I am very lucky to have today, and Saturday and Sunday as days off. Unlucky, perhaps to be relying on my little apartment's open window'd cross-ventilation and Vornado fan, but still...I don't mind relinquishing the extreme chill of the shop's air conditioning for this free time.
This morning I watched Roger Federer gain access to the Wimbledon finals, glad that I will also be able to watch that final match. Then, before the other men's semi-final match got very far along, I ventured downtown to the sublime Friday Farmers' Green Market at Union Square. The growing season is beginning to show results.
Swiss chard is very, very beautiful, with its striking contrast of color. Alas, I don't like eating it as much as looking at it, so I just took a photo, and didn't buy any to take home.
Radishes in so many varieties. The milder French breakfast radishes are my favorites, so I had to have some of those.
All sorts of peas were on offer. I took a handful of beautiful sweet sugar snap peas. I might draw/paint them tomorrow before adding them to the next supper menu.
On to squash. Summer squash and some other more exotic varieties. I took a few little zucchini, and did add one of them to tonight's tortelloni recipe.
Well, it was midday, and even with my layer of protective sunblock, I was feeling the heat, so I next decided to take a little break from the Square's market action to venture into the nearby Barnes & Noble shop to browse the international magazine stalls.
On the way way there, I clicked a few more pictures to show summer in the city. These bicycles were lassoed to their metal stands just next to a map showing various bike lanes around the city.
There were several of these mobile food stands parked along the same block. I wondered just how hot it might have been inside this cart, and felt sympathy for the folks who were working there. Business was pretty good for them.
Just to the right of the food cart I saw this gleaming bike, with the Heineken truck behind it. Both offered potential cooling effects. I remembered days of yore when I actually did ride on a bike, seated behind my boyfriend. Glad to have done that and to still be alive.
The third floor of the Union Square Barnes & Noble store is a rich source for international magazines. I was so happy to finally find the July issue of Country Living Magazine, and to be able to read the featured article about fellow blogger Emma Mitchell whom I was so lucky to meet last spring at the Selvedge magazine fair. She is a very talented lady, and this article might inspire others to follow their own dreams.
I also bought an early fall issue of Vogue Knitting magazine. I have lots of my own textile-related dreams that I am hoping to make into reality. More about all that in the following months.
Having cooled off considerable, courtesy of B&N air conditioning, I ventured back out into the midday sun, and took a few photos of pretty posies for sale at one of the marker stands.
I didn't think that any of these lovely flowers would have survived the additional heat of my required subway train ride back uptown and so I was content just to take these photos.
Still, I was so tempted.
What I did take home with me, along with the vegetables, were some little pots of rosemary and basil. They have already contributed to tonight's pasta. I don't expect my apartment's windowsill's light and heat conditions will allow very long life for these herbs, but how I will enjoy them while they do last.
I also plan to use them as subjects for some drawings. Nature is the perfect model.
It's been interesting to read other blogs from around the world during the past weeks, and to really see how this 2012 weather is extreme in differing ways in various places. How I do hope that New York will cool off a bit.
Otherwise, I might have to go to another movie before my return to work next Monday. Earlier this week, I cooled off in a neighborhood cinema watching Woody Allen's newest, To Rome With Love. It is interesting to see another example of Woody taking his familiar plot and dialogue bits on the road to new locales. I really enjoyed the popcorn, the theatre's air conditioning, some of the actors' performances, and a chance to see Rome a long time after my 1982 visit.
I am reading The Wind in the Willows, for the very first time, thoroughly enjoying its wit and observations of animal (even human animal) behaviors.
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