Sunday, January 2, 2011

Blizzard Dec '10

The pictures are a week after the storm dumped 20 inches in Central Park and wind blew some impressive drifts, like the one in our backyard.
Mary was buried up to her chin.

With it 50 degrees today, much of it has already melted.

Dutch Bike Tour

The only remainder of Dutch New York is a foundation you can see through plexiglass. There are reminders like the flagpole below, a foundation you can see through plexiglass, and numerous street signs. The art deco font derives from the flagpole's dedication four hundred years after the Dutch set up shop.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Petunia integrifolia

Petunia integrifolia or Petunia violacea. This could also be a hybrid Petunia spp. These grow wild in our backyard and around the neighborhood, though they originated in South America. The leaves are a light green. The pale center contrasts with other pictures on the web.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sabato di Pesto

A September Saturday was the perfect time to buy some pine nuts at Sahadi's and harvest the basil in the backyard. As for our other crops, the tomatoes fell to blight; and the squashes and sunflowers fell to the squirrels. But the pesto turned out great.
20 cups of basil = 10 batches!
There were 10 jars in all.

Downed Trees on Clinton

Our street was spared, but around the corner on Clinton, two trees in a row both came down in the tornado of 2010. Since this photo was taken, the stumps have been sawed to the ground.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Until Oct. 31, weather permitting, a pair of brothers from New Jersey will be constructing and showing off their incredible bamboo structure. The scale is immense, overtaking much of a segment of roof at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Although the baby couldn't tolerate much more than 20 minutes on site, he did grant us access to the speedy elevator while others were turned away.


No stranger to clamming, recently we tried a new way of preparing them. Baked clams require boiling first. Then they are covered with a mixture of cracker crumbs, butter, garlic salt, and parsley. With the final step, baking, they may have gotten a bit crispy, but they tasted good. Put alongside boiling and chowder, this is another good way to consume these wild caught chewy bivalves.