Thursday, September 24, 2015

Coming to rest


Unconsciously inspired (I figured it out afterwards) by plates of French snacks that my friends Stacey and Laura have been posting from Provence and Paris, I put together a Brooklyn collection to tide us over till dinner, last night. Also, I had skipped lunch.

New York Concord grapes, sausage from Los Paisanos, mutt olives, and Emmenthaler. As cosmopolitan as Carrol Gardens, minus the strollers. This is a neighborhood of young children and their parents, and old Italians. We like our new neighborhood very much, but find it, after Harlem and South Africa, very white. I miss the mix.

But we will always miss something about somewhere.

We sleep very well at night - as in, the whole night through. No thumps and bumps and crashes from below.

I am still getting used to the character of the outside space. A lot of windows look at us, from the houses opposite, whose backyards adjoin ours, so it is not a very private space. There is Rosa next door, who seems to watch every move. We'll see how that unfolds.

I'll write soon about garden things; there is a lot to tell.

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16 comments:

  1. I imagine at age 91, there isn't a lot to do besides look outside and think about the neighbors. I hope it all works out comfortably. It's wonderful to sleep through the night, makes it much easier to deal with whatever happens in the daylight.

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  2. The value of a good night's sleep cannot be overrated, and the older I get the more I realize this! I hope this will be a great place to call home and of course you know many, and will probably find more, creative ways to add privacy to the yard. Next year you will no longer be a novelty either :) I'm looking forward to see how the space progresses.

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  3. I am sure you will find some way to avert those prying eyes :)

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  4. Your life style is so different from Rosa's, I'll bet she thinks she is watching TV. Plus you are taking care of the garden that was in such bad shape...She is just exerting her priorship to let you know her boundaries.

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    1. You are probably right. But this is not a lady who likes plants :-) Early days, yet.

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  5. I am happy for you that you found a quiet place to rest. And I have no doubt you will do amazing things to help make your space more private and intimate. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  6. welcome home ! & thanks for being my go-to for flora identification xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Susan. And sorry, can't help myself.

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  7. Perhaps an umbrella over the table? The light in the recent pictures seems so much better. That should bring it's share of joy.

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    1. Currently we have less sunlight than before (though more sky), as the garden faces north and the sun is not clearing the townhouse as the season dips. Summer should be fine.

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  8. Maybe some sort of Pergola. Cover that one in vines(!) Any sign of Petro lately?

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  9. I'm reading this from Paris now and saw your pic and said hmmmmm...saucisson and small plates!
    Happy you are home again.
    Hope to get a chance this apartment and finally meet up this fall.

    xo

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  10. PS the Grand Epicerie is doing a week of Brooklyn Gourmand.....all products from Brooklyn.
    How ridiculous and nice at the same time. I will stick w/ the Bourdier butter and Rodel sardines.
    :)

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  11. "But we will always miss something about somewhere." How true.

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  12. Well, in the spirit of Old Italians, maybe a nice grape arbor is called for. Cool and private.

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