Thursday, December 23, 2021

Christmas in New York

 As Covid and its cousins lean into our daily lives like unwanted houseguests, never leaving and really stinking, sometimes we have to get out and see the things we love. Vaxed thrice and following up with a test upon arrival home we journeyed to the Big Apple for a couple days of Christmas cheer. 

It's a wonderful city for that. This year though, you could feel a difference in the air. Far less people than the usual crowds. Sidewalk extensions of restaurants with heaters and the masked waiters showed the change of the days. It is still a great place to be.

A journey to the Botanical Gardens in the Bronx displayed a wonderful miniature train show in and out of the mature plantings of the Conservatory. Walking around the city showed the typical surprises of architecture and eye candy of the Fifth Avenue store windows. It's mostly all there although I was disappointed that Tiffany had no displays at all. They were usually quite creative. Of course Bergdorff Goodman never fails to disappoint as the window shots below show.


















Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Looking for America

It has been a challenging couple of years. Despite the restrictions I am lucky to live in a not crowded state so that getting outdoors has been enjoyable. But I was still restless so this Spring I bought a small caper van. I explored Maine first and then farther afield to the Finger Lakes of New York. Just recently a Southland loop as I was drawn down initially for a wedding in Va. Here is a slice of what I saw in this beautiful country of ours. I wish we could come together a bit better...


Maine






New York

  Watkins Glen 

Taughannock Falls


Looping Through the Southland

A wedding venue ambassador
The Smithsonian Castle in Washington DC


North Carolina beach in Duck





Whirligig park in Wilson, NC
Household scenes at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC

Crossing over a bridge in NC near the Appalachian Trail

Nashville

Mammoth Cave, KY


Kentucky, Bourbon and horses











Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A New Perspective

 Clearly it has been a  long time since the last post. Somewhat because of Covid and some because life seems to go quickly and then grinds to a halt and then speeds up again. 

It is Fall in Maine, and although there are other things to also write about this section will talk about how beautiful Maine is in the Fall. I have been walking the dog a lot. I forget about the madness of the world and can just enjoy the Nature around me with my rascal dog.  The quality of the air takes on a fresh tone, especially from the heat and humidity of the summer. Some leaves have begun to turn and the evenings turn jacket cool. Layering is the way of the day with the mornings starting out needing sweaters and by midday you are down to sleeveless tanks.

As the birds begin to migrate I think of traveling too....

Here's what I am talking about-