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New York
idler living in new york
Interests: history, italy, books, morocco, animals, gardening
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Rather a random selection of photos today - The season of roof gardening is winding down - but some little snippets from up there from last week I'm drying the orange cosmos seeds for next year's crop. The yellow things are dill flowers. More of the same. Edible flowers from Union Square - pretty but I'm not convinced about eating them... A sunflower head drying to same the seeds Gretchen with her feet in sunshine Percy from upstairs sitting in his wooden bowl and last a poster that had been glued up all ridgy. Abandoned reading Karl Ove Knausgard's My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The World Examining Works
Dear EB, for some reason I'm missing you! - and you splendid eye. As soon as the hip is done and recovered from, you MUST come to New York. Have you seen BobbieBeth's flower mandelas on Mondays on Instagram? I'm loving Instagram but rather limit my contacts as some people post every single thing they see....
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on medicine wheel at Be... Dream... Play...
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Your new rocker looks the ideal place to relax and read. do have lots and lots of books. Your updates are a great improvement. I always think the gray backs of Persephones look very inviting! Happy weekend ahead -time to read!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on DIY . . . Before & After at A Work in Progress
This is - ultimately - good news! Hoping all goes wonderfully well! oxoxox
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on walk with me at Be... Dream... Play...
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Sending love and greetings and loving your work as ever! oxox
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on how many moons? at Be... Dream... Play...
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I really am very ignorant about Dutch literature. This needs to be remedied Eline Vere seems to be the best place to start from your suggestions. Raining here. A good reading day!
Wouldn't be the beach without the silly seagulls. One once grabbed Robert's sandwich right out of his hand! He was comically furious! Have a glorious August ox tel 917 601 1530 > To:
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on Long Island at The World Examining Works
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Yup, seagulls are really so funny. And yes, we really need them in beach scenes. Hope summer is gorgeous in Maine.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Long Island at The World Examining Works
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I don't really like seagulls. They are large and beady eyed and steal your food if they possibly can. However you have to admire their moxie. Not a bad fate - standing around in shimmering water. Lori's hydrangeas took quite a battering last endless, freezing, horrid winter so she chopped them back fiercely and now they've returned with a vengeance. Barn red is a classic foil for green. Ah, summer! Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The World Examining Works
Such beautiful head coverings. I'm sort of agnostic about covering my hair - hats fidget me no end even though I knit them. We all have different spiritual paths to follow - may grace follow you on your journey.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on Veiling woman's offering at A Life of Joy
Barbara Pym is always a winner with such super evocative little details. Jane and Prudence is a treat in store for you!
Two books that spring to mind that are cold, cold, cold are Tess of the Durbervilles (the opening scenes) and the brilliant A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. On a more cheerful note, a lovely scene in Jane and Prudence (Barbara Pym) where a night is spent in a 1950's vicarage .....and the guest ends up putting her coat and the rug from the floor on the bed...
I have read her fascinating diaries and highly recommend them. Such a mind and such a life so sadly short. A really interesting post!
So gorgeous. Happy midsummer indeed!
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Suppose I say summer... at A Life of Joy
Margaret, So thrilled you like the photo of Mall House/Fairleighy Lodge drawing room - my grandparents' house. Photo shot in about 1952 when the house was about to be sold. So quintessentially English, and, if looked at carefully, a little bit shabby with too short curtains - but there are flowers and books and family photos. The Victorian water colors were inherited by my father.
Danielle of A Work in Progress has written very kindly about my work. Hit the link at the bottom of the opening paragraph to see the whole post! I have a book recommendation for you. Ruth & Gisela by Elizabeth Wix is a wonderful read. It's a mixture of domestic fiction and war story told from the viewpoints of two very different women--one British and one German whose lives will touch briefly and later intermingle in the most unexpected ways. I could imagine it the sort of novel that Virago would publish--particularly one of their older titles with those distinctive... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 11, 2014 at The World Examining Works
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Jul 11, 2014
Ruth & Gisela is the sort of book I was sad to have finished and as much as the story played itself out just perfectly, I wanted to know more, to have the characters tell me more about their lives, to know how everything turned out after that last page was turned. Elizabeth Wix was kind enough to answer my questions, and so interesting did I find it all, that when I asked her if there was something more I could share about the story, she agreed to drop by here today and guest post. This is some of the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jul 11, 2014 at The World Examining Works
What an elegant lovely supper! I hope you had cherries for dessert - seems to be cherry season here! Have relaxing weekend!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Baked Ziti... for two at A Life of Joy
The grandchildren keep themselves very busy. playing with yoyos painting abstractmasterworks building cities inspecting the bricks in the patio filling the watering can climbing at the beach and chasing bubbles. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The World Examining Works
I could live there too! What a wonderful place to visit.Happy weekend. Hugs.
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2014 on A step back in time... at A Life of Joy
What a super spot for tea! I'll look out for it if I'm ever in that part of the world! oxo
Toggle Commented Jun 25, 2014 on Red Brick Bakery & Tea Room at A Life of Joy
Welcome home! I bet you will take some time to digest all you saw on your trip. I look forward to more photos. I really only know Philadelpia - I imagine there is lots and lots more to discover. Rest up and have a peaceful and joyous midsummer solstice! HUGS
Dear Em, I think I still say varz rather than vaize, though I have become much more accepting of American pronunciations of things. Eeether, eye-there - nether , nivver-----no longer both me at all. Still a bit perplexed by Veightermins rather than vitamins! Vases are bliss but hard to get leftover stems out of....
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2014 on Urban Gardening at The World Examining Works
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I got terribly bored of looking at the previous nasturtiums... anyway, the roof garden and the tree pits are flourishing -unlike my writing or blogging... I have been smashing pansies but the results are pretty much the same as last year's... These are some bits and pieces from the roof. Light through glass - rather fun. Huge excitement - I bought two tiny vases - about the size they appear in the photos and have taken about a billion photos of them. I am meant to be writing an essay about "Why I Write" hmm.....not very useful when one isn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at The World Examining Works