Sunday, December 29, 2019


The Luminaries at Brookfield Place, Winter Garden

We're coming to the last of the Christmas decoration posts in Buttercupland. There will be one or two more and then we're back to coffee, books and eating sensibly. Wait, that's my life in January! There will be treats to come in Buttercupland, but no more bright lights and glitter for quite awhile. I'm glad to get back to "real life," and a return to more sensible eating, my water aerobics classes and decluttering. I've let the latter slide for the last ten days and it's time to organize paperwork and shred what's not needed of 2019.

I enjoyed watching the canopy of lights change colors. Every hour on the hour holiday music plays.

One of my favorite places in the summer is the Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place. It's a Shopping mall/Office Complex on the Hudson. There is a marina on the river and it's a perfect place to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, watch boats go by and drink iced coffee. In the spring there's a beautiful orchid show and now in December there is a fabulous canopy of lights, modeled after the luminarias of the Southwest. This was my first visit at this time of year and I totally enjoyed it. It's indoors -- great on a rainy day like today -- and there are lots of places to sit. If you're very fortunate you may get a seat near the window and watch the ice skaters go by. 

The "pond" is on the deck, adjacent to the Hudson River. New Jersey is in the distance. I braved 
the elements to take this picture, but on colder days a seat indoors is a great viewing site.  

Thanks, all, for the nice comments about yesterday's Pink Saturday post. I left the coat at Nordstrom -- but may return from time to time to see if it moves to a sale rack. I actually have a hot pink spring jacket, and as cute as the herringbone jacket is, it's a stretch for my clothes budget. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great week!  


Ginny Hartzler said...

It is gorgeous, I just love this. I think I would never leave this place. So much to love about it. Even the light reflections on the floor are beautiful. What a treat, I never even knew this existed.

natalia20041989 said...

Wow, that place look stunning ☺


what beautiful luminaries. it looks like a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. years ago i lived in pennsylvania and could watch people ice skate while i ate from one of my favorite restaurants. love your skaters. it is hard to think ahead too far, too busy relishing the winter season and all its charms. look forward to your posts, as always. Happy New Year.

Louca por porcelana said...

Gorgeous pics!Happy New Year!

Mevely317 said...

Beautiful! When I first read 'luminaries' I was thinking those sand-in-the-paper-bags popularized in Santa Fe. Different is good, tho!

Linda said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh how nice!!! I have never really officially tried ice skating (notice I said officially, giggling).

P.S. My inquiring nosy mind wants to know did Pep get a car? (giggling)

Chatty Crone said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed New York.
Be back soon!
Happy 2020 to you!

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

It is a beautiful place and sight ! Almost New Years now...Happy 2020 just incase I don't manage to visit your blog again before then.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The luminaries were quite impressive, Buttercup, and I wondered if they will disappear after the holidays are over. The outdoor skating looked a bit dreary with no sunshine.

natalia20041989 said...

I am following, Happy New Year abd greetings from Poland ☺

Deanna Rabe said...

What a great spot to skate!

I hear you about clothes budgets, and I think your idea of check for it to go on sale is a good one. Also check online as sometimes the online price is marked down!