Friday, July 22, 2011

The Secret Garden

It may be 100+ in New York, but life continues on -- just at a slower pace. Last night I had just a little too much scheduled for this weather, but I needed to keep my dental appointment and I wanted to go to book club later in the evening. The dentist visit was great and in an attempt not to enter the subway one more time -- the waiting on the platforms for the train is tough! -- I took the bus downtown. I had a good plan. I would take the bus to Seventh Avenue and West 10th Street and walk over to my friend's apartment on East 9th Street and Third Avenue. In cooler weather this is an easy and lovely walk, past lots of historic brownstones.

But it got hotter with every step and I quickly felt my tote bag was filled with bricks. About halfway through my walk I came upon a beautiful and tranquil garden that I had never noticed before. At Greenwich Avenue and Tenth Street I came upon this little paradise right in the middle of the city.

I spent some time sitting on one of the benches and enjoying the faintest of breezes. 

This is the scene right outside the garden gates -- cars and noise!

Thanks for your good wishes. The purple bruise is now a little more lilac than magenta and my fall is almost simply a memory.  

I'm hoping for a quiet weekend. I'm planning to celebrate my college roommate's birthday -- actually today -- with a movie tomorrow. We love the thought of deep air conditioning and I've got a girly treat on Sunday. Nothing like a little pampering. Of course, there's grocery shopping and laundry and blog visiting on the agenda, too. 

Wishing you a good weekend and hope you, too, find a secret garden to enjoy!


Mildred said...

What a lovely garden hideaway! Glad to hear you are feeling better from your fall. Hope you enjoy every minute of your weekend.

Marydon said...

Sweet Carol, you be very careful out in this heat. Love the walk, the scenery & the darling garden.

Happy PS weekend.

ladymagnolia said...

Sybil, what beautiful pictures you took! It made me want to grab a boojk and sit right there in the garden Ü. I have so missed reading your blog xx.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

In this heat there is just not much of being outside at all for me. We are getting rain this morning so hopefully it will be cooling down. I do have a lovely little garden right outside my back door and love spending time there. Hope your weekend is a great one too!

Betty Rubble said...

I will say it again...I'm jealous...I so want to come visit NY!

Jemi Fraser said...

The heat has been nuts here too - yuck!

LOVE that garden - what a treasure to find :)

Lynda said...

Praise God for that respite in the midst of the noise and heat. God is so good to give us little surprises like that!

La said...

Ahhhh, a little oasis in which to rest. This heat wave has been brutal.

Mevely317 said...

So, I'm wondering which of our rocks I was hidden under last week, that I missed your account of the trip/fall .... Thank God you weren't hurt more seriously!!!

Hope your weekend (especially the pampering) was all you hoped for!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It has been so hot! I felt like a prisoner staying close to my window ac's this

I'm glad to see this garden is open to the public again! For awhile it was closed for renovations, although someone was sleeping in a tent in the middle of it that last time I walked by.

Amrita said...

such a beautiful place to enjoy