Sunday, April 16, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Happy Easter from New York.

Today is gloriously sunny and warm, and so I walked over to take a look at this year's Fifth Avenue Easter Parade.  I will share some of the photographs I took this afternoon.


Lots of folks were taking photos of themselves.


The man in the red hat was ready to let you join his frame.


Extravagant hat added a festive touch to the little black dress.


Another opportunity waits....


It almost looks as it the vendor's umbrella is part of this gentleman's hat.


Quite a stylish couple.


Balloon hats were available.


That is quite a hat to have resting on one's noggin.


Eager to pose and please many photographers.


Momma is encouraging her child to pose with this willing couple.


This father and daughter were having a grand afternoon.


This gentleman will probably leave the hat at home when he returns to his office tomorrow.


Ice cream became a popular choice as the sun warmed up the crowd.


If you click on the above photo to enlarge it, you might be able to see that this lady made it from folded paper.


Several dressing styles sharing the Avenue.


Global awareness.


These cheerful fellows were passing out chocolate eggs to children.  I broke my own Lenten chocolate fast with a stop into the busy Lindt shop.  Delicious truffles!


Lots of bunny tails on this group.


Some bonnets were very chic.


Some bonnets adhered to the more is more concept.


The above chap branched out!

I am also going to post some more Easter Parade pictures over on my Instagram Page.

Meanwhile, I will close this post with a photograph of a little painting I made and sent as an Easter Card.



I wish you all a wonderfully Happy Easter, and thank you for your visits and comments.  It is my intention to be less of a lazy blogger, even though milder weather is tempting me to spend much more time outdoors

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  1. lovely to share the Easter Parade in your wonderful city.Happy Easter to you too and I hope you blog more.I love the glimpses of NY life firsthand.Barbarax

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    1. Thank you, Barbara...it's great fun being able to share the parade! xo

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  2. I always love your Easter parade posts. You show us the amazing, the quirky, and even the chic headwear!

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    1. Yes, Elizabeth, it's always quite a mix over on Fifth Avenue! xo

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  3. Love your painting and Lindt chocolate too. My favorite. Do tell. Did you wear a lovely bonnet for the Easter parade? It looked like a lot of fun.

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    1. Thank you Donna! The Lindt shop actually gives everyone entering the door on Easter a truffle. The rest is up to folks like me....
      I did not wear a bonnet, but did wear my fair isle cardigan that is mostly robin's egg blue with other Easter egg colors throughout. It was fun to paint the auriculas. xo

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  4. Thank you for sharing the hats!

    But I loved best your lovely painting, which was the feast my eyes craved on this rainy Sunday.

    Christ is risen!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. xo

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  5. As always, a great Easter Parade. Thanks for the pictures.

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    1. My pleasure, Rachel. It is a very happy occasion and fun to share. xo

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  6. I have been looking forward to your Easter parade photos! It was quite warm here in Toronto but cloudy and threatening rain all day (we are having quite the storm at the moment). I didn't make it to the Easter parade held down in the Beach area but at least they didn't get rained out!
    I look forward to some new posts in the near future. At the present we are awaiting the cherry tree blossoms (latest update this morning predicts about 10 days to go) - does Central Park have a big cherry blossom display?

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    1. Glad you liked the reporting, Margie. Also glad that the rain held off here until after sunset.
      Yes...lots of cherry trees blooming now in Central Park and around the city. Prospect Park in Brooklyn has an amazing Japanese garden that features those lovely trees. xo

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  7. A real sampling of the variety of bonnets and humans! Glad the day was war and sunny for you. Cheers.

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    1. It was a lovely afternoon with lots of folks just having a jolly time on the Avenue, Fifth Avenue. xo

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  8. I was so hoping you would do an Easter blog post. It's so fun for me to see what people in the big city do with their spare time! I love the Magritte hat with the green apple. Thanks for going out in the beautiful weather and reporting on the Easter Sunday fashion scene. I didn't see any such thing here, (I'm in Portland Oregon at the moment) but I did see all kinds of people hiking and running on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park. And saw lots of Trilliums and yellow violets. And many, many dogs, some of which had to be carried over the mud to avoid their newly groomed fur from getting all yucky! Hope you had a great Easter. Chocolate always helps!

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    1. Carol, thank you for your report from Portland. It's fun to find out what is going on in other places. xo

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  9. All glorious Frances!!!
    Especially yr watercolor.

