When I got home on Friday evening after work, I decided to do all the household cleaning so I would have the weekend free to myself. I am so glad I did because Saturday was the most beautiful day.
It was a short walk to City Bakery for lunch. Grilled cheese with chicken and pepper jam on rye. What a great combination. Then over to Union Square Market. Lots of beautiful flowers to choose from along with eggs, poultry, wine and vegetables. I brought home beautfiful flowering branches and also some willow branches along with New York State wine and free range eggs.
I purchased these eggs from Violet Hill Farm (I recently heard on the radio that the hens that lay these eggs are called Easter hens because they lay colored eggs. The pale green eggs don't really show up as well as they should.)
Always on my shopping list when I go to the market, a light fruity white wine from Anthony Road Wine Company
I loved this display of the flowers stuck in the boots, hanging from a pole.
I couldn't resist photographing the beautiful flowers that were in Gramercy Park. The park is only open to residents of the area and to guests of the Gramery Park Hotel. Since I am neither, I had fun poking the camera between the bars of the iron fence to take photos. The park is open one day a year to the public -- Christmas Eve and it is one of only two privately owned parks in New York City.
And more flowering trees and plants
I have always been fascinated by the famous birdhouses but I have to admit this is not my photograph. I kept looking up for them but I either missed them or they have been taken down to be refurbished.
And finally here is the little sign on the gate. Even though I couldn't gain entry, it's still a wonderful neighborhood, filled with lots of history and worth a visit on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.