Category Archives: Country

Fifth Day of Christmas

Happy five golden rings. It got down to nearly zero Fahrenheit last night. This morning, the hot-water heater sent voluminous puffs of steam out the chimney. The day started cloudy but the sun is coming through. I’m home, cleaning the … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Day. I came home after a very successful Christmas Eve service at the Presbyterian church, and an intimate and joyful Midnight Mass in the village. Attendance was down at the latter because of storm warnings, but there was … Continue reading

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Jupiter

Jupiter was up and brilliant in the pre-dawn sky. Three of the Galilean moons visible. The planet was very bright indeed but I could still resolve the main equatorial bands. I’d been up since the wee hours with the telescope. … Continue reading

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Turkey Soup

I can’t understand why we never made stock from the remains of the Thanksgiving turkey. It seems so wasteful in hindsight. I broke down the mighty beast the other day and boiled it with onion, celery, and a wilted head … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

The turkey is defrosting. Bags of fresh cranberries await. So do white potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, brussels sprouts, small white onions, and makings of both fresh and pre-made stuffing–I haven’t decided that detail yet. A half-gallon of pasteurized but non-homogenized … Continue reading

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Saunders Peony

A lovely gift arrived today from Madison, Connecticut: the root of a Saunders peony. Dr. Saunders of Hamilton College was the most famous cross-breeder of peonies; I read that over 200 varieties are now attributed to him. This one apparently … Continue reading

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Program Tonight

This evening, I’m speaking and performing at the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church. The Greek Revival building, dating to the early 1800s,  stands on a commanding high point in Orange County. The view is magnificent. The organ was installed in 1890. I … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Summer

My second full summer in this beautiful place. It’s been wonderful. The magic of newness is still with me; there’s just so much left to discover, and country living agrees with me. Today, for example: a rare day off on … Continue reading

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Ashes to Ashes

A break from the astronomy–though last evening offered really good seeing and high transparency, and I had the best views I’ve ever had of Jupiter and of M13. The ash trees are dying. All of them. Everywhere. On this continent. … Continue reading

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Of Pocket Cameras

Even overexposed and blurred by the movement of about one second of arc, it’s fun to share a picture of Jupiter and its moons. Very improvised setup, just an old Canon pocket camera put up to the eyepiece (for the … Continue reading

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