HAPPY 6 MONTH BIRTHDAY TO MY NIECE BABY ALICE!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
My very good friend's dog died last month and we were all very sad. Izzy had the sweetest temperament and was just a love. This is my favorite picture of Izzy where she was happiest, at home hanging around the kids.
Over the weekend my friends brought home a new puppy named Ringo and I stopped by today to meet the newest member of the family. Izzy wil always be in our hearts but little Ringo is already bringing lots of joy into the fold!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Westport is empty. It's February break and it's a ghost town here. I am getting lots of pics on my cell phone of palm trees and ocean beaches with messages like "wish you were here!" and "start flying!". Since that's not happening any time soon (I haven't gotten on a plane in almost 20 years), I drove around Westport this afternoon looking for scenes that at least looked like a vacation spot in February.
Did it look like I was on vacation?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
You expect to see a lot of things in Westport; soccer moms in SUV's, toddlers with iphones, a few famous people speckled here and there but what I didnt expect was a South African making THE BEST maple syrup right in his backyard in the middle of winter. Have you ever tried to make maple syrup? It's not difficult, just tedious. For 10 gallons of sap, you wind up with only 2 little pints of syrup. First you have to tap your maple tree and wait a good five days to gather enough sap. Then you have to spend the entire day watching it boil down and maneuvering vats of scalding liquid all when there is an aisle full of maple syrup right down the block at Whole Foods. Obviously I thought this was going to be a waste of time. I didn't expect much since I figured you had to at least grow up near Vermont to produce a decent batch. Well this South Afrcian knows what he's doing. The maple syrup was awesome. A little lighter, a bit less sweet with a hint of smoky flavor. Definitely worth the effort and I should know by the amount of pancakes I eat!
Collecting sap in a backyard in Westport, CT.
The first transferring of boiled sap to a smaller pot.
Watching and waiting for sap to boil down in the good ol' outdoors!
After a long day the sap has boiled down enough to be finished on the stove inside to control the heat more carefully (no one likes burned syrup).
And after a little while longer- Voila! Syrup!
With professional looking containers!
The South African Sap Tapper
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
My nephew; awesome kid, awesome hip hop artist. I'm lucky he's part of our family. I could give you a million reasons why but then he would be too embarrassed by this post. Here are just two of my favorite songs. He goes by the name Rada. Listen, then follow him. He's gonna blow up one of these days!
*The young woman on the first track has a truly beautiful voice and the second track is a remix and homage to his stepfather (my brother). The little girl on that track is Soleil, my four year old niece!
Follow Rada here: