Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter Again

It was a very, very cold morning yesterday (8 degrees F. with a chill factor of -14 degrees). The dog and I decided to delay our walk until afternoon and by then the wind had died down and the temperatures rose to a balmy 16 degrees.  There were a few people out and about, but not many.  We managed to get in four miles.

We dropped by the local seafood market on the way home and the Thursday plane from the Atlantic coast was full of fresh seafood.   For a late afternoon treat there were six wild caught oysters from Martha's Vineyard and a wee nip of Lagavulin.  It was a good day.


Tuesday, February 9, 2016



A beautiful sunrise spoiled by one of the small necessities of life - electric power lines.  One minute later I was clear of the power lines but the colors were gone. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Fond Farewell

Along with the Highlands and Islands there is another type of whisky from Scotland, Lowland whisky.  It's a mellower take on whisky.  Case in point here is Rosebank, a distillery that ceased production in 1993 during hard times for producers.  It never reopened and the site was eventually turned into a shopping area.  Pity. 

Rosebank is/was elegant.  It smelled like flowers and spring and thanks to its triple distillation was smooth and gentle.  It was refined and flat out delicious.

What you see in the picture is the last of the bottle that I bought five years ago. Later tonight the bottle will be empty.  I don't normally get nostalgic about finishing a bottle of whisky, but this one is  a little different.  Not only was it delicious but it was also the last bottle that I shared with my father before his death four years ago. Details are unimportant here, just that there will be a smile and a toast tonight.

Internet searches tell me that if I want another bottle of Rosebank I should be prepared to pay $500 or much more.  This one was $80  but as time goes bye there is less and less of this product.  There won't be another at those prices, barring a lottery win.  I'm afraid my Scottish ancestors would haunt me for lack of frugality and common sense if I paid that amount.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Domestic Bliss?

Truly it was anything but bliss this morning when the dog and I set out for our walk.  Our drive to the starting point is only about seven minutes, but it was seven I won't forget.

I pulled to a stop at a traffic light at a busy intersection and was waiting for the light to change.  A couple (early 60's?) was standing on the corner and the woman was trying to insert a sign into the ground advertising a rummage sale at her home.  Her male partner was standing next to her after having apparently punched the holes into the ground for the sign.

Attached to the sign were two Mylar balloons filled with helium so that they would bounce in the wind and catch the attention of passersby.  Unfortunately the woman had a cigarette dangling from her lips and it was quite breezy.   One of the balloons (the purple one) came in contact with her cigarette and exploded in her face.  She jumped and began dancing around flapping her arms. 

I laughed, safe in my car, but her companion also laughed, and he laughed a lot more than I did until she smacked him with the sign that she was still holding.  The traffic light changed, I honked the horn and waved at them, and the canine and I  drove off for our walk. 

I don't think I will be attending the sale.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


A new (to me) oysters was resting on the ice at the local fishmonger's place this morning so half a dozen had to come home with me.  These are Salish oysters from Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada.

There's a bottle of Muscadet de Sevre et Maine chilling so there will be a pre-dinner tasting that will probably be better than dinner. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016


There are some amazing prices in the local market at this point in time.  I did a double take when I saw the price on the 2013Mauro Veglio Dolcetto D'Alba.  Several years ago I was paying $15 for this wine and loved it at that price point.  It tastes much better at $10 a bottle.

It seems a little lighter than I was expecting, but it was still full of dark cherries and Italian soil.  We had no trouble at all drinking it with thick, grilled veal chops and some faro cooked in a combination of beef and chicken stock.   

2103 Mauro Veglio Dolcetto D'Alba.  13% alcohol and $10.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Frozen Rant

One degree (f) here this morning with a chill factor of -14 degrees.  There will be a bored canine when she learns that our morning excursion has been cancelled because of the weather. 

The other thing frozen is my jaws.  Once in a while a beer is exactly what I need and yesterday it was a longing for a Guinness.  I brought home a six-pack and poured the first one into the pint glass.  Much to my surprise the glass was not full.  Even the head was below the rim of the glass.  When I checked the bottle I realized that Guinness has decreased the size of their bottles - while still charging the same price.  Instead of a 12 ounce bottle which perfectly fills a pint glass the contents are now 11.2 ounces. 

Now....time to find the Guinness website and launch a scathing attack on their accountants!