Recipes for Pie

Recipes for Pie

This post is for me. That’s right. I’m putting the recipes for each of the pies I’ve learned to bake right here on my web site, so I know where to find them the next time I need them. This will also make them easier to share. Most of these...
Europe 2014 - Pantheon, Palace And Art

Europe 2014 – Pantheon, Palace And Art

Paris, Saturday July 12 The main objective today was to visit the Palace of Versailles – a day trip outside of Paris. The RER C would carry us out to the town of Versailles, southwest of Paris. From there, we would walk to the palace. On the way to the...
Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Europe 2014 – A Walk from Notre Dame to the Arc

Paris, Friday July 11 Given the 6 hour time difference, we didn’t wake up until late. The Mouffetard market was already bustling with shoppers as we went in search of breakfast…pastries and coffee being the easiest to ask for. Our best efforts at pronouncing other items in French were often...
Europe 2014 - Paris via Reykjavik

Europe 2014 – Paris via Reykjavik

Wednesday July 9 Icelandair Flight FI 644 was initially reported as delayed but boarded and departed on time. By 2058 the Boeing 757-200 turned north on the way to Reykjavik. It was lights-out for me. I intended to sleep as much as possible until we arrived. Thursday July 10 Having...
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Fence Repair 2014

Fence Repair 2014

Saturday, June 21 was the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. It also happened to be the day we started repairing the fences. The three-board fencing was originally installed in 2004, when we built the farm. Being made of wood, it requires periodic maintenance. After ten years, several boards and a few...
Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Even when the weather was fair, the same gray landscape greeted me on the way to the barn each morning. Then one day a purple crocus was sticking up where there was only brown grass the day before. The signs of spring were late, but unmistakable. At the beginning of April, the grass was starting...
Spring Tempest

Spring Tempest

Wednesday afternoon. As I walk to the barn, ominous dark clouds and rumbling thunder herald the advance of a storm. It is coming from the west, usual for such storms, though it appears to be passing to the south. The air is thick and still…the actual calm before the storm. Soon, though, the first faint ripples of wind disturb...
Prague 2014 Part III

Prague 2014 Part III

Karlin-Prague, February 28 – Melanie arrived on Friday managing to get checked-in and to find a bank where she could exchange some money. That day, work ended around 1730 so everyone could say their goodbyes. Steve prepared to leave for Germany, while John prepared for the flight back to the U.S. Meanwhile, Melanie and I...
Prague – 2014 Part II

Prague – 2014 Part II

Prague, Czech Republic – Prior to leaving for Prague, I’d already compiled a list of things to see. After looking around on the first day, my list was little more than an introduction. Prague has more than a thousand years of history. Far more art, architecture and medieval streets than can be explored in just...
Prague - 2014 Part I

Prague – 2014 Part I

Prague has been described as the favorite European city by most of those I know who have visited. So when a business trip afforded a chance to go there I intended to be thoroughly prepared, even adding an extra weekend so Melanie could join me later. Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), February 21 – Check-in and security...
Wanted: Winter Respite

Wanted: Winter Respite

The winter of 2013-2014 has been the coldest in the quarter-century that I’ve been here. More “wintery” is a better way of putting it. There have been colder temperatures and deeper snows in years past. But winter in northern Virginia is expected to be long spans with temperatures in the 30s (F), punctuated by a...
Small Orchard

Small Orchard

The American Primitive style of painting has been around at least since the 13 original colonies. Several paintings of this style include idyllic farms with a house, a barn, livestock, tilled fields and an orchard. The Primitive or Naive style was originally practiced by artists with little or no training, rather coincidental given that my gardening...
The Tomato Bed

The Tomato Bed

This year, I slightly adjusted the configuration of the plant beds in the kitchen garden. Strawberry Bed – The main bed contains only strawberry plants. My hope is for a repeat of my first attempt, which yielded enough to make strawberry jam. The triangle part of the bed has been sown with the first batch...
Spring 2013

Spring 2013

The start of spring depends on who you ask. February 2nd, when groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, his handlers declared an early spring. By March 1st, and a few consecutive days with spring-like temperatures, Melanie declared the beginning of spring. There was no use pointing out the official beginning of spring – the...
Kitchen Garden 2013

Kitchen Garden 2013

Mid-March – The official beginning of spring is almost here. There are a few preparations not yet done. Too late really. Compost should have been added sooner, so it has more time to break-down. I’m anxious to get the garden started, so I add it anyway and till it into all the vegetable beds. Mid-April...
Old Man Winter 2012-2013

Old Man Winter 2012-2013

It’s true what they say, that as one grows older time seems to pass more quickly.  While growing up, a year seemed more like a geologic age rather than mere months. The less pronounced seasonal changes of the South, where I grew up, may have contributed to that perception. Virginia’s seasonal changes are distinct, almost...