The Society Garlic has never had a fair chance. I planted it in July 2022, too late for Atlanta, but it seemed to hold on over the summer, which had more frequent rains than usual. It faded in the fall, but I had expected as much. However, the polar vortexContinue Reading

I don’t quite recall when I first experienced passionfruit. More than likely, it was at one of the two Brazilian restaurants we frequented in DC. “Brazil Tropical” was on the way to Georgetown, on Pennsylvania Ave (I think), while “Dona Flor” was on upper Wisconsin Avenue across from the movieContinue Reading

Well, gardening season is at hand, and I’m more excited about this season than I have been in a while. I miss playing in the dirt, and all signs indicate I’ll be pulling weeds before long. When brown descends across the yard every winter, anxious waiting takes hold, and thereContinue Reading

Time passes quickly, as it was a little more than two years ago when I wrote a post (Minolta Love—Enjoying My Toys!) describing my impression of all the cameras I had at the time. Should you read that post, you will find that I had only two non-SLR cameras—a 7sIIContinue Reading

The XK was Minolta’s first stab at a professional camera. It did not sell well. However, it was advanced for its time and backed by a range of excellent gear. These days, the XK is very much a collector’s item. Working models are pricey and, until recently, relatively hard toContinue Reading

Ahh…it must be January!  The sitting room is bathed in the fragrance of lemon blossoms! Only a few have opened, but already, the downstairs has taken on the delicately sweet aroma. The tree has been with us since 2018, and in most years, it only had a few flowers, butContinue Reading