Blog Posts tagged with Summer

1981 Delorean.

Summer Heat Brings the Cool to Clarke Auction July 22nd.

Posted: July 21, 2013 15:10 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

      With the summer heat wave reaching its peak this weekend in the Northeast, Clarke Auction hopes to break the weather’s trend with some exceptionally cool lots in their sale on Monday July 22nd at 5pm.       A featured item in the sale is the ultra-cool 1981 Delorean to be sold without reserve at an estimate of $8,000 - $12,000 on July 22nd. Ironic how the ‘80s icon of style is considered cool since the body is made of stainless steel and has been displayed in front of the Larchmont auction gallery for the past week during the recent heat wave.  I...

Fine Art Daily, National Whiskey Sours Day, John Cheever

Fine Art Daily - August 25, 2010

Posted: August 25, 2010 05:32 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 25, 2010 No oddities today because the stars would not align properly - today we are having an All Request Summer Cocktail submission because August 25 is National Whiskey Sour Day! Thanks to a Gentle Reader from Sewall's Point, for whom Whiskey Sours will forever be known as John Cheevers. John Cheever Whiskey Sour 2 parts blended Irish Whiskey 1 part fresh lemon juice 1 part simple syrup 2 dashes bitters Shake all the ingredients vigorously over ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain and pour into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange sl...

Fine Art Daily, Bellini in Edinburgh

Fine Art Daily - August 6, 2010

Posted: August 06, 2010 05:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 6, 2010 It's All Request Cocktail Recipe Friday with thanks to Nancy Taylor Robson. "Mine is a Pear Bellini I had in Edinburgh last year with one of my longest-term (not oldest) dearest friends, Anna. Anna, who is Welsh, and I were roommates in a big old house of flats in London before either of us was married. I was Anna's only bridesmaid and she would have been mine the following year, except she was too pregnant to fly. I went over last October to spend a week and we made a foray into Scotland's capital to buy books and visit her daughter, who was about to deliver Anna's first ...

Juicy Plums

Fine Art Daily - August 4, 2010

Posted: August 04, 2010 07:00 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 4, 2010 The Good Cooks at Food52 are exploring plums this week. A perfect summertime snack. I can remember times in my childhood, sitting with a book in the wicker chairs on the front porch contemplating plums. It was probably easier to use a knife to cut one in half to remove the stone, but where would the fun be in that? There was lots of time on hand, and efficiency needn't always rule the day. And would one be ladylike about the disposal of the pit? Hardly. There is and unwritten front porch challenge about pit projectiles - points if you cleared the porch, extra points i...

Concy Joes, Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach FL

Fine Art Daily - August 3, 2010

Posted: August 03, 2010 05:50 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 3, 2010 An iconic eatery on the Indian River. Forget Rick's - everyone comes to Conchy Joe's. Even the Red Hots have had a memorable dinner here. This is where you bring out-of-town guests so they can get a snapshot of old Florida - with the demise of Kodachrome you had best stock up some colorful memories. Conchy Joe's drips with atmosphere and signs, fish nets, floats - and then there was the poster in the men's room that opened the Tall One's eyes! This is also a nice place for the locals - there is nothing like a tall cold beer while the little ones toss bread to the cat...

Kreuger Creek, Stuart, Florida

Fine Art Daily - August 2, 2010

Posted: August 02, 2010 05:15 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

August 2, 2010 We are back home - temporarily - here is a Stuart sight. I love this super secret pocket park at the east end of Osceola Street. I never see a soul here except for some fat, chattering squirrels and moody, introspective waterbirds. This is Kreuger Creek. You can sit on the bench and watch the tree rats scamper about, or you can walk down to the water's edge and peer through the mangroves at this little flotilla of sail boats. Bring your lunch.

Champagne Cocktail á la Bob

Fine Art Daily - July 30, 2010

Posted: July 30, 2010 06:24 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

It's All Request Cocktail time! Neighbor Bob was the first Gentle Reader to send me a recipe for All Request Cocktails, and for this he will be receiving the original watercolor used in today's Fine Art Daily. If you want an original Fine Art Daily, send me a deelish cocktail recipe, perhaps with a little story so all the Gentle Readers will want to try it. This is the Annual Summer All Request Month. Get cracking! Champagne Cocktail á la Bob In a Champagne glass add a teaspoon of sugar and enough Angostura bitters to melt the sugar. Add a tablespoon of Grand Marnier or cognac ...

