Veg Therapy and How to Try to Keep Semi-Sane

In these unsettling and most peculiar times I look for diversions

IMG_8160.jpglike contemplating a lovely dessert with blackberries and figs

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or maybe quinces – but am not certain what I would do with the quinces. I like the look and the name but not the taste really.

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Apples are easy but the Winesaps won’t be here until next week.

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Teeny, tiny pears all sheeny with wetness.

IMG_8161.jpgThen I’m delighted by pinkness and buy dahlias which will only last three days – but lots of nice things last even less time than that.

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Oh my! what a dazzle for the eye!

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The mescalun looks as if it has been arranged – but it hasn’t.

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Romanesco is worth mediating on  – all Fibonacci and architectural – look at the little group of singers at the top in their soft green dresses under the coral overhang – or make up another story entirely. Or, according to Mee (the friend who did the cookbook) bake it inside a Godzilla cake and astound the kiddies.

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An orange nose has poked itself into the ghost gourds.

IMG_8180.jpgThis decorative gourd is all warty and weird – maybe it’s enchanted. In the end I brought the dahlias home and took their photo on the dining table.

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And that was my morning avoiding watching the news or doing any writing or anything remotely useful. And so we go on!

Fall Thoughts – assorted

A rather sepia-tinged time of year – my favorite really.

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Last week it was 85F but time for raking leaves thought there weren’t enough to make a jump-able leaf pile.

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A season of very round things

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and more round things

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and a giant sunflower seed head.

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Time to get out the water colors and work on images for my Jane Stories.

img_3904-3And look at the light on Robert’s notebook!

img_3913Halloween approaches and Berch has been busy on the local diner window. The light was so clear and bright yesterday afternoon that the paint thew splendid shadows.

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img_3922In the later afternoon a walk by the Hudson. So breezy and clear.

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.

 

 

Saturday Morning

A hint of autumn in the air.

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Such a good color tissue with the sunflowers and hydrangeas.

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My friend Frances spotted Bill Cunningham who takes such amazing photos for The Times. Very chic in a French workman’s smock and very charming.

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Absolutely no filter – what on earth are these pears? From one of my favorite stands where the fruit would never pass muster in a supermarket – and all the better for it.

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Strange notice: ANTONOUKA dry but juicy. Very old (or odd)!

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The Bethel look better – or worse.

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But the star of the show are the pears with their speckles and gray leaves.

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So wonderful I had to put in two photos.

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Bread looking picturesque.

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And then on the street walking home, three paint cans just sitting there.

Summer Approaches

The Sound is perfectly calm.

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The picnic table awaits us.IMG_1003

No one on the beach yet and the water is chilly.

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to look for interesting stones

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to toss as far as they possibly can.

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Peonies from Union Square

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like debutantes in ball gowns.