New Arrivals

The first snow of winter, marching towards us across the Jura. The sun was shining in a final burst before a major storm that was due to hit overnight, and I had to go for a final autumn run in the last bits of warmth, even as I could see winter’s approach. No images here…

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Autumn Palette

Completing my regular running loop these days takes forever. Why? Because it’s so breathtakingly beautiful. I have to stop every now and then just to take it all in.   The bourbon-sweet scent of fallen leaves and late crops, the soft snik-snik-snik of leaves falling on other leaves, falling to the ground like a gentle…

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Glacial Flight

My visit to Alaska last week, to attend a memorial for a young friend, was marked by both tears and laughter. Tears because of his tragic and early death, laughter in memory of his brilliant and raucously funny spirit. In the midst of this, I was offered a chance to take a flight over the…

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A Whisky Woman and a Spring Cordial

I finally bottled a batch of elderflower cordial yesterday, after letting the brew steep for a couple of days and then rest in the fridge until I got around to cooking it up. One of the bottles I used – I’d actually saved it for use as a cordial bottle – reminded me of a…

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Blended Pumpkin Comfort

  The weather over the last week has turned decidedly seasonal-appropriate, with a dusting of snow on the Jura range and wind that is anything but gentle. The bird feeders are out, the garden is tucked in against the cold, and it was time for some comfort food. Pumpkin soup, fortified with Gruyère cheese. Usually…

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That Certain Something

Some time ago I posted the intriguing images of Ernie Button, who took photographs of dried whisky at the bottom of glasses. Button tried taking photos of other spirits at the bottom of glasses, but nothing else offered up quite the imagery of aged whisky. He turned to a researcher in fluid mechanics, Dr. Howard A.…

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Washed Up

Warmer water temperatures, reduced ability to fight illness, pathogens passed on from shellfish – it’s not quite clear which of these, or maybe which combination is raging through the sea star populations of the United States West Coast. But the fact is that millions of sea stars from Alaska to Mexico are wasting away, suddenly…

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Beach Sandskrit

We were walking on Malibu beach yesterday as the tide was going out. It left behind a long tale of the previous few hours, written in seaweed and flotsam. I didn’t count how many different types of seaweed left their notes on the sand, but from the number of red lobster shells in the receding…

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Variations on a Theme

It’s the season of peonies, one of my favorite flowers. We have several peony bushes out in the garden, but a good friend brought over a bouquet yesterday that included a couple of spectacular blossoms. I tried to capture the color explosion once without a flash, and once with a flash, using my phone camera.…

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The Green Spot

Not knowing much about Irish whiskies, I took the opportunity to do a bit of exploring during our trip to Ireland last week. The first dram recommended to me by the friendly bartender at the Porterhouse Temple Bar in Dublin turned out to be my favourite. For all its mild aroma of soft grain and…

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