My Resolve Got Battered

December 31, 2013

I was going to prepare a long list of Resolutions, but I prepared an old-fashioned baked fish Spencer with fries , zucchini, mushrooms and home-made tarter sauce instead.  It lasted about as long as my resolutions do, but tasted a whole lot better!


And The Trees Danced

December 31, 2013


and the trees danced

Turner In The Fraser

December 30, 2013


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End of Year Dim Summary

December 29, 2013

Wow!  I am so full I can hardly breathe — but loving it.  It is hard to imagine that the Western Lake can continue to improve its already lofty standards, but it does, every time.

As I lie here, flat on my back and belly straining for the ceiling, my mind reviews the two dozen or so times we’ve been to the Lake this year and I cannot find a fault with their food or service.  Yes, you may have to wait a half-hour or more for a table, sometimes in the driving rain; but you know why you are doing it, because the reward is so worthwhile and tangible: the finest tastes, fresh and steaming, served with multiple sauces and a variety of teas; and all at a bewilderingly low price.

One of the joys of the New Year is knowing I can go back another couple of dozen times in 2014 and never be disappointed.  Bravo!

Sky Meld

December 29, 2013

sky meld

This Sporting Life #8

December 28, 2013

In my sporting life  there have been some wonderful high points this year, but today just wasn’t one of them.

After giving the Australians a right thrashing in the Test series in England during the summer, our cricket team travelled to Australia for the winter series primed for victory and with all the odds in our favour.  Today, we find ourselves down four Tests to zero after yet another comprehensive defeat by the Aussies.

Our cricket has been shockingly bad — batting, bowling and captaincy; and it looks as though we need to have a thorough shake up of the entire team — just when we thought we had a group together that would be victorious for years to come.

Bitterly disappointing.

Still, we have the next sumo basho in a couple of weeks, and the cycling season starts with the Santos Tour Down Under in three weeks.  This sporting life can only improve!

Rope 1

December 28, 2013