40 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 22, 2010

Posted: July 22, 2010 06:21 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 22, 2010 40 Tradd Street, circa 1718 In case my Gentle Readers were under the impression that all of Charleston is ablaze with vulgar or un-neighborly pigments, I wanted to show you the tasteful restraint of the current residents of 40 Tradd Street. The deep purple of the petunias is echoed in the shadows behind the periwinkle blue shutters. Cool, calm colors on this side of Tradd. "John Bullock or his widow Mary built this two and one-half story house c. 1718. Col. Robert Brewton sold this property with the house on it in 1752 to Daniel Badger." Charleston County Public Li...

32 Tradd Street, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 21, 2010

Posted: July 21, 2010 05:36 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 21, 2010 32 Tradd Street, circa 1790 (eight years younger than Washington College) An interested reader wrote to tell me yesterday that after Hurricane Hugo ripped through Charleston in 1989 workers from Ireland were brought in because only they had the expertise to repair the roofs. “Historically, many roofs on Charleston houses were wood shingle. Because of the many fires that plagued the city, this roofing material was outlawed by city ordinance. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, many metal roofs peeled back to reveal the early wood shingles underneath.” http://www.historic...

17 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 20, 2010

Posted: July 20, 2010 04:34 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 20, 2010 17 Tradd St. c.1750. On the corner of Bedon's Alley. One of the houses on Tradd Street as recommended by Mr. H. Number 17 is austere, dignified and restrained. The flowers in the window boxes and the planter are white, mirroring the white crape myrtle trees in the street. One imagines the residents of Number 17 wear crisp, pressed garments and never speak in anything but full sentences, with few contractions or meaningless pauses. Fountain pens, never ball points. IMs? How vulgar! "Tradition says Tradd Street was named for Robert Tradd who supposedly was the first...

8-10 Tradd Street, Charleston, SC

Fine Art Daily - July 19, 2010

Posted: July 19, 2010 05:06 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

uly 19, 2010 8-10 Tradd Street The Lamboll Double Tenement I was strolling up the East Battery one morning, before all the tourists mobbed the place, smug because I had snagged a legal parking place. I was enjoying the relative quiet - the only other people around were gardeners who were tending their tidy gardens, some with hoses and clippers and one perfectionist with a weed whacker and a patch of grass that refused to conform itself to his pictured ideal. I wandered off the main road and was tiptoeing along Tradd Street when I had an encounter that usually only happens in gauz...

Major Peter Bocquet's House, Charleston

Fine Art Daily - July 15, 2010

Posted: July 15, 2010 05:17 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 15, 2010 The Preservation Society of Charleston has made life so easy and convenient for people like me who mill around the streets without maps or guidebooks. (Yes, I did have the Google Machine in my pocket, but generally used it for terse texts to keep track of Tall Boy and his World Cup issues.) Here is another stunning window box display, set off by the boldly orange paint of Major Peter Bocquet’s Georgian architecture. The symmetry of the planting is nicely bracketed by the dual gas lights. Charming and clearly labeled. This is what the Historic Marker says: Major P...

Strawberry Daiquiri for the Fourth of July

Fine Art Daily - July 2, 2010

Posted: July 02, 2010 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

Strawberry Daiquiri 5 large, fresh or frozen whole strawberries 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar 2 ounces of rum ½ ounce triple sec 1 cup crushed ice Blend 10-20 seconds and serve in a chilled cocktail glass. Charles and Camilla are not sure about the Fourth of July. Sometimes Charles gets a little sniffy about those upstart Colonials. Silly Charles. Usually he is mollified after a daiquiri or two, and he does hull the strawberries nicely, and without being told. Camilla is rooting around the laundry room looking for the chairs we are going to take to Downtown Stua...

Gumbo Limbo's new location - 3 Osceola Street in Historic Downtown Stuart

Fine Art Daily - July 1, 2010

Posted: July 01, 2010 05:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 1, 2010 Rabbit, Rabbit! It's official - Patty has moved Gumbo Limbo into its new digs on Osceola Street. Tall Boy and I stopped by yesterday to inspect the bright and airy space, which should be packed with eager shoppers during tonight's Stuart Stroll. Another option for tonight is a new venue the Arts Council is sponsoring - an extension of First Thursday, called "Hot Summer Arts" held at Harbour Bay Plaza from 5:30 until 8:00. We don't have to wait for season to enjoy art, music, photography, food and wine. Visit for more info!

