Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sussex sunrises

September, I’ve noticed, is a time of mists and drenching dew and deep violet salt haze when you look out to sea. We’ve been having plenty of all of the above these past three weeks. I love it. What I particularly like about this time of year, at least along this stretch of the Sussex…

Happy Hour

Dawn mist rising on old marsh road, Pevensey, East Sussex, England

I knew there was a reason why I went out early in the morning for my bicycle rides, aside from the simple liking of the dawn hours, but over the many years of getting up and heading out the door in the starlit grey I had more or less come to take the morning quiet…

Favourite Childhood Books

Writing in my post the other day about the new Kindle Paperwhite and old-fashioned books and memories of old-fashioned books brought to mind a lot of fond recollections of sitting on the porch at the venerable family pile in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, with the scent of balsam in the air and the cheerful babble…

The Kindle Paperwhite

I am one of those people who simply has to have something to read within reach, wherever he goes. If I take the train up to London you can bet I will have at least one, if not two, books in my knapsack, and be sure to pick up a copy of the free Metro…

Roman Holiday

My apologies for the lack of posts recently but I have been away – in Rome of all places, where the Smith family enjoyed a pleasing end-of-summer getaway, a combination of culture and gelato, particularly gelato. It was wonderful seeing Rome again. I had not been there since I was a kid, back in 1972.…