sjrh wins jbfa in nyc
just back from a weekend in new york city where i had the great and moving pleasure of watching my husband win the most prestigious award in food journalism–the james beard mfk fisher distinguished writing award. he has worked so hard at his writing, and in a way has spent his whole life practicing to be a writer–always using language carefully, and precisely, and sometimes movingly, and often comically. the day after the ceremony, he and i spent an aimless saturday walking through an enchanted new york city, from the west village through greenwich to soho and back. we drifted from one cappuccino to another, from coffee shop to coffee shop to hotel bar, on our way to a late dinner at balthazar, where they seated us in a corner booth, and the chef somehow knew who steve was, and sent out special little gifts all night long, and the whole city was illuminated by the glow of steve’s joy.
p.s. i’ve said it before but i want to say it again…i love catkin season. it is so short and so fleeting, and almost no one really notices it, and yet it’s like an arboreal mardi gras for about one week.
red oak catkins
that awkward age
these fiddleheads are no longer babies and not yet adults. they certainly look like teenagers, half gangly, half graceful, slightly self-conscious, and entirely clueless.
adolescent fiddlehead ferns
move over kyoto
i bet we have as many crabapple blossoms in minnesota as japan has cherry blossoms. we were simply a little bit more careless about how and where our pink, spring explosions were planted…
a framed portrait
hello spring. thanks for spending some time in my portrait studio. i believe i caught your good side this morning. you can relax now.
assorted new leaves of spring
the bulb is planted, may there be blossoms
many of you read STILL with your morning tea or coffee. if you are one of those, you will be reading this about the time my husband, steve, and i are landing in nyc for a three day weekend. steve is a nominee for two james beard awards, and the awards ceremony is tonight…please cross fingers and any other appendages around 7:00 eastern daylight time.