outdoors

  • the more they stay the same.

    I’m in the final stages of working with a designer to move my blog to a brighter, shinier, all-around-easier-to-use space next week. The changes won’t be anything too drastic. But I’m looking forward to…

    September 28, 2015 6 Comments
  • sunnyside daffs.

    The sun was too bright for taking photos, really. But the giant daffs are already on their way out and I liked the way the intense morning light illuminated these cheerful fellows. So, sun-drenched…

    April 28, 2015 5 Comments
  • pigeons in flight.

    I get an occasional note from readers who are mystified by my choice to live in New York City. All that subway taking. All those stairs to climb. That small apartment at the end of them.…

    April 21, 2015 20 Comments
  • early spring.

    You have to pay attention to see early spring. In the city especially. If you’re not careful you bemoan the fact that it’s still chilly and gray without noticing the pops of purple poking…

    April 14, 2015 8 Comments
  • chickadee lane.

    I buy into every bit of fresh-start optimism that January has to offer. To kick off the new year on a peaceful note, on New Years day we went to a park nearby to…

    January 5, 2015 17 Comments
  • jump-start on spring.

    Who can resist the pull of the pansy? In just a few weeks there will be so much more that’s interesting at the nurseries and farmers’ markets, but for now there are cheery bobbing pansies…

    March 17, 2014 5 Comments
  • neighborhood musings.

    It was a weekend for long walks around the neighborhood and Sunday afternoon movies and making salsa verde with last week’s tomatillos. Last weekend we searched for bits of autumn, and this weekend it…

    October 7, 2013 7 Comments
  • summer fruits and veg.

    It never feels like summer has fully arrived until there are field tomatoes and peaches at the market. The tomatoes are gnarled and bulbous and leaking with ripeness; so ugly they’re beautiful. The peaches…

    August 6, 2013 6 Comments
  • midsummer magic.

    It’s a good time of year, this one we’re in right now. It’s not the midsummer of the summer equinox, but the midsummer that means it’s the beginning of August and fully half the…

    August 1, 2013 16 Comments
  • a watery weekend.

    Another heatwave, another weekend in Connecticut. I haven’t taken as much advantage of slipping away for the weekend since I was in college and homesick. But when you sleep in a tiny loft without…

    July 22, 2013 5 Comments