Sunday, April 1, 2018

City Views, Country Dreams

Good evening from New York.  I would also like to wish you all a Happy Easter and Happy April Fool's Day.  

For a variety of reasons, it's been a while since my last post, but without further delay, I would love to share some photographs that I took at today's Fifth Avenue Easter Parade.


Let's begin with this pink clad Angel with the winning smile, and sensible footwear.


Lots and lots of flowers adorned many hats this year.  This fellow and lady were giving out some Easter treats from their baskets.



I always like the conceptual hats that turn up on Fifth Avenue.  The chap in the white suit brought along a spare hat for passersby to try on...and be photographed in.


More flowers.


The Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is a mixture of individuals and groups who like to promenade together.


I went for the back view complete with red backpack and cottontails.


The lady in the red jacket wanted to be photographed next to this glamorous duo.  Today's weather was mild, overcast with sun peeking through, and warm enough to encourage outfits like these.


Color blocking in several shades on display here on the zebra cross walk.


Lilies on top with a fedora on the side.


 Retro traditional, right down/up to the gent's hair cut.


This couple have a grand sense of style and humor.


The young lady in the center of the above photo liked posing for others while taking selfies.


Stripes, with flowers.


this lovely lady in turquoise with a great smile allowed this fellow in blue to pose with her.


The above folks have a sense of humor and an angel standing near, just in case.


This amazing conceptual pink hat was constructed from many, many plastic cups attached together with candies attached to their open edges.  Rather remarkable and a real crowd pleaser.


Glam girl wearing a glam girl chapeau.


More flowers!


This little sweetie in pink also was wearing old-fashioned white gloves, just like the ones I wore on Easter way back in the 1950s.


Ears, eggs and chicks!


Some sort of bird...


Throngs of folks entering and exiting St. Patrick's Cathedral, with armed guards at the doors.  What we get used to!


Colorful couple.  Hoping you can see the bunnies on their hats.


At least two types of style sense on display here.  


Lovely profile, with lots of ruffles!


These gents were having such a great Easter Sunday as the sun peeked out from behind the clouds.

I took many more photographs, but will not burden you all with more here.  I did want to leave you with a little Easter painting that I have already posted on my Instagram page.


Happy Easter to you all.  Thank you for your visits and comments.  I cannot promise when I will return here, but will promise to return.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

City Views, Country Dreams

Good morning from New York.

Yes, it has been a while since I last posted.  There have been several reasons for that long pause.

With no further ado, I would like to wish everyone a belated Happy New Year.


I will now backtrack a bit to let you all know that I had a lovely trip to London back in late November and early December, and was also fortunate to fit in a Cambridge visit.


I was mostly fortunate with the weather, experiencing only one day during which my umbrella was required.  My hotel was near the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum, and it was grand being able to visit its marvelous exhibits often during my holiday.


When I returned home to New York, I jumped right back into intense Santa's workshop mode, with days filled with baking, knitting gifts and even painting Christmas tea cup cards.


The 2017 cards featured a green cup against a red background.  The leaves on the cup were based upon an interesting plant called ivy leafed toad flax.


Midway through January, my laptop encountered difficulties, which have taken a while to be sorted.  During the interim, I have once again concentrated on my Instagram posts.  You could click here and see more of my photographs from November, December and January.


However, mid-January, I regret that my own life changed when I learned that my 99-year-old Mom had passed away.  It's been difficult to think of blogging, and even what to blog about.


Instead of my usual colorful fair isle knitting, I have turned to the serene comfort of this simple, soft alpaca scarf.  This sort of knitting allows my mind to remember the most important person in my life in a very quiet, calming way.

It may be a while before I will be posting again, but as always, thank you all for your visits and kind comments.

Friday, October 27, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good afternoon from New York on a lovely late October day.

It's been quite a while since my last post, and I am delighted to report that the street repairs on my block were finally completed.  It's been a relief to have normal peace and quiet restored.



The relative quiet has made it easier for me to concentrate on some fair isle knitting.  Some of you all may have noticed that I have added some tubular cowls and fingerless mitts to my Foakley Arts Etsy.com shop.


Chillier weather is gradually settling in, and it's been interesting to see changes occurring over in Central Park every time I take a walk there.


The Park's lawns are still beautifully green, and at last some of the tree leaves are beginning to change their colors.





Sitting on a bench with an ice cream cone no longer seems as appealing as popping into a cafe for a coffee or hot chocolate.


I am still quite devoted to weekly trips to the farmers market, and recently based a little watercolor card, painted for a friend, on a string of hearts plant purchased at the Union Square Farmers Market.


Here is photo of some of the mitts I recently completed.


Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors are appearing around town. Lots of orange on display.


The above photo was taken at the Union Square Farmers Market.  The following photo was taken at a much smaller Farmers Market held in on a triangular park just diagonally across from Lincoln Center's theaters and plaza.



Here is yet another sample of my recent knitting.  Knitting has proved a good method for staying calm while still staying up to date with increasingly worrying current events.


Some houses in my neighborhood have begun decorating for Halloween.


Yesterday was a very overcast day, which seemed to cause certain colors to became accented.  I decided to take a walk over to the Park to check on how the changing leaf colors were coming along.


At several intersections I was puzzled to see these large, heavy barricades on the sidewalk corners.


They did not seem to be arranged in the same way on each of the corners, and I wondered why they had been placed there.  Typically, around New York, similar barricades that might be deployed as a way to impede motor vehicles heading on to sidewalks (either accidentally or intentionally in our new normal) are somehow decorated to be a bit easier on the eyes.  That usual barricade placement is also different from what I saw yesterday.


As I continued my walk, I began to notice a series of colored signs posted at intervals along the sidewalk.  Aha!  That told me that some film crews were at work somewhere nearby.  I thought that part of their schedule might involve temporarily stopping regular traffic on some streets, so that the film crews could put down tracks for the cameras to roll on.  Those barricades might be put to work.


I continued to walk, and entered the Park, discovering that additional film crews seemed to be using several Park locations.


Perhaps because of the dark sky, and chilly, damp air, the Strawberry Fields mosaic had not drawn its usual crowds, so I stopped to take a photo.  I don't remember ever before taking a photo in this area.


My curiosity lead me over to the old Band Shell area, where the trees were glowing, and lots of equipment was in use, and also standing by for future use. 


One of my friends has been involved in filming a major movie recently, making use of some locations near where I live.  I am always hoping to come upon one of these shoots.


I had no such luck yesterday, and actually was not able to discover just what was being filmed.  I think it was for a television program.


The above scene seemed to involve some sort of mugging encounter.  I witnessed several "takes," and got the impression that more would be required.

Should I eventually discover what was being filmed, I will update this post.  Until then, this increasingly lazy blogger thanks you all for your visits and comments.  I will endeavor to be better at visiting your posts.  Wishing you all a very Happy Halloween!

Update...what was being filmed in the above photo was a scene from Instinct, a new tv show starring and produced by Alan Cumming.

I am horrified to update this post after this afternoon's downtown terrorist attack.  It now seems as if those NYPD sidewalk barriers might well have been a proactive attempt to prevent a similar attack.  What a world.