Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August Still Life

{Collected Objects from the Weekend}





The apartment hunt began in earnest. In our quest for space and sunlight we left Manhattan behind and crossed the East River like urban voyageurs, heading east, east. And behold the discoveries: leafy tree-lined side streets, wild edible purslane growing in the sidewalks, respite from the heat with iced tea, a beloved Brooklynite cousin and a paper-wrapped bánh mì sandwich (the lunchtime lovechild of French colonial Vietnam, which P. declared a "game-changer"). And I may or may not have splurged on a bar of wickedly 'spency, wickedly delicious Mast Bros. chocolate.

We returned home to the farm exhausted, full of good food, excited. And at the farm, more late-summer discoveries: early heirloom tomatoes in the garden, flicker feathers at the bird feeder, my mother's old notes neatly penciled in the margins of a cherished book of poetry (notes she wrote when she was my age). And perhaps the most auspicious find of all: an army of showy anise swallowtail caterpillars on our behemoth fennel plant.

So we have chocolate, tomatoes, hand-me-down poetry and soon-to-be-butterflies. And quite possibly an apartment in which this blogger will finally unpack her bags after a year of nomadic living. A lucky way to start August, it seems.

21 comments:

  1. How exciting! And what more does anyone really need than chocolate and poetry?

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  2. I have a beloved Brooklynite cousin as well. Her Facebook photos almost make me want to be a city-person. Almost. ;) How lucky that you can have the best of both worlds! The city is much more appealing when there is a farm within reach for weekend escapes.

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  3. "my mother's old notes neatly penciled in the margins of a cherished book of poetry (notes she wrote when she was my age)" -- what a beautiful discovery!

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  4. I love your still life. And I love Mast Brothers chocolate. Wish I could manage to do one of their factory tours!

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  5. Your still life is beautiful. We get those caterpillars on our fennel plant too. My soon loves eating the seed too!

    ciao

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  6. Man, you collected some good, good stuff this weekend, lady.

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  7. i love your weekend objects! so beautiful.

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  8. oh the joy and beauty of fresh harvest. old poetry. found feathers. and chocolate. oh that chocolate! the mast brothers are my heroes.

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  9. A great collection, congrats on the move & good luck for the hunt!

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  10. A lucky way indeed! Good luck with the apartment hunt, looking forward to following your adventures to New York. Hearting the packaging on that chocolate (and bet what's inside is just as good - just a little harder to appreciate across the interweb!)

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  11. beautiful pics - everything a girl needs! I just LOVE the Mast chocolate packaging... I wish they would ship to Australia!

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  12. This is the best way to start August!

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  13. I love William Carlos Williams, he is one of my favorite poets :) Best of wishes on the apartment hunt! I just recently moved into my new place so I know how hectic that can be sometimes.

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  14. The most perfect gathering of objects for a summer that is middle-aged. Of course I am insanely jealous of your Mast chocolate-that stuff is freakishly good!

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  15. I love that caterpillar, it looks cute and soft. Moving in a new house it's exciting, always. It's a fresh start. And if you can add chocolate to a fresh start it's even more exciting.

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  16. they adore fennel oh they will be beautiful when they turn.

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  17. Lovely post - and I'm so glad I followed your purslane link! We have tons of it growing in the cracks of our driveway in Buffalo - I never would have guessed we had such a prolific source of Omega 3's at our disposal!

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  18. thanks, kids!

    A/Dear Frances- how bout that, right?! I had *the* best dish of the summer recently at Marlow & Sons in Brooklyn and wish I'd taken notes so I could recreate it: cucumber, purslane, cantaloupe, and some sort of light buttermilk-and-black-pepper dressing of sorts. If your purslane isn't too polluted-seeming, have at it!

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