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  1. Reading though this just now after 18 months of lockdown/covid/restrictions makes me so grateful that I got all this travel in when I did. It also makes me want to get back out there soooooo much. I wonder if the world will ever be open like that again. I essentially travelled based on 1) what looks interesting and with delicious food, 2) what's the travel situation to get there, 3) where can I sleep, and 4) what's the visa situation, and how long can I stay? It was really all so easy. Me + a carry-on bag for about 6 years. I thought I was doing it before I got too old to manag
  2. Is anyone interested in participating in a seed exchange? I have 4-5 cool varieties of tomatoes that I plan to harvest seeds from- also have wild plum pits that I foraged this year (and can go get more), and some meaty cucumbers. (I'm in Colorado). There are pods on my french breakfast radishes that I assume are seeds. I'm a bit of a newbie about harvesting/saving seeds, but I feel this could be a fun project, and maybe we can all learn something.
  3. I've been pretty lucky this year. Most of my seeds were in storage for 6 years! and still produced. I planted tons of tomatoes, which started ripening about 2 weeks ago. I have: Romas, San marzanos, little red pears, pomodoros, mortgage lifters and some orange one that I'm not sure what it is. My rancho gordo beans grew- and produced! I didn't plant many of them, and the yield/plant isn't great, so I'm going to save what I harvested and plant next year. Alubia Blanca, Midnight Black and Domingo Roja all were successful. Lots of Romaine and Butterhead lettuces, but boy you have to ca
  4. I have a basil that gets sun all day, and one that gets sun in the afternoon on. The full sun basil is not happy at all- look a bit like yours, with thin sad leaves and quickly bolts. The semi-sun basil is much happier. Still have to watch it for bolting, though.
  5. Oh mongo, how awful! I know how much you love your gardening, especially now when it's one of the few allowable activities. I cherish mine, for sure. I'm sure A is crushed. I don't know if this will help you, but I've enclosed my raised bed in chicken wire- mostly to keep out the prolific bunnies. Perhaps a winter project is to build a chicken wire fort? Maybe if it doesn't keep the little shits completely out, it will deter them. I'm so sorry that you lost it all
  6. This may be a sacrilege to mention, but the happiest plants in my fledgling garden are.... Rancho Gordo beans! I have Alubia Blancas, Midnight Blacks and Domingo Rojos, and they are all about 3 inches tall and thriving.
  7. bolderite mentions Kelly Whitaker, but he's got a new one in Denver called The Wolf's Tailor: https://thewolfstailor.com/ That's been mentioned in some article as a top 6 new restaurant in the country. Haven't been, but thought I'd throw that out. I have been to both Basta and Oak in Boulder. Black Cat in Boulder I like because the food is excellent, and most comes from his own farm east of town. One interesting thing I like in Denver is Comal Heritage Food Incubator. It's essentially a daily takeover by a different group of immigrants, and I've never failed to be impressed by the mission
  8. Tyrannosaur, with Olivia Colman and Paddy Considine. Dark as F. Colman has, to me, been that great actor in the background, that's finally getting her just rewards. She's phenomenal, multi-faceted, sad, sympathetic. Considine, holy crap. The opening of the film had me believing there was absolutely no way I would every give a rat's tiny ass about this horrible man. And then I did. Amazing performances. Highly recommended. (another from channel 4)
  9. I've been pretending that I live in the UK and have been pointing my VPN there to watch BBC and Channel 4 shows. Channel 4: Traitors- a 6 part series about a young woman in London just after WW2 who's using her position to spy for Americans trying to root out Russians in English g'ment. Very entertaining. I love spy stuff, and this is pretty well done. And has the bonus of Keeley Hawes in it. Great clothes. The Virtues: A somewhat predictable story told in a very compelling way. The lead actor- Stephen Graham is mesmerizing. He can be a sensitive caring dude, and when drunk, a col
  10. Everything I've read about her, or seen on TV, tells me that she was really a great lady. I'm glad we got to know her.
  11. CheeseMonger


    I made duck last night for dinner, and had a similar thought. Also, despite employing the google, I haven't received a satisfactory explanation as to why is rare duck is "okay" when rare chicken is well known to be a big no.
  12. Horrible business. I'm also feeling a bit torn that I never tried to brave the line to enter. As far as rebuilding, here's an interesting article about a historian that made a complete laser scan of Notre Dame: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150622-andrew-tallon-notre-dame-cathedral-laser-scan-art-history-medieval-gothic/
  13. I was a beet hater all my life, because they were the pickled in a can type. And one day in 2004, I was having dinner at a friends, and she roasted beets and topped them with goat cheese. I know that's a combo that's seen everywhere now, but I was transformed. Voyager your beets look amazing, thank you for another way to enjoy.
  14. I know this is late for the OP, but may be helpful to others. My family has a place up the coast from Myrtle, and I went to visit a few weeks ago. We had lunch at a place called Flying Fish Public Market & Grill that was very good. Beautiful space overlooking the intercoastal, a tidy fresh fish counter and a good menu. My Dad declared the crab cakes some of the best he'd ever had, and he's always ordering crab cakes. One tip- Hoskins in North Myrtle is an institution, and their fried flounder is outstanding. It's a "meat and three" (two?) set up, and other dishes are also good, but th
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