Category Family

“The ‘breast of the nymph in the brake’ astounds no one”

Ever vigilant in keeping my gardening standards at the cutting edge of taste, Lady took to heart Muriel Stuart’s sage advice that gnomes and pheasants are out . . . . . . but stone nymphs are in . . . . . . with the happy result that my window boxes are now graced […]

Thanksgiving!

Back to Idaho for another Thanksgiving in Meridian! This time hosted by Dad and Lady in their new house and eaten upon their lovely new family-sized dining table (complete with appropriate wall captions). We missed Ashley’s family (who stayed in Montana) and Mark’s kids (who were in Seattle with their dad), but it was wonderful […]

Family and food in Stanley, Idaho

This “destination wedding” was high in the mountains, a good three hours’ drive from Boise.  The nearest town was Stanley, population 63, known for having the coldest average temperature in the lower 48 states. Our hotel was, appropriately, made of logs and surrounded by giant trucks. As we checked in on Friday afternoon, we asked […]

Mark and Sarah get married

The happy reason for this trek out West was my little brother’s wedding.  After his first marriage ended a few years ago, he had returned to bachelorhood and I didn’t quite know what to expect next.  But then he met Sarah and her two kids and, well, after a couple of years of dating, they […]

Sharing with family

Hannah Gadsby’s “Nanette”is hands down the best comedy routine I’ve ever seen.  It’s wildly funny, powerfully furious, and deeply personal.  I may have snorted milk through my nose more than once (in retrospect, watching over a dinner of cold cereal might not have been the best idea), but I definitely came away with something to […]

Christmas Eve

First Christmas Eve in London.  Same trio as in recent years but without the familiar setting and trappings of home.  We didn’t try to reinvent our traditions (raclette!).  Instead we did what made sense in London:  take-away Indian food! After dinner we sat around the table talking far longer than it made sense to sit […]

Christmas Eve Day

  What a fun day!  Justin and I started the day with an early brunch** at The Elk in the Woods, which is just a few doors down from my flat.  (**Justin claims that anything before 10am doesn’t qualify as brunch and must be called breakfast; I’m just going to call it early brunch.)  The […]