Saturday, June 27, 2015

Contrasts and Summer Reading

I'm neglecting this blog in favor of another one - which I'm not posting on either...
 The impetus to blog waning in favor of instagram which is so immediate and fun. I'm biffwix for anyone who's interested.

But in New York news... the first proper beach outing of the year to Robert Moses on the south shore of Long Island. Rather a contrast to the city.

Overcast day, chilly water - blissful space.

A striped bass was caught - not by us - and was thrown back for being four inches too short. Hooray!

Beach wonderful.

Times Square not so wonderful.....

Lots of construction, Fox News on monitor. Cheery traffic person...Everything bright, shiny, tawdry...

and seemingly stripy. 
I continued up West 44 th Street through the theater district.

This serious, calm fellow was in

the hallway of the New York Bar Association. Very old school New York - ornate, heavy, built to last, frumpy, frowsy and so very much more to my taste than tacky Times Square.

Nearer home a slight disaster with one of our tree pits... an unfortunate U-turn by a truck.

 The flowers on the terrace are doing fine.

On the theme of contrasts, I've been lucky enough to live in all sorts of places - some of which I enjoyed more than others- and of course, I've written about most of them.
 I loved living in Morocco - would go back there in a flash if it wasn't for the grandchildren - so spent part of last cold winter uploading my notes from those days into a very small book The Little House on Derb Djedid available on Amazon or Kindle.

Rather a lot about cats and food... and what an adventure it was.

The very first place I lived in America - a very long time ago - was Los Angeles. I found California overwhelming and bizarre - and interesting. My little LA memoir is available here

So, if you need any light reading for the beach, both books are available in paperback or for Kindle.
Happy reading!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Glamorous New York - East Side

A very overdue visit to the Metropolitan Museum on East 84th Street to see their stunning Chinese fashion show.

A multi-media extravaganza to dazzle both the eye and the ear. Totally worth going to - probably more than once. Lots to think about.

Lots of takes on the idea of 'chinoiserie'.

Lots of visitors from all over the world

enchanted by the movies projected on the walls. The Last Emperor never looked so good.

A brief look in at the serenity of the New York Society Library where I long to become a member to relish its old world charm. It was opened in 1754. Gosh! But how often would I get to E 79th Street?

The glories of Grand Central Station - why are there so few people about?

We have a drink at The Campbell Apartment East 42nd St.

and eat very green pea soup at JoJo. (East 64th Street).
Need to get to the East Side more often.

My main blog, Random Images is now here.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Such fun to go up to the roof terrace - and pick flowers! These vases are very small indeed.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

More Union Square

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This is the best flower picture I've taken for ages.

The poppies are super stunning.

I've yet to buy any to take home. Would they last in water?

I haven't the least idea what this is but it looks good for you...

as are all sorts of green things.
What is this?

The weather is stunningly warm suddenly. 80F yesterday. Almost no spring at all.

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Though I've moved my main blog here, herewith a few of the week's New York photos.

Enough sun to form shadows. Hooray!

Down Hudson Street.

and the Hudson River with the Statue of Liberty upper right.

24th Street.

ABC Carpet has a window of prayer flags and an appeal for donations for the people of Nepal.

The delights of Eric Kayser near Union Square

while police helicopters whirl overhead.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Directions

What has this blog been about?

Well, things I like, like flowers in Union Square...

The stunning buildings of New York City...

playing with images (here a tintype app)...

and food, of course. Here splendid sweet things in Greenwich village.

Lots of reflections - literal and metaphorical.

Things in blogworld are changing and shifting. Though I like Blogger, other platforms seem to offer different things.  I've been experimenting with Wordpress - the very first platform I started on in 2006.
I may well keep on posting here to keep in touch with people on my blogroll which I'm in the process of copying to Wordpress.

However, please visit me here. Random Images is pretty much what it says - the usual sort of jumble of things which catch my eye and delight me. So we'll see how it goes...

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Marsh marigolds picked by small children who haven't quite grasped the

idea that you need to have stems to put in water...

Trailer Park on 23rd Street looking specially trashy in the bright sunlight.

Important maintenance going on by the car wash under The High Line on 24th Street.

Bright coat in a gallery

Bright building towering over TheHigh Line

and bright everything where the Lukoil Station on the corner of 10th Avenue - was where I'm sure something large and swanky will be erected.

Medium bright dog wondering why he has to look at large photographs in art galleries.  I rather liked these portraits - sort of Velasquez meets Murillo...

Wonderfully sunny today. Hooray!

Monday: Pouring with rain and chilly again...

 UNICEFMARKET Giveaway update:
Frances of the splendid blog Cityviews/Countrydreams was the winner picked at random this morning. I'm sure she will be able to find something really lovely there. I got a silk scarf for myself. See it here.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Urban and a UNICEFmarket Giveaway

Now that the weather is somewhat improved it's possible to get out and about more.

Lots of construction and destruction going on everywhere. Here up by Fifth Avenue where the turquoise wall looks rather like an abstract painting.

Blue skies above 11th Avenue.

More sunshine yesterday on 13th Street.

On 15th Street pretty yellow, red and blue netting near Chelsea Market.

On 9th Avenue a quintessentially New York melange - the Seminary Building, a cyclist a fire truck and a man in a turban. 

In Soho the sort of interior space one lusts after but is unlikely to be able to afford.

Back home two of the rather battered pansies from the tree pits outside

and a charming abstract accidental painting - a byproduct of Robert's real painting of Robert Moses Beach.

And now to the giveaway. For some years I've been supporting the artisans at Novica. Novica in conjunction with the new UNICEFmarket has lots of lovely things made in far-flung corners of the globe - I particularly like their silk scarves and Thai paper products.

 This paper has charming little plant parts in it.
The UNICEFmarket is a super resource for finding unusual gifts. I have a $50 gift code to send to a lucky reader who comments on my blog - so write soon and I'll pick someone at random and let you know by next weekend. I'll pick some in the US because UK readers might end up having to pay import duty whereas US ones don't!