Battened Down



Real winter is here—no longer the pseudo winter-in-name-only we’ve been enjoying so far this season.




It’s snowing, the wind is whipping by my window and it’s cold—soon to be downright frigid. Boots, hats, scarves and mittens will be a necessity—happy news for a knitter!

Findus is on full alert—a cheeky red squirrel has been making itself at home in the bird feeder.

The kitchen cookstove is humming along, wood brought in for the evening, chair at the ready, wisps of steam escaping the tea kettle.

The birds are shut in and there is an enormous Dutch oven filled and bubbling with fragrant beef stew—as local as it can be—Quill’s End Farm beef, our own carrots, shallots, celery, rutabaga, tomatoes and green beans, and potatoes from the County.

The last paperwhites of the season are beginning to bloom, along with yet another amaryllis.

Finally, there is a pattern to be written and proofed, and one more pair of mittens to knit.And, herself has cleaned (!!) her room and has a new movie ready to watch. We are all set for the evening!


  1. Phoebe says:

    Beef Stew!! My favorite!!

  2. John says:

    Sorry to be missing the stew! Windy and cold in DC too.

  3. Polly says:

    The stew was very good!! Although I have to say your real winter moment was a welcome relief from the storm we had up in Eastport that day…

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