We are speeding along towards the end of February, and there perhaps won't be too many more days for me to wear these pale blue alpaca mitts, knitted from some lovely soft alpaca yarn and a clever Blue Sky Alpaca pattern 1250 that I was given for Christmas.
I very much like the way that the textural lace stitch detail also created a curve to the top and lower edges of the mitts.
Carrying on with some knitting updates, I finally redeemed another generous Christmas present of a gift card from a very interesting website Gnome Acres. I've used their sock yarns before, and am looking forward to see how this colorful skein will turn out.
I was working last weekend when some strangely warm weather slipped into the city, and was delighted that the temperature stayed well above the freezing point yesterday afternoon, creating a grand opportunity for a walk over to Central Park.
The snowdrops in the Strawberry Fields area just inside the West 72nd Street "Women's Gate" entrance looked a bit scrawny, but seemed to have outlasted the deep freeze.
As usual, quite a few lawns were fenced off for seasonal maintenance. It won't be long before these lawns will be full of folks relaxing and enjoying the sun's warmth.
It might be a while though before this vendor will find many customers wishing to buy ice cream. Other items are featured on the menu.
As I continued my walk along the western side of the lake, I was delighted to see that the bright sun, clear blue sky, and mostly algae-free water made for many beautiful reflections.
It is unusual for such photo opportunities to present themselves.
Although my pictures are silent, I would ask you to imagine the busy birdsong that accompanied along my strolling.
Lots of bird courtships were well underway.
Shadows were sharply defined by the sunlight.
I was very amused by the sight of this lady with her dog, each of them having individual appreciations of the birds and the lake.
There is something about the intricate designs of all these almost bare branches that remind me a bit of my twisted wire/tomato vine assemblage shown in my last post.
Although flowers were not yet blooming in the Shakespeare Garden, I did come across these red rose petals scattered over a part of the Garden path. Possibly a wedding had taken place there earlier in the day?
Some of the hellebore plants I'd seen on my walk seemed a bit worse for wear, post blizzard and deep freeze, but these seem to still have blossoming potential. I will return to check on them.
Walking along the southern edge of the Great Lawn, I looked up to see this beautiful sycamore tree, still bearing lots of souvenirs. I did pick up a couple of the quirky little seed balls from the ground as my own souvenirs of my walk.
As my walk took me past the southern end of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I was treated to a beautiful shadow show.
I was not the only person stopping along this walkway to take a few photographs. Perhaps if you click on the following photograph, you will detect the tracks of some sort of heavy work vehicle, that somehow reminded me of those mysterious crop circles.
And here's just one more photograph of trees and shadows, although I don't find the result quite so dramatic against this tall, windowed museum wall.
Returning home, I emptied my pocket and added the natural touch of sycamore balls to some stacked antique china.
And now, for those of you all patient enough to stay with me though this post, I will reveal a change that is about to take place in my life. I am retiring from my work, and by the end of March will be starting a new blend of freedom and responsibility.
For some months, I've been carefully considering this decision, and making all sorts of lists and calculations to confirm that retirement is a wise and feasable step. Although I do look forward to soon having additional free time, I will be sorry to no longer have daily encounters with my splendid colleagues at the shop.
Future posts will be chronicling some of the experiences I'll be having as I make this transition. Yes, traveling is in the cards, as is more time for creative pursuits, seeing NYC friends, and continuing to expand my curiosity about life's meaning.
Thank you all for visiting and commenting. It's quite likely that I will soon be posting more frequently.