Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I've got some surgery coming up,
which will include a long incision.
And my doctor has prescribed honey
in an unexpected way.
As incisions heal, they are prone to infection
in the first week following surgery.
He has prescribed raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized honey
as a wound dressing . . . it is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory,
naturally antiseptic, and reduces swelling and pain.
Of course I paid a visit to my good friend
and bee-keeper, Joy Stinger (real name)
to get some fresh honey, still in the honeycomb.
You can be sure honey has never been heated
or pasteurized when it's still in the comb.
Thank you, Joy.
Thank you, honey bees.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
OF 2013 ORCHID SHOW
This is the time of year
when orchids burst into bloom.
One week to go
before the opening of the
2013 Orchid Show
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
This year's show features
the exotic orchids of Madagascar,
and marks the Garden's 25th anniversary
of plant research and conservation work
in this island country.
More than 600 orchids from the Garden's
historic collection will be on display,
starting February 1.
Orchids are indeed nature's masterpieces!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A WINDOW SEAT
Every time you fly.
And try to get behind the wing
for an unobstructed view of the world.
Some of my favorite views:
Clouds dancing above the blue Caribbean.
Mountain fault lines in northern California.
Cloud shadows above the Colombian Amazon jungle.
River frost tracing the flow of the Shenandoah.
Contour farmland in southern Illinois.
Fabulous views if you're lucky
and in a window seat . . .
And you remember to bring your camera!
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
SHOW THEIR STUFF
Coffee baristas competed for top honors
in Kansas City, Missouri,
to earn the chance to attend the U.S. National
Barista Championship in Boston this April.
Each barista had 15 minutes to prepare and serve
12 espresso beverages in front of 7 judges.
They earn points for technical skills, precision,
creative presentation and of course taste!
Contestants were allowed to add their own
ingredients, roast their own beans,
create their own recipe (and story) . . .
and bring their own cheering section.
What a show!
Friday, January 18, 2013
I'M OFF TO KANSAS CITY
TO COVER THE MIDWEST
U.S. BARISTA CHAMPIONSHIP
The best baristas from Midwest states
will compete for their chance
to earn a spot at the U.S. Finals.
This is the way it works . . .
The best to the test.
Each state, each region,
to the top of their nation.
on to the World Barista Championship
in Melbourne, Australia (May, 2013.)
BE BACK MONDAY!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
IT'S CAMELLIA TIME
in the old Linnean Greenhouse
at Missouri Botanical Garden.
Built in 1882, by Henry Shaw,
the Linnean Greenhouse is the oldest
continuing operating greenhouse
west of the Mississippi.
In late 2011, this magnificent landmark
"coldframe sash" greenhouse went through
a re-fit, with upgraded ceiling glass,
copper gutters and complete tuckpointing.
All the original brickwork was retained.
In order to run new steam pipes underground,
all the original (and rare) camellia trees
needed to be dug up and transplanted to
temporary quarters. All plants have been
re-established, and as you can see . . .
the original camellias are happily blooming again!
(While it's freezing cold outside. Brrrr.)