The Summit That Wasn't

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
AKA the time we tried to climb to the top of Arthur's Seat and took the wrong path.

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
AKA neither Jim or I should be tasked with determining directions (this led to (hilarious) travel mishaps).

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
AKA the time we realized we took the wrong path and were too tired to go back down and all the way up, again.

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
(note peak in the background.)

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh AKA the time we took photos on the Salisbury Crags and called it a success.

Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh

Recommended Reads: Seating Arrangements

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Seating Arrangements

Prior to special ordering Seating Arrangements, I was going through a reading drought. This book got me through it however, and I read it over the course of a weekend at the cottage (very appropriate). It takes place over a long weekend at the fictional island of Waskeke located, I believe, in the Hamptons. The weekend is an important one, as it is the wedding of Winn Van Meter's eldest, and seven-months pregnant, daughter.Winn is in the midst of crisis - he loves his wife, Biddy, but is wondering if he has ever been in love with her. The tension builds as Winn has his eye on one of the bridesmaids, who may be interested in him as well. Winn is also tortured by his failure to gain admittance to the Waskeke country club, Pequod, which is he sure is due to Jack Fenn - whom he barred from his beloved Ophidian club at Harvard. Jack Fenn's son, Teddy Fenn, is also tied up in family politics with the Van Meters as the man who broke Winn's youngest daughter, Livia's, heart.

As you can imagine, there is no lack of excitement and suspense throughout the wedding weekend. The book begs the question: is it possible to find love in an environment consumed with decorum, formalities and appearances? Perhaps it is for those on the edges. Seating Arrangements is both literary and the perfect summer read for the beach (if you are so lucky).

I ordered this book online due to the glowing recommendation by Lily Stockman, here. Now that it has hit the New York Times Bestseller list, I doubt you'll have any trouble locating your own copy.

The Glasshouses Part Two

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Arid Lands

The Arid Lands glasshouse.

The Arid Lands

The Arid Lands

The Arid Lands

The Arid Lands

The Arid Lands
 
Taken with a Minolta Maxxum HTsi Plus using Kodak Portra 160

Cream Soda

Monday, 9 July 2012

Hey Meatball - Toronto

I am taking a break from Scotland photos to tell you that homemade cream soda is where it's at. Jim and I visited Hey Meatball for dinner and discovered their delicious homemade sodas (in addition to their delicious meatballs). As it turns out, it is really easy to make cream soda using this Martha recipe.  It requires caramelizing sugar and you can read a tutorial here. It also makes a really good soda float, bliss!

Hey Meatball - Toronto

Taken with a Minolta Maxxum HTsi Plus using Kodak Portra 400

Glasshouses Part One

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Glasshouses

If you find yourself at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, do not skip the glasshouses. It's £5 and worth every pence. Many of the glasshouses were extremely humid so my DSLR and SLR lenses fogged up. Most of the photos I took were on my iPhone, but some of my film shots worked out nicely.

Glasshouses

Glasshouses

Glasshouses

Glasshouses

Glasshouses

Taken with a Minolta Maxxum HTsi Plus using Kodak Portra 160.

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