Warm Winds of Winter

February 2020 Having spent the greater part of the last 10 years either in the Middle East or in the tropics I've managed to escape the rigors of winter for a good while.  That's exactly what I wanted, since winter is no friend of mine.  I grew up with it in my corner of the Bitter North and remember only too well below-zero temps in January and snow so deep we had paths between the [...]

2020-02-03T02:20:36+00:00By |USA|Comments Off on Warm Winds of Winter

A Day in the Orchards

August 2018 One of the pleasures of summer in my old stomping grounds in the States is the coming of fruit season.  After the long winter months when the freezer is the only thing that produces fruit Nature cuts loose and all manner of things come to ripeness over a period of a few months.  I know on which side my bread is buttered, or to use a another equally trite phrase, I'm smart [...]

2018-12-27T21:57:09+00:00By |USA|0 Comments

A Spot of Summer in the Bitter North

July 2018 It's high summer in the Bitter North now, when for those few brief months a magical transformation comes to forests that spend much of the year under deep snow.  A few years ago on a visit home I betook myself to an area within an hour's drive of where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.  I have the good fortune to come from one of the areas of [...]

2018-12-27T21:57:10+00:00By |USA|0 Comments

Lessons from the Backwoods

The story I have to tell here goes back nearly 15 years now, which astonishes me.  My memories of that time are still razor sharp, time has had no power to dull them, but I must say they are not much in the front of my mind now, lurking rather nearer the back part of the mental storage unit.  Since developing the idea of doing this blog the intent to write about my experience [...]

2018-12-27T21:57:40+00:00By |USA|0 Comments