Oct 06

Blueberries

In previous posts I’ve written about many kinds of berries; from berries found in the wild, including strawberries, also tips for cultivating raspberries and blueberries. In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from …

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Oct 05

A Day in Manhattan

In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, …

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Sep 25

New Garden Fence

Deer have been an almost constant annoyance as I have spent nearly a decade developing the yard and garden. For the main vegetable patch, a fenced area measuring roughly, 30 feet long by 20 feet wide (10 meters by 7 meters). Inside that area I have 7 raised beds, a section with 2 blueberries and …

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Sep 24

On a Golden Autumn Day

Autumn, when the leaves change colors, the days are golden and the air is crisp. It is my favorite time of year. The morning often greets us with heavy dew. The afternoons fade with strange dancing shadows and “each moment never is the same”. To experience these days consciously is a “pure joy” and it …

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Sep 13

Some of the finest wines…

During the many years I have engaged in this hobby of oenology, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some wonderful wines. Here is a good link to learn about some of the technical elements of taste as it relates to wine. Referring to the notes I have compiled a list of some of the finest wines …

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Sep 05

The How and Why of Wine Storage

You may wonder why anyone would go to the trouble of buying wines and storing them for 10 or 20 years. It is a good question. You may think it would be easier just to buy the wine you wish to consume and drink it directly. The fact is that fine wines that have been …

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Sep 01

A few very nice wines

To go along with several end of summer BBQ feasts I opened up a few wines that I’ve had on hand. Most of these wines were from Spain, a producer of quality wines if you know what to look for, and a couple from Italy, including a seven year old bottle of Amarone. If you …

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Aug 29

End of Summer ’17

As the summer months closed out, I enjoyed some delicious foods cooked outside, plenty of salads and veggies from the garden too. Some pics from the late summer garden;   Peas came in abundance this season and due to the cooler temperatures and plenty of rain, they seemed to produce for a longer duration than …

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Aug 16

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal is located in the province of Quebec, in eastern Canada. The city sits on an island at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ontario Rivers. Canada is a country that extends across an expansive land mass, but is inhabited by a comparatively small population. Much of that land mass is frozen for a good …

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Aug 06

“The tour from hell” turned into a dead end.

As tribute to the late Jerry Garcia, I have established August as a month to celebrate his musical achievements here on the blog. This article explains some of the details associated with the final months of his life and, on a more positive note, shares a link to one of the more fun Grateful Dead …

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