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My Favorite Things – Boating on the Hudson

(Which, by the way, happens  for us about once in a blue moon!)

But we lucked out last week with an invitation to  dinner, along with a boat ride on the Hudson.  Even better, the weather was sublime AND we even had a full moon.  So, from the middle of the Hudson somewhere near Tarrytown, NY, here’s what life looked like on Sunday…



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From My (Saratoga) Sketchbook – Rhymes and Doodles

Two birds of a feather,

On a bench together.

Looked a bit more grubby,

Than sweet lovey-dovey.


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Friday’s Thought – On Simple Pleasures

Crayola colors

“That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

(Henry David Thoreau)


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My Favorite Things – An Alfresco Lunch at Mrs. London’s

No trip to Saratoga Springs, NY is complete without a visit to Mrs. London’s Boulangerie.  And if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll probably remember that I’ve photographed and written about the fabulous cakes and pastries here, here and here.  Although I’ve recently sworn off sugary foods (and alcohol), I was still the one pestering my husband for a Mrs. London’s date this week.  And so we went today for an alfresco lunch.

Our (unsweetened) peach ice teas were a refreshing start to the meal…

peach ice tea at Mrs. London's

And we split the decadent and delicious Roasted Chicken Panini as our main course.  (I got the extra olive.)

Roasted chicken sandwich at Mrs. Londons'

For dessert, I momentarily contemplated being healthy and getting a gluten-free bran muffin, but opted instead for this Almond/Hazelnut Glazed Croissant…which was buttery, flaky, sweet and oh-so-good!

glazed almond hazelnut croissant at Mrs. London's

Meanwhile, my husband exercised great restraint and passed on dessert…that is, until we passed the Plum Dandy frozen yogurt place.  (His version of Nirvana):

Plum Dandy frozen yogurt cup


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From My Sketchbook – Week 23

I’m afraid I don’t have much to show from my sketchbook this week, although, if you’re following Joana Miranda Studio on Instagram, you’ll know that I HAVE actually been doing a lot of practice sketches.  But those have been done in my hotel room (thank God for AC!) and from my imagination, not from live subjects.

However, yesterday my husband and I had a lazy day off together in Sarataga Springs, NY where we’re in residence with the New York City Ballet for two weeks.  After a decadent and delicious brunch at Max London’s , we did some window shopping before stopping in for a refreshing iced tea at Putnam Market.  It was there that I whipped out my pen and sketchbook while my husband sat patiently as my model.

He’s even more handsome in real life, of course…

Andy's head side view sketch

(But then again, I’m biased.)

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Friday’s Thought – The Fruit of Life

Indian paintbrush flowers

“Color is the fruit of life.”

(Guillaume Apollinaire)

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My Favorite Things – The Wildflower Garden at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center

I’ve fallen behind on my posts this week for two reasons:

1. It’s been a ten-service week for the New York City Ballet Orchestra at its summer home, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center


2. Torrential rains have put a kibosh on any outdoor photography.

But today we not only got out of rehearsal early, but the sun was shining!  So after lunch, I walked away from town back to the entrance to SPAC. SPAC Entrance

Why?  Because every time we drive into the park, I’m in awe of the fabulous wildflower garden on either side of the entrance…

Wildflower garden at SPAC

And I wanted to take a closer look at the sunflowers…



Pink Gerber Daisy

Ornamental grasses…

striped grasses

And fuzzy, lilac-like blooms.

fuzzy purple flower

The riot of colors…

riot of colors garden

Would make it seem like this garden is at its peak.  But there are still lots of buds waiting to burst…

green bud

As well as another 10 New York City Ballet shows to take in! (You can buy your tickets here).


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