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    1. Dear Carol, thank you for those kind words.
      As you'd appreciate, I think that many of us missed seeing Bill Cunningham yesterday. The NY Times Style section did print a selection of his Easter Parade photos. (That section is not the same without his input.)
      Glad you liked the auricula. xo

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  10. Oh I was so hoping you would take some photos of the Easter Hats again. Thank you.
    I posted an older photo of Watson and thehamish in some Easter fun.
    Your card is lovely.
    I didn't have one piece of Chocolate ! I tried to go to See's Candy but never made it, so I gave son a small market bought Easter treat. He was happy. I am not a fan of chocolate so I am fine also. For me a little goes a long way.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I appreciate your comment so much, Parsnip. I will have to have a look at your post, too. I did see a few dogs in hats on Fifth Avenue... xo

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  11. What a colourful and fun event! Thanks for sharing! And a beautiful artistic end to the posting. You have many talents!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for that kind comment, too.

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  12. What a delightful, colorful parade so pleased you took lots of photos. I love your card.
    Had an Italian made Easter cake which was delicious from my daughter and some chocolate buttons from Hotel Chocolate which are nice from my grand daughter.
    It's a dismal day here at the moment at Heathrow nothing on the TV worth watching so it's going to be a card making and patchwork day for me.
    Enjoy your day Frances.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. Hazel, we were very, very lucky with the weather yesterday. The Italian Easter Cake sounds very delicious, as do chocolate buttons.
      I am happy that you liked my painted card...and hope you have an enjoyable creative day indoors. xo

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  13. The weather seems to have improved!

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    1. It was more like summer than spring yesterday...it's bound to speed up flower blooming in the Park. I will investigate!

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  14. A colourful parade. Wonderful photos. Thanks for another glimpse of new York.

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    1. The Easter Parade is more of a promenade or a wandering around than any sort of organized parade. All amateur efforts are very welcome! I'm glad you liked my report...do have a look at the IG pictures, too. xo

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  15. What fun! New York certainly knows how to celebrate, such lovely bonnets/hats.

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    1. Keep in mind, Su, that I only show a portion of the amazing creativity on display at the Easter Parade. It's a joyous, friendly and fairly low key afternoon. xo

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  16. Dear Frances, thank you for bringing New York hats, of all shapes and sizes, to this little town out in the West.
    Is that a painting of one of your own Primula Auricula? One of my most favorite little plants.

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    1. Gina, I am so very far behind in visiting lovely blogs like yours...thank you so much for your visit and comment here. I admit that my auricula painting was based on lots of drawings in my sketchbook from a few years back. I so love the many beautiful color combinations these "painted ladies' can show us xo

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  17. Wonderful photos from your excellent eye Frances. Your watercolour is quite charming and makes me want to get out my paints.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. Do get those paints out. In recent years, I've sort of let my knitting's play with colors take over time I once gave to drawing and painting. I enjoy them both so much!
      The Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is a very special event...anyone can attend and participate however creativity leads.

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  18. What beautiful joyful scenes and your card is wonderful!

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    1. Kriss, I appreciate your hopping over here. My blogging goes way, way back. I am a pretty new IG participant, and wanted to share my Easter Parade views with each medium.

      Thank you for those kind words about the card. xo

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  19. I waited for your Easter post, Frances! I find this year's hats more interesting than ever! People's imagination has no limits...
    What a tender watercolour, I suppose you are in a creative mood! Hope also that you are feeling much better now! Hugs!x

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    1. Many thanks to you, dear Rossichka! Hoping you will also find time to click on the link to my IG page for more Parade photographs.
      Yes, I've been playing around a bit with the watercolors while also continuing to play with colors via my knitting. Feeling very well! xo

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  20. So glad to see that normal service was resumed with your coverage of the Easter Bonnet Parade even if I have arrived a little late for it.
    And what a lovely day for it. We are shivering under a north east wind today! My son zoomed back for Easter and has just returned to NY today. I hope the weather has stayed kind.

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    1. Lucille, the Easter Sunday weather was remarkably warm...not an April shower in sight. Today is also quite lovely...but chillier damp air will return for a bit beginning tonight.

      How grand that your son could fly back for Easter. What a fine way to celebrate! xo

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  21. Great to see the Easter parade pictures you took this year Frances. So many amazing hats....I especially love all the flowery ones! Your little watercolour painting is beautiful.
    Helen xox

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    1. Thank you, Helen! The Fifth Avenue Easter Parade really does have something to please everyone. It's so free form, and rambling at a gentle pace. Some is beauty, some is strange, some is traditional, some is very amusing...and there is more besides.

