I missed my chance to take photos of all the pink blossoms (and tulips) along Park Avenue. “I’ll take them tomorrow” is not a good way of thinking when it comes to trees, especially with all this earlier warm/later cool weather. I managed to snap these out on Long Island over the weekend. It was a smaller tree, and I didn’t have my camera with me, so this one, not-even-in-focus cell phone picture will have to suffice. One year, I will make it to DC (or back to Japan) for the cherry blossoms.
As always, I’ve been collecting links to share:
+ It was a sad moment when, after seeing this cup on Eat Drink Chic, I discovered in the comments that it was not one I’d be able to purchase for myself.
+ Will you look at that typography?! So glad a friend brought the work of Simon Walker to my attention (via The Fox is Black).
+ I was intrigued by the art featured in this post on For Me, For You and decided to check it out. It turns out Mammoth and Company is a bit like 20×200, featuring art prints in different sizes, with the 8×10 versions costing only $20. There are many prints from which to choose, but I think my favorites are “New Nature Systems 7” by Russel Leng, “The Season of Life” by Mark Warren Jacques, and “Moraine Lake” by Grant Harder.
+ One of my favorite bloggers, Anamu, is moving from London to Kuala Lumpur, and she’s having a moving sale on her webshop, The Pond Market! There are lots of great finds from her flea market adventures across Europe, so be sure to give it a look.
Photo by Taking of Toast
Wow, did this week seem especially long for anyone else? I don’t think a week has felt this long in ages. Oh, well. It’s almost the weekend! Before I get to part two of my photos from vacation, I thought I’d share just a few things I’ve found myself thinking a lot about this week:
+ I am totally in awe of the table settings (and photos!) from last week’s Sunday Suppers dinner. It’s no wonder I keep seeing Amy Merrick‘s work everywhere.
+ The return of Arrested Development is more in sight than ever before.
+ I’ve already made plans with myself to try out Portland-export Pok Pok sometime soon.
Now, on to the photos (finally)!
All photos by Taking of Toast
I’ve returned from the Southwest, all in one piece and almost caught up on sleep. It was, as expected, a lovely break, filled with good friends, good food (especially cookies!), and, yes, a few good horses. I realized on my last day how free of music it was, though. I used to spend a lot of time sitting on the back patio of our room listening to music (as I read and relaxed), but for some reason, this year, I just didn’t. Over the years, my music tastes have changed, but the CD I think I will always most closely associate with our time out there is John Mayer’s No Such Thing. I loved that CD when I was in eighth grade — that was 10 years ago (!), and yet I still remember listening to it out there more than any other music. (This may be because it was a CD, so part of the memory comes from taking it out of my CD case, putting it into my player, etc. As much as I love my iPod, flicking through songs and albums just isn’t the same.)
Although some things were different, many things were still the same, and I was reminded once again how important the place, the atmosphere, and our time out there is to me. And, as usual, I took lots of pictures, even though I realized that I’ve been taking many of the same pictures for the past two or three years. Here are just a few. (I can’t tell you how excited I was about all the cacti in bloom. It’s maybe the second time we’ve been there to see the flowers.) Part two will follow!
More to come! As I said, I took a lot of pictures.
All photos by Taking of Toast