Wednesday, April 17, 2013

News from the roof farm



Microgreens are standing shoulder to shoulder. This is the spicy mix from Botanical Interests.


I picked all the kale flowers last night. We ate them, quick-pickled, in Vietnamese leaf wraps.


I sipped and gin and tonic as I watered the lettuces, the fava beans and peas (the last two very slow to emerge, a bit concerning...)


And I looked at the new rooftops across the street where the Amity Street Horror is still being transformed into luxury residences complete with private...er...outdoor shower, and the glassy penthouses of the brand new Henry Street townhouses, whose construction brings a daily wake up call of pneumatic drills digging holes for sewer lines, and the occasional hitting of a water main. They are just about done. Soon, we will have neighbours.

I am grateful for the street oak trees whose leaves (if they have survived their brutal treatment during construction) will give us all some privacy.

(Except that showering person...)

11 comments:

  1. Wow. Fancy. Neighborhood's going upscale. There's a certain frisson that goes with showering outdoors...but not sure I need my neighbor being a globally recognized blogger. :P

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  2. All of our peas just showed up last week, always get a bit worried waiting for the last ones to show up. Excited to watch the progress of yours. :)

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  3. Your right- the shower is a bit confusing up there. But I love the micro-greens. Looking so healthy and well, green.

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  4. Looks like there might be a hot tub behind the partition, so.............when he/she gets out they run right to the shower! Hmmmm, wonder what they'll be wearing!

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  5. I love an outdoor shower, but i bet they didn't consider the views from other buildings when they put up that supposedly "private" screen! Now you have another amenity to offer voyeuristic cat sitters.

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  6. That looks like a gooseneck enamel barn light fixture to me.

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  7. Marie is that a giant "scare the pigeons" plastic owl perched above and to the right of the new neighbors' shower?

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    1. Indeed it is. The hospital building over the road has a wild flock and nearby rooftop has racing pigeons. A local American kestrel bomb's the pigeon babies every now and then, and there is an occasional red tailed hawk.

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  8. Yes,I too wonder if they considered all view point when designing the shower enclosure...

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  9. Marie: As a fellow G & T drinker I wondered if you had tried the South African Gin, distilled in Stilbaai called Inveroche. They do 3 gins, one called Gin Amber is the colour of whisky and made with fynbos and citrus, in a beautiful bottle. Well worth trying also is FEVER TREE tonic, made with no artificial sweeteners and very fragrant they are the ULTIMATE G & T.

    From a fellow South Afican living in rural Hampshire. UK
    Tamara

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    1. Thanks, Tamara - no, I did not know about them!

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