Friday, April 22, 2011

City Views, Country Dreams

Hello from New York on a very chilly April afternoon.

Easter is almost here, and I have taken on a small supply of Cadbury creme eggs in anticipation of the end of my Lenten vow to eat no chocolate. With less than 48 hours to go, I think I will be able to resist the temptation.

I have also been painting some cards and would like to share one with you all.

Now, let me share a few photos that I took during my errand rounds today. The tulips along Park Avenue are asking for warmer weather before they start their spectacular annual show. When the colors finally are released, I will try to get back over to the East Side for a proper follow up view.

I passed by a little antique shop in my neighborhood that always puts on a good window show to celebrate certain holidays. The following picture shows just a few of the many bunnies that were in the frame. I tried to get some other photos, but reflections on the glass obscured the cuteness of the little decorations.

I also wanted to show you all the entrance way to my very favorite flower shop. Just walking past the open doorway of this tiny shop will give anyone a wonderful gift of floral scents as well as a fine view of the visual treats for sale. The folks who work there are very pleasant and quite talented at creating unusual arrangements. It is hard to resist a purchase!

And finally, I thought this whimsical magazine cover would make you all smile. The artist is Maira Kalman.

I wish you all a wonderful Easter Weekend, and hope that our own New York weekend will not be as damp as some forecasters have warned.


  1. Lovely pictures, Frances, from your local trip to the shops. I hope you bought yourself a bunch of flowers for Easter.
    Have a happy weekend.

  2. From one single woman to another, I wish you a happy Easter and a good weekend.

  3. Apart from several tornadoes we have had some very sunny weather and expect it to be in the 80s for the next two days. My daughter in Nashville, which is not really that far away, says it has been raining almost nonstop for two weeks. Big cities like New York and Paris have such lovely flower shops – here in the Atlanta suburb to look at flowers we have to look in people’s yards. Last time we were in NYC (last October) I stopped at so many flowers shops to take pictures. There was one on Broadway and, can’t remember, maybe W 75 Street or thereabout, had so many sunflowers it was warming up the whole sidewalk. Have a nice Easter Frances and thank you for coming to my blog, I appreciate it.

  4. Frances, your paintings give such joy. I have one that you sent me in my study, and love looking at it.

  5. Your painted cards are exquisite, F.

    Have yourself a lovely Easter weekend


  6. The pictures are lovely and give a real sense of walking through the city. I wish you would send the rain here - it is unseasonably hot and dry, and we are spending far too much time watering for the time of year.

    Pomona x

  7. Dear Frances,

    I hope the people from the weather forecast are wrong and you will get a lovely sunny Easter! I wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

    Lieve groet,

    Madelief x

  8. I see that I nearly missed your Washington Post, if you will pardon the pun! I hope that your galleries are safe and the jobs that go with them.

    I do love NY at Easter, I feel a real connection with the place and yesterday came across our holiday photos of our times there. Now I have to make do with my virtual visits so thank you for enabling me to see the places I love.

  9. Oh, I nearly forgot to say how much I enjoyed seeing your Easter greeting, Happy Easter to you Frances. x

  10. Happy Easter Frances. I hope you have some warmer spring like weather for the holiday. It has been like summer here- we had our supper outside and sat in the garden til 8 pm. Thank you for your recent kind comment on my blog.

  11. What a lovely card! I see your spring is somewhat behind ours, we are having a mini-heatwave over here, more like June than April - but, noentheless, it's good to see you getting blossom & tulips after your horrid winter. A Happy Easter to you & enjoy those creme eggs. ♫

  12. If you go back and shoot the windows at night you won't get those annoying reflection Frances.
    Fun to see New York's show of bunnies.
    I've been out hunting but only found a blue bunny at Bergdorfs.
    Must search harder!

  13. Thanks for sharing the card Frances. And a Happy Easter! Hope you are enjoying the eggs. Tulips look a bit glum. Our have been out for a couple of weeks here. Your spring must be delayed!

  14. Further to your comment on my blog, it's the Sunday Telegraph!

    Pomona x

  15. Dear Frances,

    Thank you, and for the pretty Easter card. Do hope you are enjoying all the yummy choc Easter eggs.

    We have a similar flower shop here in the village Frances, and yes, difficult not to buy.!

    Love the shop window with Easter Bunny, reminds me of years ago when I saw a cute display one in the window of a confectioners, popped in and enquired to the owner of that shop could I buy, sadly that bunny was not for sale.

    The weather has been extremely hot here Frances, but a little cooler today.

    Thank you for the sweet card Frances. Enjoy the bank holiday Monday.


  16. Frances, forgot to mention, love the cover of that New Yorker Magazine.!


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