Good morning from sunny New York City.
We've now entered into the days of heat and humidity. Dramatic thunder and lightening, accompanied by heavy showers, add to the excitement of city life.
Strange little City mini-parks contain exuberant flowering displays cheer us as we walk the hot sidewalks. I try to stay in the shade.
During my days off, I also try to stay indoors during the midday hours. I have a fan and cross-ventilation, but no air conditioning. This summer an unwanted complication has entered into my primitive climate control strategy. Maintenance work is being done on the apartment building's exterior. Teams of men arrive at 8 a.m. and leave around 4 p.m. During their work hours they ride up and down on complex automated scaffolding platforms, stopping at a particular floor. They use very noisy drills in their work. While they are nearby one's own floor, one is advised to keep window/s and blinds closed.
This gives an interesting silhouette. The noise and vibration of their necessary work really does disturb the peace.
I have tried to stay away when the workmen are very near my floor. It's more fun to meet friends in cooler, calmer places. I took the bus over to The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the East Side, and was impressed by the curbside plantings outside some of the impressive apartment buildings across Fifth Avenue from the Museum.
These plantings were very well groomed, and quite different from those plantings behind the fence at Shermsn Square.
It was great fun to meet a friend at the Met and see some excellent exhibits featuring Pre-Raphaelite art, William Morris wallpaper, Byzantine design, and Indian miniature paintings inspired by ragas. Each of these exhibits was beautiful and peaceful, and contained lots of imagery based on nature.
I returned home after 4 p.m. and continued with my current knitting project. Yes, I am knitting with wool.
Using a cool blue and green color assortment seems more comfortable than using firey reds.
I like the notion that I might also be inspired by nature.
This project is being knitted as a tube on a circular needle. I will eventually use that tricky kitchener stitch to attach the ends of the tube to create a cowl. The cowl will be going into my Etsy shop. Cooler weather will arrive.
New York City has complex rules for curbside parking. I cannot understand why anyone would want to own a car in this city, although many folks do own cars. I rely on public transportation and my two feet, but sometimes take a cab.
This week as the sun goes down I have seen a vast array of taxis parked on my street.
The reason for this is the observance of Ramadan by the drivers of these cabs. There is a mosque in the neighborhood.
I hope that you all will enjoy seeing some of these summer city views. It has been a pleasure to see your comments and to see some new followers, too. Thank you so much for your response to my last post's tribute to Paul Mazursky.