Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The dawns early light.


After a week of squally, chilly weather the morning dawns bright and mostly fair. It's going to be one of those English summer days. Warm and gentle.


Owner and PONs wander down to the stream. Its course marked by a line of shade giving willows and ash. When we draw level with the old shepherds hut Bob and Sophie rush into the sunflower fields . By the time I've gone a hundred yards they've re-emerged covered in petals and bits of stalk. They hurtle by me on their way to the little waterfall. The day too exciting and what they're doing too important to stop and acknowledge my presence.


We're out for a full , fun filled, fifty minutes.


Home and then into the car for the morning baguette and croissant run. The PONs enjoy this part of their daily routine almost as much as they enjoy their morning walk. Tails thwack-thwack-thwack against the bakers display cabinet. The sound of summer.

On our return we chat to the mayor who seems happy with yesterdays visit by the '' Beautiful Village '' judges despite the fact they showed up an hour early.


And here for July 4th is a suitable song - sung by students at a place where the rugby team operates under the motto 'elegant violence '. Have you ever seen floors polished to such an incredible sheen ? : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x__qtjjh6WI

And maintaining the July 4th theme this is about a part of NY that's disappearing : http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/06/watching-and-lamenting-the-death-of-the-new-york-diner.html?utm_campaign=grub-street&utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1




14 comments:

  1. Would love a photo of PONs decorated with sunflower petals.

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    1. Angus will shortly be upgrading his i-Phone so the standard of low level light photography should improve.

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  2. Bob looks very superior after his romp amongst the sunflowers, but Sophie looks ever so slightly embarrassed !

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    1. Unlikely I know, but there is always a first time !

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  3. The petals and bits of stalk from the beautiful sunflower fields, and the bakery, the best day ever!

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    1. And then fifteen minutes brushing the detritus out of their fur !

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  4. The sheen on the floor of the Academy is matched by the incredible whiteness of those uniforms. No eating July 4th mustard-laden hot dogs in that attire.
    Having lived for a time (many years ago) in Manhattan, it's sad to read about the demise of the diners and delicatessens. When I lived there, you could find them on almost every block once you got off the area of Fifth Avenue. As Trump would say. Sad.


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    1. Something very old fashioned and 'China Station' about those uniforms.

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  5. There used to be an interesting culinary subset on the Upper West Side, combination Chinese-Cuban places. I guess they were technically restaurants, but the ambiance was diner. Long gone now, and this bit from the article cited explains why: “No one renovates a diner,” another regular tells me. “I fear another bullshit gastropub is coming.”
    Fingers crossed for the Mayor and good results from the Beautiful Village people.

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    1. Do you remember Richoux's just of Park ? A place for Sunday morning treats as was the ice cream palor down from the Plaza - a place long gone.

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    2. I don't remember that one, but Dr. Google says it's at 53rd and Lex, which if memory serves is near Citibank. Or maybe Dr. Google is confused.

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  6. I enjoyed all three; your article, the impeccable singing of our anthem by the Naval Academy choir, and the story about the NYC diners! On one of my business trips to New York I was so happy to go to a very good diner and enjoy a real New York corned beef Reuben on rye. My mouth waters just remembering it. Also, the article reminded me of how great a job Guy Fieri has done celebrating the family owned diners across America on his show, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Definitely something to celebrate and hope we don't lose! Happy 4th everyone!

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  7. Pictures of the sunflowers and summer sky never fail to please. Along with a pair of PONs.

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