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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Red Letter Day

Hi! What the heck is a red letter day, anyway? Red might mean you got an F on your final exam...However I am using the positive point of view, a
 day of good things.

Very very early, each rare sunny morning, a bright red bird has been landing in the spindly locust tree. He rides up and down on the windblown branch at the very top...and he sings his little heart out.

Probably he is a cardinal, though in these pix, he looks rosy grosbeak-ish? The low red streaks of the sunrise keep me from seeing him clearly...but I love having him visit.

 The farmers market was so busy on this week's sunny Wednesday! Just bursting with shoppers and produce and cops giving out parking tickets. [I managed to evade.]

I stocked up on weekend snacks and appetizers....

Classic red radishes, crisp and tangy!



Just one perfect rainbow striped heirloom tomato.

Oh I must get more! It was so sweet and tasted like heaven, like no store bought tomato ever...

A fresh mozzarella from my friend the Brooklyn cheese guy, far right.

A loaf of fresh French baguette...and fresh tomato/ cheese stacks with black pepper, a dash of olive oil, and snipped herbs.


 another night, an antipasto with more fresh mozz.

 And June in NY bursts with strawberries. The whole market smelled like strawberries...

Again, so sweet, so full of sunshine and happiness.

I marinated them in a splash of amaretto, added some Splenda. [vanilla sugar would be yummier, but in my house we avoid sugar, so...] I'll serve them on peach gelato at the Father's Day BBQ tomorrow.

Let's hope it doesn't rain!



...........gone to the beach!



  1. Wow. Just wow.


  2. Oh, what a lovely post! Wish I could enjoy some of your Farmer Market finds, especially those strawberries! I love amaretto!


  3. Beautiful pictures! I don't like radishes much but they sure are pretty, and your snacks look yummy.

    If you can't identify the bird by sight, maybe you can by it's song? American Robin sounds: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_Robin/sounds. Or maybe it's a summer tanager: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Summer_Tanager/sounds, or a scarlet tanager: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Scarlet_Tanager/sounds

    Any of these songs sound right? If not, maybe you can look on that website and locate it. Let me know if you identify it!

  4. Hi Mel, cool site for the birds ID. I hope he returns and I can listen more clearly to his song. He really looks like a summer tanager, but we do not have them here. Years ago I saw a scarlet tanager...and there s been a nesting pair of cardinals around for years. No cardinal crest tho. In the pix he almost looks like a robin but he sems slimmer..and I ve nevr seen a robin high up in a tree like that....He is a mystery so far.....

  5. Love the red letter day! It looks like summer and all of the joy that comes with it has finally made it to the beach.

    Radishes? Really? I always thought they were for winter.

    Hoping the market has been 'fruitful' - sorry for the pun!



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