I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson







Thursday, July 27, 2017

Farmers Market




Hi! I went to the farmers market today! How fun! The past few days have been rainy and very cool here, low 60s,



...but today the clouds blew off to sea and the day was what New Yorkers call a Ten Best Day. Truly delightful. Still cool, breezy, dry, not a cloud in the sky.  


I haven't been to the market since summer before last, but today I decided to give it a try, despite always disappointing parking issue.


I was so happy I went. The market is smaller than it was, but bustling and cheery.


As always the abundance and the colors of the produce delight my eyes and  appetite, inspire creativity.











I love the bandanna lined baskets.















No fruit though! I was hoping for fresh raspberries. [Inspiration recipe here. ] But I have arugula and romaine in my fridge and a bought an enormous bouquet of very spicy red and white long radishes. So I'll make do with store bought vinaigrette , I think Kraft?





I also wanted Kirby cucumbers for my dill pickle project, but again, no. There was a box of the cukes but they were huge, like overgrown zucchini. This makes pickles that are all seeds, not good. I still haven't found a good pickling vinegar anyway so I guess I can wait.


The other item on my list was field grown zinnias.






My own zinnias [and other seed flowers] are doing well and blooming,


but I hate to cut them and I was so hopeful that the guy who always has the zinnia posies would be there today. And he was!








Aren't they the cutest flower?


My favorite Italian seller from my old Brooklyn neighborhood was still there. Many fancy ravioli choices.


I wonder what one does with berry filled ravs?


Next week I think I'll try the blueberry ones, which I'll toss with fresh ricotta. Also some  special cheeses, like this scamorza, an aged mozzarella with a rind, very unique to Italian markets, mild but salty, so delish~Info here


The market has a new ''wellness'' feature, with ongoing yoga under the trees. Here are some people practicing/ meditating (and young woman enjoying an impromptu  picnic with her daughter).


And here is the yoga studio's booth.


 I love looking at clothes and textiles, especially Indian prints, some voile, some silk. They also sell tiny [store bought] muslin bags stamped "Breathe" or "Namaste" and so on, filled with lavender; plus small bunches of dried lavender. Enjoyable, but I'm a bit confused/ miffed because when L and I wanted to sell my lavender hearts at the market we were told [unofficially but by someone in authority] that the green market could only sell produce and things grown locally, no ''crafts''--and certainly not kimonos from India!??



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Back home Mo and I enjoyed the chilly afternoon on our deck. I think this makes Mo happier than anything else in life, even better than sleeping in mom's bed--a quiet afternoon in the sun on the deck, just us two, peaceful and relaxed. It must make Mo feel safe and loved.






I finished all but one posy of the outer rosette borders of Summertime. Four inner rounds to go, 24 more rosettes, then to disperse the extras. In birds' beaks, maybe?
I think the rosettes are zinnias, what do you think?





love

lizzy

gone to the beach...












Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Hearts



summer color story ~ blues and sands

''Sweet smell of summer, the jasmine's in bloom. July is dressed and playing her tune...summer breeze makes me feel fine...''




Hi everyone! Here are my new scented hearts for summer, in my etsy shop this coming week. These  hearts are filled with my special Summer mix of Cape Cod lavender, plus home grown lavender from here at the beach, bergamot, and lemon verbena [dried botanicals enhanced with essential oils, all organic]---with tiny hints of mint and citronella. (The citronella leaves, grown by my friend and dried by me have only a tiny herbal scent, not strong like the candles you buy for the patio. Along with the mint it is of course a natural pest repellent.)


Summer Blues












Seashells and Seaglass





Blueberries, Raspberries, Nautical Stripes ~ Summer at the Shore












Gathering Basket, vintage silk, hand embroidered...


Hot orange sherbet roses this week.






It's not soooo hot, not 90* yet. Mo is a drama queen!




Have a cool and delightful week!



love,

lizzy,

gone to the beach...

photos taken Sunday July 23, 2017. Yay!