The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the flower stands. Just buckets and buckets of peony buds yet to open with people ready to hand over wads of cash for a few buds. I love peonies as much as anyone, but I just couldn’t do it. And so, I snapped some photos and admired the sea of peonies – hundreds of them – for as long as my family had the patience to wait around for.
Miss C has made the revelation that she could draw from observation rather than from her imagination which she normally does. This has led to her carrying around a little notebook and sketching things as she sees them. She drew a sketch of me sitting on the subway from across the aisle and has been doing self portraits in front of the mirror. One of the things I wanted to get back to this year was drawing. I keep saying that every year, but I’m doing it! The thing that has surprised me is that even though drawing, like anything, takes practice, you never quite forget how (much to my relief).
June is here. The heat has returned as well and it’s summer in New York. There’s a certain breeziness and lightness to the days that only summer can bring. It’s in the little things too like finally being able to open a window and watching the curtains flutter with the breeze. Summer is about slowing down before the pace picks up again in the Fall. Sounds pretty good to me.