      I appreciate your kind words about the little auricula card. xo

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  22. Lovely Easter 🐣 🐇 👒 photo's Frances of the parade. I do miss wearing an Easter bonnet on Easter Sunday.

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    1. Dear Gabrielle, one of these years I will actually wear an Easter bonnet to this event. It is a delightful Sunday afternoon, with or without bonnet. Just bring your happy spirit! xo

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  23. i enjoyed all the instagram pictures and these too! I just love this parade and love to see what everybody come up with each year! So fun! Love all the festive hats and the springy outfits.

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed your visits! The creativity and joy apparent in this event is irresistible. xo

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  24. Some fabulous outfits there. It's a pity they don't have the same tradition here; I can see myself in some outrageous creation!!!

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    1. I just know that you would enjoy being part of the happy promenade. Seeing so many smiles can really lift the spirits!

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  25. I forwarded your blog address to a friend of mine who is a knitter - she is seriously impressed with your work. In return she forward the URL for a blog she follows - thought it might interest you. I visited Iceland a couple of years ago and people knit everywhere and the shops are full of beautiful yarns. I hope you enjoy this:
    http://icelandicknitter.com/en/knitting-tours/

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    1. Margie, thank you so much for your comment and referrals! I will definitely have a look at the Icelandic site. Icelandic knitting is so beautiful, as is the country...I have only visited there via blogs. xo

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  26. Dear Frances, I am not a blogger but love your's. I truly am a country girl living in the White Mountains of NH. No cell phone service or frills.You inspire me with your talents, creativity and kindness of spirit and humanity for others. Our country is in so much turmoil and uncertainty you bring a bit of peace and serenity. Thank You

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    1. Dear Connie, thank you so much for visting my blogs and taking time to write such a kind comment. It's so important now to treasure what is good about our country. xo

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  27. This nothing you see on the streets of Boråkra, my small village on the countryside :) Love your posts Frances! Have a happy weekend and take care...
    Titti

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    1. Glad you liked seeing a bit of the Easter Parade, Titti. I promise to visit your site very soon! xo

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  28. The prof and i come to the big apple in nov xxx

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    1. Yes! I've managed to get somewhat caught up on blogs this evening and saw this great news! November is a fine time to visit NYC. xo

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  29. Wow! What creativity! Thanks for sharing your Easter with us.

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    1. Thank you, Vicki. This event really does put "life's rich pageant" on display...and the joy it can deliver. xo

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  30. Thank you for all lovely photoes from this spring parade...other I see from you in Instagram...have happy week!!

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    1. Thanks Gabri, for visiting both here and IG. I decided to split up the photos I took this Easter so that there wouldn't be duplication.
      Yesterday was another lovely Sunday...but today and Tuesday we shall see rain. Good for those flowers! xo

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  31. Dear Frances, I do apologise for taking so long to catch up so much has been going on in our tiny corner of the world so I'm only just coming up for air again. I do hope you have recovered from your injuries now - it's good to see you've been out and about. My goodness, there are some extraordinary creations among those Easter bonnets - it's not something I'll ever be able to do! (Although Bee made a wonderful Irish bonnet at nursery for St Patrick's Day so perhaps a long lost 'craft' gene has surfaced?). I must take a leisurely look at your photographs and review of the Emily Dickinson exhibition. I love her poems though know almost nothing about her life. All best to you, Cxx

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    1. Chris, it's always good to chat with you here and over on IG. You have indeed been a busy lady! Yes, it's great to be out and about again. I've even been back to visit the gentlemen at the food cart who came to my rescue after that scary fall. I took them one of my painted cards as a thank you and it was grand to share smiles with them. Next visit I will be ordering lunch! xo

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  32. I'm way behind on my blog reading but good to catch up and see the Easter parade. It's always such a cheerful sight. Your little painting is so pretty. I hope you had a happy Easter and enjoyed some chocolate!

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    1. Gina, I am also quite behind on blog reading, and thank you so much for your comment. Oh yes, those Easter chocolate truffles have all disappeared...they were delicious! xo

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  33. How lovely to see all this fun and creativity - I hope you were wearing a nice little 'titfer' yourself!
    Warm weather! We were on a Yorkshire moor, getting thoroughly rain-sodden.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some bits from this Easter Parade. It was an unusually warm day...great for the finery. As usual, I left the bonnets to others!
      Hoping you will visit here again.

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