Friday, February 26, 2010
So rather than reinvent the wheel, I humbly defer to Pat's entry last week over at Bay Road Photo. Some great photos, lots of interesting pond trivia, and a couple cool interviews with the experts. But before I send you over there, might I mention the recently promised Guinness Ice Cream is done and sitting comfortably in the dipping cabinet, awaiting your next visit...
Sorry about the squirrel drinking Guinness photo, couldn't be stopped.
Here's the link to Pat's great pond piece:
Dredging Project Link
Image by Patrick Brough.
The quality of my little videos is pretty average by comparison, but in the interest of logging the completed state of the dredged pond into the Diaries, here are mine...
Hope to see you soon.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Well, I guess it was nearly inevitable that our luck would eventually run out (or our luck would return, depending on how you feel about snow), and a snowstorm would finally wander north enough to force us to fire up that under-appreciated snowblower in the back of the garage.
A few ticks up on the thermometer, and this morning's winter wonderland has quickly become a winter slush puppy, but I'm happy to report I was able to wander out with my camera this morning before the changeover. Thanks mostly to an early morning wake-up call that came in the form of an avalanche-like crash of snow falling off the slate room of my house.
Whoever borrowed Mt. Tom this morning, please return it. No questions asked.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Had the chance to escape to the coast for a brief post-Valentine's Day respite earlier this week. Not so much writing this time, but still managed to capture a few images. There's nothing quite like snow on the beach. Unnatural, yet beautiful nonetheless.
Hope you enjoy.
I hope you are enjoying this cold and nearly snowless winter so far. Pitchers and catchers arrived this week, so Spring must be around just a few more corners. Next week is looking to be a bit snowy, so perhaps not yet time to put away the snow shovel and boots. We New Englander's are a patient breed when it comes to the weather. Spring will get here when it feels like it. In the meantime, put a scoop of pellets on the fire and on your way to the couch, grab yourself warm (or cold) beverage and a comforter , flip on the Olympics, and savor the slower pace of life while it's still here.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
* I'm no lactose scientist, but I'd say a small ice cream would be about the same as a couple glasses of milk.
And on the same topic albeit a much lighter note...
I realize it's too late for Valentine's Day, but if you're interested in a tee above for your dairy-dreading date, you can find them HERE.
And if all else fails, there's always sorbet or soy gelato (should be starting that up again in a month or two). And one last thing for you unfortunate latose-intolerant, if I come across any good spinach recipes, I'll be sure to pass them along.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Handmade gourmet chocolates...turtles, maple creams, cherries, buttercreams, and much more...
Making these kept us busy yesterday during the crazy snow (non)event...
And certainly not least, we've got a big stack of fresh strawberries ready and waiting to be hand-dipped in chocolate. Those will be available starting tomorrow (Friday) thru the weekend (or as long as they last).
Hope to see you soon, and Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.
We now return to your normally scheduled commercial-free blog banter.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
The dipping cabinets are restocked. The chocolate display case is overflowing with fresh gourmet chocolate delights. The candy jars are reloaded. Fresh coffee beans are in the house. Cups, napkins, ingredients, and all the other ice cream shop necessities are on the way. The Mt. Tom's supply chain is back on line and ready for 2010. The Valentine's Day display displays proudly in the front window, and a good batch of Valentine's candy is up, ready to help satisfy the candy cravings of your one special someone. In short, I'm pretty much all caught up and finally have a chance to start blogging again.
In the interest of likely more interesting photos (if you're outside my extended family anyway), I've opted to brief you on the second part of my January of leisure first. The first ten days were spent in sunny (but chilly) Florida with the family. We threw a 50th wedding anniversary party for the folks so this year, instead of just me, my brother's family, and the folks, it was a vacation overflowing with uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Very cool, but probably not as interesting to you as vacation adventure part 2. Colorado & Utah...
I'll let the photos do most of the talking. Above is me next to the elk statue in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Many thanks to longtime friend Beth,her husband Pete, and wicked cool daughter Gretchen for the hospitality. In case you've never been there. here's a shot of downtown Boulder, Colorado, one of my favorite towns in the U.S. It was definitely on my short list of places to open an ice cream shop back six or seven years ago. Part college, part hippie, part artsy, very cool, if you ever find yourself in that area, well worth an afternoon walkabout.
Here's an interesting find in a gallery there...
Janna Ugone lamps. Her studio is right here at 1 Cottage Street in Easthampton. Nice.
After a couple relaxing days in the Denver burbs, it was off to Park City, Utah, by way of Salt Lake. Another local artist sighting while walking through the SLC airport, Mark Brown clocks being sold in a terminal gift shop. Easthampton artists rule.
Park City, Utah is the great little ski town about 40 minutes outside Salt Lake. There are only 3000 permanent residents, but swells to 45,000 during the ski season. And well beyond that for the 10 days of the uber-hip Sundance Film Festival.
As luck would have it, my visit with buddy Mark, his wife Marissa, and their 2 little princesses falls right in the middle of the Sundance festivities. The town is overflowing with L.A. types, (locals call them PIB's - 'people in black'), with their fancy fur coats, high heels, and Iphones. It's quite a spectacle. The rich and famous are all around. Paparazzi mill about. Locals and tourists wander the streets, anxious to catch a glimpse of a 'star'. We tried to just act cool as we did our usual little pub crawl through town, but it's hard not to be on the lookout for someone famous. Most were well-hidden in their fancy private backroom parties, but we did see a few. Here's my brush with fame...
The movie we got to check out was the premiere of 'Get Low'. It stars Bill Murray, Robert Duval, and Sissy Spacek. Wouldn't you know, they were all there. They got introduced, and even did a Q&A afterwards....
One of the questions from the audience was to Bill Murray - 'Is it true that you snuck up behind someone downtown and put your hands over their eyes, and they said 'who is that?' And you said, 'You wouldn't believe me if I told you.' And then you snuck away.' Wouldn't put it past him, he was genuinely funny during the unscripted after-movie banter with the audience.
Here's one more, my buddy Mark's daughter, hanging with the Snoop Dog...
I showed all these photos to one of my 17 year old scoopers. She barely knew Ben. Had no idea who Bill Murray or Robert Duval were, but she knew the Snoop right away!
On to the other main attraction of Park City in the winter - Skiing! They were having a terrible ski season, hardly any snow, until just before I got there. It snowed for 5 days straight, nearly six feet! Needless to say, the skiing was tremendous...