The city is empty right now; everyone is in the Hamptons or gone elsewhere on vacation. The playgrounds are empty, traffic seems light, and it's generally more quiet than usual in our neighborhood. Anyone who is still here went to Trader Joe's and to the post office at the same time that we went today, so we aren't lonely yet. But I'm still pretending to be on vacation: I haven't done any cleaning yet and I'm delaying washing the dishes for as long as I can. So instead of the usual subject matter, here are some of the flowers from my parents-in-law's cottage for your enjoyment. Back to the usual subject matter tomorrow.