Sunday, April 15, 2018

SPRING...ONE DAY ONLY

One day only for sure! Yesterday was a great day to get out. The Spring Queen made a two day appearance. It was sunny, balmy and almost 87 degrees yesterday, till a chilly turn came last night with high winds and temps back into the forties again today. Regardless I donned my tan jeans and sport coat to meet friends in New Hope for a great brunch at Martine's Riverhouse.
 Martine's is a favorite haunt of mine  in New Hope along the banks of the Delaware River. They have great  seasonal American dishes , and I say pick one of their signature River House Cocktails.... while enjoying the beautiful view.
While I was waiting for friends, I started with three Mimosa's and enjoyed the weather. Felt great getting outdoors again.

Any wonder I love the place?
Good friend Doug and his hubby now, arrived and had martini's at the bar. Jerry is recently moved from Arizona.....I sure hope he doesn't regret the move weather wise. He did say the feeling, colorfulness of the town and it's charms are something he didn't get out there. Doug on the other hand bartends part time and is a painter. Next year he hope to have a few paintings in New Hope's, Naked New Hope, an exhibit of all nude paintings, sketches, sculpture and other medias.  He has asked me to sit for him nude. One of my friends asked would I do it? In the words of Blanche Devereaux  " But of course I am. This is my opportunity to be immortalized forever in a classic work of art."
I could listen to their stories all day. And then we made pigs of ourselves and I switched to Bloody Mary's.
Just another reason to love New Hope. One never knows who will be dinning in a establishment with you! I thought of dear John and had to take a picture of this cute diner.
Below us, off the terrace was a flurry of activity in the river.....seemed like everything but cock. Bunny probably had those tied up hidden somewhere.
Where ever I live, I love being near some form of water. With in minutes of my place is the Delaware River and I also have a huge lake I go to much of the time in the summer, Peace Valley to canoe. Of course the beach is not but a two and a half hour drive. Something calming about being near water. Afterwards, I snapped these pictures of the beautiful magnolia outside the Casa.
With our high winds last night and today, the blooms will be but all blown off soon damn it. Once home,  I had a wonderful surprise of this spectacular gift from the thoughtful Miss Lady Fingers. A beautiful hard bound bird coffee table book. I will enjoy looking and reading through this. A warm and huge thank you Miss Fingers!!!!
American Robin of Spring. Indeed.

43 comments:

  1. a handsome couple up there. and YOU immortalized in paint? DO IT!

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    1. But won't the cock over power the picture?

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    2. not sure; have never seen the mistress' family jewels up close and personal, ya know.

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    3. Well, hopefully I won't be IN THE PAINT.

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  2. Loverly, loverly. Am also a fan of being close to the
    water - sea or fresh. Today we drove home along our long
    river drive. Water is high here!

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  3. It was a gorgeous day yesterday. I love seeing all the water fowl. I suppose the diners throw in extra bread? Great pictures.

    Will we be treated to videos of you sitting for the artist?!?!?

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  4. I have missed you fashion post! I like this combination for the afternoon. Do more of your fashion posts, I always love seeing what you'll put together.

    And yes...the weather was to good to last. Even here it got cold again.

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    1. I always have good intentions...and them forget.

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  5. I can imagine New Hope is beautiful in the Spring. You got some great pictures and all while looking great in those slim jeans.

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  6. DUCKS!!! I love ducks! I've been chased by geese and roosters (notice I didn't say cocks?) but a duck has never molested me.
    Beautiful pictures, as usual. Love your outfit. Nude painting huh? Maybe you can be painted headless to preserve the mystery. I'm talking about the head that sits on your neck, I'm not totally nuts!

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    1. CHASED? What did you do to them Deedles?

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    2. for a moment there, I thought deedles' opening lines were DICKS!!! I love dicks!

      look it's 1a and I have not been to bed yet.

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    3. Maddie, it pains me that you think I was the instigator of foul acting birds! I was a pleasant, nonthreatening child! How could I know that small horse sized geese were protective of their lake? And that rooster must've thought I had eggs in my grocery bag when he rushed out of his yard to attack me!
      If it weren't for me falling in love thirty years ago with my best friend's blue streaked lory, I'd still be afraid of all birdkind.