Hoover's Pool

Fine Art Daily - June 30, 2010

Posted: June 30, 2010 05:14 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 30, 2010 Hoover was not the least bit happy with yesterday's Fine Art Daily. My interpretation of his vision of the sacred watering hole was limited and pedestrian. I did not apprehend the full scope of his appreciation of the dynamic that exists between him and his surroundings. Here, with a little prodding, and some swipes at my pen, is what Hoover's pool of water really looks like. A temple-like setting much more befitting a cat of noble birth, with cool, dark areas where he can assess the neighborhood. (I think he has pool-envy - the cat next door's pool has been under con...

Pool (From Hoover's POV)

Fine Art Daily - June 29, 2010

Posted: June 29, 2010 04:53 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 29, 2010 This is the swimming pool - but from Hoover's point of view. No dragonflies this morning. Roxanne is still in the house. I think I'll lie on the chaise for a while. It's quiet. It's good.

Swimming Pool Relief!

Fine Art Daily - June 28, 2010

Posted: June 28, 2010 06:11 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

July 28, 2010 It is going to be another scorcher, but that's OK because there is relief in the back yard. We bobbed around the pool several times this weekend, far away from the computers, the TVs and the iPhones. The mosquitoes did find us after a while, but we splashed them away languidly, and pushed off the wall for another lazy lap through the broth-warm water. Have you visited the Spy Osprey Cam lately? Those young birds have gotten big and adventurous. Mama O looks beside herself some days, keeping the two from falling out of the nest. She needs a nice swim in the river, and...

Summertime Corn

Fine Art Daily - June 25, 2010

Posted: June 25, 2010 06:28 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 24, 2010 It's Food Friday! Roasted Corn 1 stick butter, melted 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon lime zest 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 12 ears fresh corn, shucked Combine the butter, lime juice, lime zest, sugar, salt, and cilantro in a medium bowl and mix well. Grill the corn on a medium-hot grill for 10 minutes, turning occasionally (use tongs so you don't suffer like Charles does!). Transfer the lime-cilantro butter to a serving bowl and serve with the corn. Before grilling the corn, soak the unshucked corn ...

East Ocean Boulevard dog water bowl

Fine Art Daily - June 24, 2010

Posted: June 24, 2010 06:25 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 24, 2010 It has been HOT! If you take your dog out for a walk, be sure to stop by the Arts Council. Across East Ocean Boulevard from the Court House Cultural Center there is a thoughtful shopkeeper who has put out this double water bowl for strolling pups. So Palm Beach! Tomorrow night at the Court House is the opening of the Thomas Winter/Robert Holland photography show. The reception starts at 5:30. Visit for more details.

Swimming Pool

Fine Art Daily - June 23, 2010

Posted: June 23, 2010 05:40 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 23, 2010 Here is a little coolth for everyone. Although the water was as warm as the bath, it was a relief to paddle around in here the other night. (I had planned on a little swim last night, too, but it decided to rain.) And I did not indulge in the Prosecco - I think we will leave that until Friday. Chardonnay did the trick as we swam a few laps, watching the birds, wondering where the high-flung planes were flying, checking on the progress of the moon, and laughing at Hoover, who could not quite overcome his amazement that we were sullying his sacred watering hole. Visi...

Bowl of Summer Raspberries

Fine Art Daily - June 22, 2010

Posted: June 22, 2010 10:12 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 22, 2010 Summertime delights abound! We threw together a delightful concoction of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, topped with whipped cream and crispy little Pirouline sugar wafer cookies for dessert the other night. The berries were room temperature, so not quite as delicious as the sun-warmed berries I remember picking as a child when we lived on Strawberry Hill. But that is a memory too powerful to overwhelm; ask Monsieur Proust about his madelines. Although I must say that I did not encounter any thorns this time... Visit my Fine Art Daily blog , and come see ...

The first day of summer!

Fine Art Daily - June 21, 2010

Posted: June 21, 2010 05:13 Last Updated: | Jean Dixon Sanders

June 21, 2010 Happy First Day of Summer! How unfortunate that the longest day of the year falls on a Monday! Make the best of it. Come home early, eat leftovers, loll in the pool, watch the birds fly home from work and then enjoy an old movie. That's what Best Beloved and I are doing tonight. We have queued up King of Hearts from Netflix and have Chris's special chicken salad marinating in the fridge. There's a bottle of Prosecco already chilling... Visit to read more Fine Art Daily. Visit to read the latest news from Cheste...

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