Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sailing on Lake Champlain

My best friend Parker was visiting last week and after a few days of hard work we took the afternoon on Saturday to go sailing on Lake Champlain, sailing from the town launch in Shelburne.

Near the shore the wind is reasonably calm as there are a number of islands and points that buffet the breeze, but once out in the more open thoroughfare of the lake it got pretty breezy, and consequently kinda wet too, but mostly just fun. In my mind I think of the lake as this sort of calm body of water, but this day there were swells, waves and small whitecaps, making for a splashy ride up and a surf-y sort of ride back down the wind, riding the swells like you might on a surfboard or a kayak.

At the beginning of the summer I declared that this year I really wanted to make a point of sailing a bunch, but as it goes the house project has been very demanding and and this was the first (and I suspect) last sail of the season.

I'm so glad we got to go.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ketchup Time

The recipe

Boiling down (the lumps are bags of spice)

We've made ketchup for the last few years and are hooked on our version of this venerable condiment. Our stuff is way more rich and flavorful than your standard issue. Our tomato plants continue to provide us some great tomatoes, so we've been drying them and decided to use some up for our year's worth of ketchup.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Anatomy of a Staycation

Our friend Mary from Portland is here visiting for a week. Nancy is taking some time off and this is the framework of their week.