with the light reflected off a new tall building blazes in from the north in the late afternoons.

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Our dim little counter gets lit up – had I known the light would fall there I would have arranged a better still life.. This is sort of brownish in honor of the meatloaf that is about to get made…

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Light on the High Line on election afternoon when I was beginning to feel wobbly.

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Last licks of flowers from my son’s garden the day after…

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Apprentice flower arranger.

So the week continued with lots and lots of walks and sights seen.

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A house to desire in Greenwich village

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and leaves in the gutter

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not to mention the hats on 5th Avenue

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and heaven in the New York Public Library…

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and an intimation of mortality.

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But the light! – and a man leaving.

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All this emotion and seeing things required a little respite in the form of Tea & Sympathy where we ate

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very stodgy puddings and drank tea.

img_4592On the way home I passed the Chelsea Hotel which is undergoing an extensive and much needed renovation – for good or ill. Anyway lots and lots of changes. I’d better get used to it.

February

Some various musing on a rather under appreciated month.

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This discarded looking glass just by PS 11 captured such a sharp image of the rather ugly buildings opposite. Blue plastic trash bags manage to look pretty in bright sunlight,

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This building in the east 60’s has maybe been on fire – or grown mold or been abandoned – or maybe all three. Deniz says it looks like buildings in Istanbul. The blackness is just like the abandoned Portuguese Consulate building in Essouira. Like almost everyone on the planet, I like mysterious buildings.

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The reason for this picture is the wonderful writing on the check. I did not set anything up as a still life. This is just what remained after I had eaten my pancakes and bacon and drunk my tea.

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Yesterday I walked home down the High Line and there was almost no one about – well of course there was someone taking photos who had color coordinated his jacket to look brownish like the buildings.

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See! No one at all!

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But some witch hazel with waving fronds. When I was a child some mothers put witch hazel on bruises. Not sure if it has any effect – maybe magic like Bandaids on invisible scratches.

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Well, one person in the distance…

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A full moon to dream on

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and a plastic castle to play with.

 

 

Florence

I first went to Florence in 1971 – ย a very long time ago. It’s where Robert and I met in 1973. We lived there for a while and have been back countless times since.

Here is a collection of photos taken in late October and early November this year.

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A stormy day in Fiesole

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and a persimmon tree whose fruits had been left unharvested.

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Also in Fiesole, pumpkins and chestnuts.

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Fish in the green water of the large fountain in the Boboli Gardens

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and more fish on a porcelain plate in the museum at the top of the garden.

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Such elegant plates…

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and as for the view!

When I win a million billion pounds in some lottery I will live in this valley.

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or walk down to the Ponte Vecchio

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and look at the river.

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I could live in a very simple cell

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as long as they sometimes let me out to eat doughnuts.