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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Neutral Layers

Peeling bark

Hen of the Woods - the mother of all mushrooms

Tropical plants

All photographs taken on a beautiful Fall day at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY one of Long Island's famous Gold Coast Mansions, now a New York State Park.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Soul Food and FDR

We needed, as we periodically do, to get off the Island and into America. The weather was at it's autumnal finest, so The Guy determined a trip up the Hudson Valley to Rhinebeck would get us far away from the metro area and provide some prettiness in the form of fall color, too. We went the long way round, up the Palisades Parkway and the leaves were already bright red, orange and yellow. At home, they are barely changing.

The Hudson Valley

He'd picked out a restaurant for lunch, The Terrapin in Rhinebeck, which is just a weird coincidence because I'd been reading about it here only last week. He'd hit upon it because it had a bar, a bistro and it served tapas (you had me at "bar", baby) but hadn't told me what it was called. Nor that it was housed in an old church. So unbelievably cute. And the food? Three words: duck quesadilla wedge. They serve it with fresh guacamole, which I managed to eat rather than wear. As you know we love anything involving duck, so much so that The Guy thinks it is a health food and pronounced
"I was going to be good and have the shredded duck confit sandwich but I think I need something more substantial"!?!
I had a couple of glasses of Finger Lakes Cabernet Franc and The Terrapin Soul Food Plate: fried chicken, collard greens, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and pan gravy. It was Southern comfort cooking at its best, although you'd have to be a better woman than me to eat both the mac & cheese and the mashed potatoes. So to my great disappointment I had to leave the mac behind. Sob.

Eleanor and Franklin at Home, Hyde Park, NY

Lunch over, we continued my Roosevelt obsession, and stopped at the Presidential Library and New Hyde home of my heros Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Springwood, FDR home, Hyde Park, NY

After the tour of Springwood, which is interesting but not as full of treasures as I'd expected, and the grounds, we picked up some cards with quotations by Eleanor Roosevelt in the gift shop. What I really wanted was this chess set: FDR v Hitler, so brilliant, but The Guy vetoed it, probably on the grounds that I would always be FDR and he would be forced to play Hitler and he would beat me every time. We can't have that now, can we?

Section of Berlin Wall outside the FDR Presidential LIbrary

Outside the Presidential Library we saw more pieces of the Berlin wall. This is getting to be a regular part of our trips. This sculpture of a man and a woman were made by Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Jo Co @ The Highline

Fantastic start to summmer. Jonathan Coulton at The Highline Ballroom with Paul & Storm. Geeks and nerds abounded. We got to play pirates and zombies, laugh at Mandelbrot jokes

and sing along to Code Monkey

Monkey phone home

For some reason the Monkey got to hang out at our table. Maybe because there was plenty of beer. Or maybe he just liked girls from Huntington.

Bonus: The food at The Highline is unbelievably good. So are the Chelsea Martinis. That sure kicks the butt of Madison Square Gardens where overpriced nachos and warm beer are the culinary high points and tickets cost a whole bunch more! The Highline is my new favourite NY concert venue. I wonder if I can persuade The Guy to go to Tragedy! the tri-state area's #1 metal tribute to the Bee Gees?