31st Annual Fine Art and Flowers this week at the Atheneum and the theme reached into the restrooms as well. I went for a lecture by Stephen Orr, Editorial Director of Gardening at Martha Stewart Living. No dirt on Ms. Martha, just a story about how she brings baskets of eggs in for the staff from her chicken coops, but lots to say about sustainable gardening, the topic of his new book "Design and Inspiration for a New Age of Sustainable Gardening". One of the friends I was with remembered coming to this event 29 years ago. Guess we were early on the flower cart.
What a surprise this restroom was. Chic and cheerful. Maybe I will have to reconsider my old age plans or not. Happy to report that I was only here for the Essex Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency's 11th Annual Fashion Show. Cute event but I was tired and most of the outfits were not my style. I did enjoy all the children modelling fashions from The Red Balloon- where I used to buy my 30 something children clothing. Glad some businesses have survived.
Sometimes the old club look is reassuring. Thankfully I got permission to park in the Citizen's Bank lot next door. Others at the Read To Grow Development Committee meeting had to keep running out to feed the meter. Not easy to park in downtown New Haven.
What a pairing... an antique desk with fake flowers and white wicker. Still, I was expecting something much more sterile from this setting. I had never, despite all my years in business in New London, been to the Academy. What a spot overlooking the Thames River and beautifully planted and manicured. Can't say much for the lunch which I thankfully did not have to eat as I had a prior lunch date. Did hear a survivor of Hitler's death camps and a Vet who was part of the liberation of Dachau speak of their experiences. One can never stop being stunned at what we do to each other in the name of some higher goal. Yet we continue to let it happen.
The newly renovated Old Lyme Inn is the place to be it seems- at least the night I went to dinner. Didn't seem like anyone I knew had stayed home. Loved the Spring Pea Soup which was minty and fresh. Also the lamb chops which were rare and delicious. The interior is much lighter, cleaner and entirely welcoming. Think this will be a great asset to the area, especially when the jazz club in the back gets started.
Having spent a decade of my life deeply entrenched in this city and having been a bystander of its goings on over the past two years, it is a shock to now discover the new places that have sprung up during my inattentiveness. This little restaurant, in the first building I thought of buying in the city, is a perfect example. A cute spot in the middle of State St. with an interesting menu and a long walk to the restroom which is in another part of the building. Such is New London.
This is one of the restrooms in the colonics section of the the main building. The entrance is discreetly tucked away near the pool so it can be used by those relaxing in the sun as well as those pre and post treatment. Fortunately I did not experience, or hear of, any occupancy issues. Believe me, after a colonic you don't want to be standing around waiting for the toilet. I enjoyed the serene quality of the purely decorative cabinet with its empty glass bottles and little vase with a fresh flower.
It takes a super thoughtful host to stock the restroom with fresh tulips, chocolates and Happy 60th Birthday towels for your private party. This is a surprisingly elegant golf club set in the middle of nowhere. Don't play golf, but hear it is a good course and the setting is great for dining on the porch in the summer when you don't care what the food is like. Otherwise, best to stick to a hamburger.
Nice restroom with a buttery hue to it. This is a very cool restaurant with very good food. An excellent choice if you are going to The Public Theater or Joe's Pub. It was my first time and I will be back to explore this neighborhood more.
Yes, its a flower shop. Pretty sweet.