Coffee and Biscotti before everything.

coffee and biscotti

A great cup of Java and a so so biscotti.

But the start to a ter­rif­ic day. This was at Read­ing Ter­mi­nal Mar­ket in Philadel­phia. A great place for locals and tourists. I got there ear­ly and it was busy with stand work­ers stock­ing and get­ting ready for the day. Always a pleas­ant time for sketch­ing, think­ing, and tak­ing photos.

No Amish today.

empty stools at reading terminal market

Yes­ter­day as always we got to the mar­ket before it began to fill with tourists. We try to have all our shop­ping done and have a cof­fee and tea before the lunch rush and crunch begins. Even in sum­mer it can be impos­si­ble to find a chair. This vis­it we came when the Amish weren’t there. It’s a strange expe­ri­ence when their stalls are emp­ty, they occu­py such a large por­tion of the market.

I wan­dered past the emp­ty spaces. This pho­to is the Dutch Eat­ing Place where cus­tomers wait three deep for a stool to open up.

The garden can be a cruel mistress.

garden gloves

Pack­ing up to leave our hol­i­day week­end hosts I put down a bag and noticed Pier­re’s gar­den­ing imple­ments relax­ing on the floor near the gar­den door. Well used tools and gloves with the smell of damp soil hov­er­ing above the gen­tle pile. Gar­den­ing in the city is a won­der­ful thing; small scale and every inch rewarding/

 

Spring is springing.

embracing spring blooms

Walk­ing to work. Love­ly blooms show­ing them­selves. It’s a great time to walk the city neigh­bor­hoods. Flow­er­ing trees are my faves. April is behav­ing more like March. I’m wear­ing fleece, gloves, and a scarf.

Spring shadows, walking philadelphia

strong tree shadows

Wan­der­ing on my walk to work. Many trees still free of leaves cast­ing glo­ri­ous shad­ows — archi­tec­ture over­laid upon archi­tec­ture. I’m always over­joyed at the oppor­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture a frame, a moment, a glance of the light play at dif­fer­ent times of day.