pastimes

Silverwood Farm

Silverwood Farm

Last weekend, a friend invited us up to a horse farm in Wisconsin to see a dressage competition.  It was quite a drive–Chicago weekend traffic can be murder–but the weather was gorgeous (though still cold).  The landscape, decked out in the delicate finery of spring, was lovely to behold.

groupiesI had never attended such an event.  I was surprised at the tranquility of the scene.  Seeing the horses and their riders, and walking the quiet paths whose fences bounded the long allées, made me wistful for the days before the automobile.  My thoughts traveled back in time to the Impressionists Degas and Manet, who were fond of painting horses and racing scenes.  It was great fun to be transported back imaginatively into that vanished world.

Thank you, everyone

Ice skaters, Millennium Park, Chicago (Credit: Celia Her City)

Thank you to everyone out there, whether in California, London, or Jakarta, who has been visiting my blog and taking the time to check out its photographs and written entries.  I really appreciate your comments and praise, and, even more, our casual “conversations.”  A special thanks to my 78 followers–I can’t quite figure out what you all have in common, but I’m very grateful for your company as I wander around this grand if lonely city!

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The Other Side of the Drive

The Lincoln Park Lagoon (Credit: Celia Her City)On one side of Lake Shore Drive is Lake Michigan; on the other, for a while, is the Lincoln Park Lagoon.  As motorists whiz along the Drive in their morning commute, the Lagoon remains a reservoir of calm.  Fishermen cast their lines into the water as they have for hundreds of years, cyclists pedal past slowly to check on the fishing, and trees reflect their splendor into its still pool.

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Flower Arranging

Flower Arranging

Is it a waste of money to buy flowers?  An extravagance?

We buy them pretty frequently, whether at the grocery store or at one of the bucket shops in our vicinity.  My husband likes them, and I enjoy making the arrangements.  I used to have a garden, where I could grow and enjoy flowers; now, I do not.

The finished arrangement (Credit: Celia Her City)

I arranged these flowers the other day.  I’m with the Japanese in thinking that flower arranging is all about the ephemeral nature of life.  The arrangement by its nature is a tribute to beauty and its brevity, and that is what makes the effort itself worthwhile.