Sunday, August 27, 2017

Donna Leon and Tomatoes...

You can tell Fall is on the way when the tomatoes start to really go to town...Our plant is in a huge pot and is now about five feet up out of the pot.  Beautiful tomatoes.  Meanwhile I have been reading all the books from our library which have been written by Donna Leon. The Inspector Brunetti series. I think I can safely say they are a vehicle to bring Venice and the Italian culture to the forefront of our minds. That is what has happened. Fascinating books in the detail, food, mind set and humor of the Italians of the region. Having never visited, it's the only clue I have as to that lovely City. I am thankful to Donna Leon for having written so many in the series. There is a gap in the middle of the series that I haven't read, so will probably be lurking on Thriftbooks for those.   You can read reviews in the links I have posted here, so no need for me to grow verbose. Just read the books.  They are in the Literary Mystery mode.  More texture and culture than mystery, even though the mystery carries us along. I would like to see what Donna Leon could do with a full length historical novel set in Venice.  I think she would nail it!  Not to sound to plebeian, but nail it she would.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Roses and Reading...

Summer in the lovely Vermont urban environment.....Breezy, mild, lazy Summer days. With all the commotion out there in the world, I will be posting some gentler reminders of our and then. Reading Donna Leon books now - my library has several, so may as well give up on reading them in order. Each pile I check out I do read in order of publication, but from pile to pile it varies.  I like Brunetti.  The plots don't always resolve of course because her work is more literature than genre, and the setting being Venice, given Italian politics, you have to take the stories as more of a cultural and intellectual pastime. Given the pile of books I have in the unread category, I may get through some of the piles by next year. :) 

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Some more lovely Vermont Flowers - Hanging basket above and Day Lilies below. Here in Vermont where the winters are long and chilly, and so much of the Fall is bare trees, we really love the Spring, and even more the Summer of color. Flowers galore. This was a good year for rain and snow in Fall and Winter and Spring, and now the Summer is in full bloom. Nice days to sit and relax on the deck in the shade and read a good book. I am reading Daniel Silva's latest at the moment, and as usual it is absorbing.  Some Steven Saylor in the wings, and Michael Chabon, plus Lisa See, Elizabeth Bunce and a whole lot more. Get to those details later...for now it's resting and reading!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer in Vermont 2017

Giving Vermont equal time, as this year the flowers and trees are just lovely - enough rain and last winter's snow has produced some lovely living peonies, flags, rhododendrons, roses and hostas....

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Seattle Spring Photo Musings...

Plants are so beautiful when there has been a good amount of snow and rain previously.  The area around Seattle was in bloom, and this was one of the lovely displays in Bothell.

Eating out is always fun and there are so many choices, from Asian cuisines to American Midwest Food. :) This is the window of a new ramen place in Kirkland. And oh my stars - the definition of ramen has to change from those dried packages we have been buying! DELICIOUS here where people know the food.

Display on table of succulents.....including hen and chickens...set off by RED!  The weather was cool most of the time, a few warm days but all in all the climate of the Pacific Northwest is the best ever because there are fewer HOT days. However, the humidity is high a lot of the time.  Like Vermont, the casual clothing most common out in the PNW is another real plus. If you wear your sandals, jeans and fleeces you are going to look like a native for sure! :)

Maltby Cafe wall, located in Snohomish, WA. Mother's Day 2017. Excellent food and done just right. Local is always best.   But sometimes you want a tried and true piece of pie!!!
When you want that tried and true piece of pie, there is always Shari's!  Of course we don't have that in the East, so this is always a treat.....coconut cream pie.....uuummmmm....good!

Driving the bridge to Seattle...they tell me Bill Gates lives right over there in those trees somewhere. Nice location and beautiful sky that day.

Another of my favorites is this lovely tree. Lovely feathery fronds reaching down....beautiful.

Red Robin is always a fun trip! Another place we don't have here.  I love the menu because it is so varied. lots of good times....