      Carebear, both sentiments are true. I just have more enthusiasm for one over the other. I'm not saying which, but I don't eat duck.

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    4. That.s quite the visual!!!! It's is funny to watch people being chased by birds.

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  7. "but of course i am. this is my opportunity to be immortalized forever in a classic work of art."

    and in the words of Dorothy...." that's exactly what he said when that shoe salesmen took polaroid's of him in the backseat of his valari."

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  8. Ah, the "darling bud" is on show again. And the flowers, too. Jx

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  9. When I was cleaning out, I knew you'd enjoy that book dear Mistress. This post has brightened my day today...love all the ducks and as always your humor.

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    1. I thank you again for thinking of me with such a thoughtful gift. No birds here today.....to windy to come into a landing I'm thinking.

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  10. Lovely pictures and post. We too had warm weather yesterday. Im so happy that spring is 'springing', the sun and the flowers make me happy!

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  11. Gorgeous pictures...I felt it this weekend and see some life in the city, but the forecast for this week looks grim!

    Will we be treated to the painting when done. I don't know I could it.

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  12. You'll be a great nude model! I suspect you're not the inhibited type.

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  13. You are looking fine in those jeans but are you cold sweetie, there's no bulge? ;p

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    1. That is the magic of light colored jeans!!!! You sound sad?

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    2. oh, it's there, dear, you just have to get up close and personal!

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  14. Gorgeous shots of a beautiful day full of blossoms and birds and a stylish host! Beautiful and splendid captures! Thanks for sharing them. Love the magnolias and waterfowls.

    We had ducks on the farm. Just wild ones that decided to live in our small brook and pond. Never ate a duck til I visited cousins in San Francisco and they took me to Chinatown for lunch. I thought it was chicken but Peking duck is really duck! I felt a bit guilty munching down on tasty duck. I didn't want to seem ungrateful or rude, so I ate that tasty, scrumptious duck with a steam bun and duck sauce.

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    1. Everytime I'm in Chinatown in NY, I see the cooked ducks hanging.....I just can't eat them. I never had duck...to my knowledge.

      But steamed buns!!!!!!!!! Yum!

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    2. who DOESN'T like steaming hot buns?!?

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  15. Yeahhhh!!! I am absolutely feeling it!! Nice and fresh pictures ;)) Looking sharp as usual cutie.

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  16. So beautiful Mistress, I love magnolias, they make me happy!

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  17. I adore Asian Magnolias, such a beautiful harbinger of Spring, and they've always seemed to do well here in San Francisco and were pretty much everywhere. A block without one was more the exception than the rule.

    I just realized last spring, that they seem to have disappeared. No explanation, just gone. And then this year, I was on the lookout for them and, sure enough, I didn't see a single one. I'm baffled and disappointed.

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    1. I do think the Asian Magnolia is also one of my favorites too. They never bloom long thought.

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    2. My favourite flower at this time of year, too. However, as some wise person once said (actually about peonies, but it's the same principle): if blooms that magnificent were around all year, you'd get tired of them and their novelty would wear off...

      I love the constant handover from one flush of flowers to the next, right through the season till we get to high summer - as Agnes below said, it's almost the turn of the lilacs! Jx

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  18. What a privilege to be asked to pose. And I wish I had known more about New Hope when we leaved in the Northeast!

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  19. Our weather has been winter for a few days, then spring for a hot minute, then tornadoes and thunderstorms, and now we're in early spring today with summer expected by Friday.
    Oy!
    Looks like a gorgeous day out y'all had, though. Lucky.

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    1. This crazy weather is giving me that head cold you had I think.

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  20. We can't wait to see the portrait, you immortalized for all the world to see. I came to visit the sweet bear for the weekend and I was here for Spring, both days of it.

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  21. What a nice way to spend a Sunday morning....

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  22. That colourful wood duck is just STUNNING! What a wonderful shot of it. Beautiful!

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    1. Figures....you zoom right in on the wood.......

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  23. The blossoms are gorgeous! I can't wait until my lilacs are in bloom. We have been to Martine's and have never had a bad experience. A good place to watch the water fowl indeed.

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  24. I haven't seen any blooms yet, but Friday was quite springy! I even slept with the windows open last night. Love it!

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