Of course, if we were still in St. Lucia:


Holly and I had a fabulous time… (click for larger pictures)












Are these people crazy?  Just about the card games of Recipe and Hand and Foot, along with good eats, drinks, and company.  Lots of fun up in the mountains.




Above: Pictures of our home and back deck, the Priest Range,
Three Ridges, snowscapes in front of our home and along Blue Rock Lane.


We had a lovely Thanksgiving with Tim and Megan, my sister Eleanor, and Holly’s sister Constance.   Subjects below: Thanksgiving Dinner, Walk at Jonesboro Cemetery, Dinner at Copper Mine Bistro at Wintergreen Resort.  And a beautiful sunset.

















In August we took our annual summer trip to longtime friends along the Delaware shore.  We shucked and ate lots of crab, along with other delicious dishes prepared by our hosts.  I (Bob) spent an interesting afternoon exploring the local state park at Holts Landing.  Note: the spider is a “zipper spider” in the bushes outside the house.


  Early August brought a lovely visit from my sister Eleanor.  Here she is at the Ravens Roost Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Good remembrances, conversation, and Chardonnay also blessed her visit!




A few photos from the wonderful stream of great pictures taken by Nic and Alison (as usual, click on pictures to see a larger image)



I like to experiment with different varieties of garlic; this year I planted Inchellum Red (from stock from last year’s harvest), Music, and Georgian Fire (mail ordered from a supplier in Maine).  Planting of garlic cloves takes place in the fall, generally September.  Presumably because of our rainy and cloudy spring, the plants matured more slowly than usual, and so harvest didn’t take place until July 3rd, several weeks later than usual.  Several dozen onions I’d planted were also pulled.  All are now curing in the kennel outbuilding.  Curing usually takes about one to two months, although one can “cheat” at any time for fresh pesto and other summer delights.

By late July, this Rampicanti Zucchini Squash weighed 15 pounds and was 48 inches long!  It will disappear into many loaves of zucchini bread!

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