A Modest Appreciation

Last week, I watched my neighbor press apple juice by hand as a demonstration for local school children. It’s something he’s been doing for a few years, taking his smaller apple press around to various village schools or inviting them up to the farm so kids can see what’s been going on here for generations.…

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Pressing Issues

I was sitting in my office today, wondering – as I sometimes do – how to write about pangolins. As I often do. There was an unaccustomed sound outside, something that broke above the unrelenting rain we’ve had over the past few days. Children’s voices, a lot of them. I stood to look out and…

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End of Season

A few photographs from the old farm next door to our place. Autumn is always a busy time – the garden gets readied for winter, the wood gets stacked, and best of all, they’ve been pressing apple cider. We’ve been lucky to be on the receiving end, every year, of their fine product. The apple…

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Swiss Pomology

Today I’m driving up to the Aubonne Valley National Arboretum in Switzerland. It’s a large park situated in a valley between mountains and the vineyards of Lake Geneva’s northwestern shore. The last time we were there, many years ago, the manager of the arboretum kindly gave us a tour. Once he found out I was…

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