Soft & Strong

The soft, fluffy down of a baby chick.


This little girl has gumption!  

Her mama abandoned her nest just days before the egg was due to hatch. The egg was cold; we didn’t know if was still viable. But we took the chance and cobbled together an incubator out of a styrofoam cooler and a light bulb (Thanks again Internet).  


Right on schedule we heard chirping!  But a day later, nothing more than a wee hole in the egg. She seemed to be struggling, so we peeled back the shell and helped her out.  Back in into the incubator she went, to stay warm and dry off. 


After a day or so, we tried to introduce her to her mama.  Maybe there was still some maternal instinct left?  Nope. The hen pecked the chick till she bled. 

We rescued her again. 

Now she is in a brooder in our laundry room chirping her little head off. My husband says she tweets more than Donald Trump. 

We might call her Twitter. 

WPC –Texture

The Theatre of Disapearance – Collage

On my most recent visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I kept a promise with myself and made my way to the roof-top for a glass of wine while overlooking Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. A pretty spectacular and indulgent treat, I thought. (Especially as I was alone and the wine was not inexpensive) 


To my absolute surprise and delight, I found here this extraordinary installation by Argentinian artist Adrian Villar Rojas – The Theatre of Disappearance. 


In this exhibit, the artist used the Museum itself as as inspiration. Each piece represents replicas of nearly 100 objects from The Met collection. 


Each object is a fusion (or collage) of various, otherwise unconnected pieces from the collection, drawing from thousands of years of artistic production over several continents and cultures. 


It’s is all rendered in the same black or white material and coated in a layer of dust. 


It was equally eerie and mesmerizing.  Simply breathtaking set against that magnificent backdrop. 


I was happy to slow down and admire, taking it all in while juggling my wine glass with my camera. 

If you are in NYC, the show runs until October 29, 2017 at The Met Fifth Avenue. I recommend it!  

WPC –collage

New York City Library – Doors & Other Spaces

I really love libraries. 

But even if your not a big library fan, this place is worth a visit. There’s always something interesting going on at the New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue.  

If your lucky (like I was once), or a more organized traveller, you can take in any number of free public talks. I happen to walk off the street at the right time.  But I’ve also I’ve enjoyed a number of intriguing exhibitions here. Most recently I saw the Love in Venice show, which explores some of what sets Venice’s history apart from that of the rest of Europe. But …. I digress. This post is about Doors ….


There are so many extraordinary doors and doorways here!


That ceiling!!  Let’s peak inside …


What a space!!




If you do find yourself here, make some time to visit Bryant Park. Located directly behind the library, this park is actually built on top of the library’s collection (which is housed in a climate controlled space underground).


I’ve heard this place referred to as NewYork’s Livingroom. You can see everyone here: from tourists to locals, from businessmen to schoolchildren.


There’s a children’s area, complete with carousel and outdoor library. 


And plenty of lovely places to enjoy a glass of wine or a coffee, some conversation, have your lunch, or maybe some quiet solitude in the midst of the busy city. 

You could read a book!! 

Norm’s Thursday Doors

Order

If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends. Orson Welles

All fall in!  


Lined up and ready for dinner!!!

This lot arrived compliments of our generous neighbour… who just happens to be a lobster fisherman. A happy surprise phone call on a Sunday morning!

They were deliciously fresh, of course. But. Still. I can help but wonder just how hungry must the first person to eat a lobster have been ….  (it’s a perennial question for me.). There’s a lot of amour on those “sea bugs”.

WPC – Order

Borough Market

We grabbed a coffee here – from the cutest little coffee venue ever. Just a couple of weeks ago. 

Here in Borough Market in London. 



The coffee was fantastic!  And the vibe here was electric!  The sights. The smells. The flavours!  We stayed for lunch, which we picked up from a Somalian vendor … and it was delicious!  


There were so many people.

Afterwards, we walked across London Bridge. 

The news of yesterday’s attacks has me retracing our steps in my mind. 

Heartbreaking. 

And Senseless.

#London