Friday, October 18, 2013

Here, and there, and back again


That's right. I am going to go on posting coy pictures of the cat until we get our bearings.

There are distractions that delay turning the garden and home photogenic.

And if anyone ever thought showering in a clawfoot bath is romantic (like I did), think again.

But we are inching along.

Last night's book party at The Wythe seemed to go very well. If you were there, thank you for coming! I baked four loaves of brown bread (see the October chapter of the book) and turned the November menu's  pork belly into rillettes, or potted pig, Five jars of potted pig were hoovered up over the course of two hours. The pickled mustard disappeared in a flash. Everyone wanted to know more about it. Also November's menu. The bread ran out. The hotel's restaurant very kindly sent over two of their own long brown loaves to fill the gap.

Then we packed up again and zipped up the BQE and over Randall's Island and onto Harlem River Drive and home to Harlem.

15 comments:

  1. A work in progress is always interesting and who doesn't like Estorbo? If I waited until my house was organized, I still wouldn't have pictures and I moved in seven years ago!

    This is the second picture where the window looks out on the patio...is it a step up to get there? Why is a clawfoot tub not a good place to take a shower?

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  2. More photos of Monsieur Handsome, Handsome are always appreciated by his many adoring fans. I took your book to bed last night and flipped through once slowly with care. I absolutely love it & actually gushed on about today it over at 29 Black Street - much love Susan & les gang

    http://29blackstreet.blogspot.ca/2013/10/a-delicious-life.html

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  3. ps. LOVE those big gorgeous windows - can't wait to see more ;-)

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  4. Just don't neglect the before photos so I can envy the after!

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  5. I shower in a claw foot tub -- just get 3 shower curtains to surround you. I am partial to the ones with pockets in them, keeps the clutter down.

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  6. Maybe it's my Safrican outlook (or inlook) but those beautiful elegant windows need beautiful elegant blinds, don't you think ?

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  7. oh, no pressure, just moving a household, attending book promotional events, and whipping out a little something for 250 people.

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  9. If my memory serves there is something about the height stepping in to the clawfoot, then the curved sides adding a lack of positive footing in a slippery situation, and then of course the difficulty keeping water in. But if your one for baths, you have a positive. But as we designed into my last reno, a standing shower and tub is a nice luxury.

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    1. I love baths - but the bath has not been re-enameled yet, as promised (the old paint or whatever it is, is peeling), and seems to be one of the jobs always deferred. We'll see. What gets me is the shifting curtains hanging from that frame thingy. They make me dizzy! Who knew.

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    2. Well Storbie looks as if he now owns the place and that's the most important thing - isn't it?

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    3. Small magnets at the bottom of the shower curtains will attach to the cast iron tub and keep them from blowing around in the humid shower wind.

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  11. Hello:
    If you have the tub re-enameled let me know. In doing research, it is a tricky process, often not successful....
    One needs to plan on a 48 hour leave, as the fumes are toxic. Yikes! GH

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  12. These photos of Estorbo make me miss our recently departed Boots -- who was a close friend to our late lab, Hobbes and a loving older sister to our now 3-year-old pup, Karina. Cats have their own special magic. I miss the purring.

    I can't wait to try the brown bread recipe.

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