****Yes, it was another drizzly grey day here, and the annual pre-Christmas grocery shopping expedition to the big city, Owen Sound, half an hour north. We're using our 'outdoor fridge' for at least a few days, some food items stored in the cooler outside on the deck! I didn't get in a walk at all, so I think I will pause in worrying about walk duration until after the big family celebration.
Some of you may wonder how I keep myself amused on these late fall days that so many find a little depressing. I'm giving a Life Long Learning Series of 6 lectures early next year, on the Gardens of England and Europe. Over the past 25 years my wife and I have visited quite a lot of gardens, mostly in England, but a few in Scotland and in continental Europe, so I'm using that as the basis for a series on evolving garden styles. It's not about flowers or horticulture, but about the structure of the gardens themselves. Doing all the final preparation on this is not merely keeping me mentally engaged and challenged, but I find it quite exciting. I may even share a few of the pictures with you come mid-January.