Bird houses of extraordinary artistic quality

At the nearby farmer’s market in the Hudson Valley a local artist occasionally sells bird houses that he makes out of old materials, and they took our breath away.

The artistry is extraordinary and yet there they all are, on a table, no big deal.


The front of each one has a kind of scene — sometimes a landscape with foreground and background, a cliff and light house in one, etc etc.

Yes, we bought one.


I had a breakthrough of sorts last weekend in my enactment of water color layering.  I can only describe the process as an act of faith — that is, of trusting that the object of the painting will eventually look the way one wants it to (it really does not come into focus until near the end).


I also enjoyed noticing that the banana (the real one in front of me) had some orange glow in it, a revelation that occurred only after an enforced relaxation of my thought process and a simultaneous deep-looking.

Weekly Love Affair.3

Bell & Ross dials have always piqued my interest, though they are usually square in shape (a hallmark of the brand).

However, B&R has lately offered some round dial beauties and this chronograph is just amazing to look at — I really want it.

Bell & Ross

Note that many chronographs are too thick off of the wrist, but this appears to be more streamlined, which puts it dangerously close to the top of my wish list.

Bell & Ross side view

Beautiful Manhattan from the air

I grew up in western New York, a seven hour drive from New York City, and visited my grandparents in Queens twice a year. Manhattan became an obsession from as early as I can remember, and even after having lived in Manhattan for many years (I no longer do) I still remain mesmerized by it on a deep level.

On a recent flight home I took the following photo, which after seeing it later seemed to reflect the mystery and beauty of the city.