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Shenandoah by Helicopter

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Today was a good day for a helicopter ride.

Morning field with amy

Morning field with amy

It was all Hollis’s idea. His helicopter too.

Control console

Control console

Sycamore Ghost

Sycamore Ghost

Beautiful day for flying

Beautiful day for flying

Visibility high

Visibility high

Shenandoah River

Shenandoah River

Fall colors from the sky

Fall colors from the sky

Incredibly fun. Now we want a helicopter again for the first time since 1993. Thanks Hollis!

Blooming, dying, running, flying, heat, chill, wind.. still.

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Wild Boar Rumpus

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How to make wild boar rag├╣.

Start with a superb epicurious recipe. Get some wild boar (shoulder is best but chops will work as well).

Make sure to seriously brown the boar (stew is flavored best that way) in cast iron (with the clarified onion). Deglaze the skillet with the red wine and use all of the crispy carbon bits when you switch pans.

Switch to copper braising pot for a long stew (notice the carmelization).

Heat tomato to a simmer before adding spices and herbs.

Use fresh herbs. The savory smell in the kitchen is now amazing.

Let the fat render. Cooking time should be 4-6 hours simmering with the lid ajar for two hours, and the lid on once most of the liquid is gone.

During the simmering have an Old Fashioned or three. Walk by the Shenandoah with the dogs.

Serve on fresh fettucini with sharp aged asiago grated over.

Eat with friends, wine, cocktails, cheesy scallops to start, some avocado salad. Adjourn to the bar. Let the dogs in. Laugh. Drink.

Bitter Liberals Shoot Skeet

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On a beautiful Fall day, the arsenal comes down. One half of the Bitter Liberals came out to plink and shoot some clays. Aubrey was in the house.

Mr. Kitselman shoots his dad's 45 from WWII Pacific Theater

Mr. Kitselman shoots his dad’s 45 from WWII Pacific Theater

Yep.

Yep.

Pistols at 50 feet

Pistols at 50 feet

The better half of the half of the Bitter Liberals

The better half of the half of the Bitter Liberals

On a walk by the river we found a fellow creature.

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Neil and Kerry at Duvall’s

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On an overcast hurricane day, we went to see a delightful collection of Neil and Kerry Stavely’s art in Millwood. Duvall Design in Millwood, VA is a great location for this kind of show. Artistic and artisan combined in perfect balance.

Duval Design Art Opening

Duval Design Art Opening

Neil and Kerry own Horse and Hare and operate a shop on the mall in downtown Winchester, VA.

Neil and Kerry Stavely

Neil and Kerry Stavely

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The show will be up for a few weeks. Make sure to go take a look.

Ritt Dietz Live

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Remember that Wisconsin gig? Me either.

But maybe these pictures will jog our collective memory??? Mr Ritt Dietz, it is a pleasure to play music with you. Big love.

Ritt Dietz and friends (including me on the fiddle)

Ritt Dietz and friends (including me on the fiddle)

If I Had a Boat covered by Ritt Dietz

If I Had a Boat covered by Ritt Dietz

Ritt's band includes Wilder Dietz, his very talented son

Ritt’s band includes Wilder Dietz, his very talented son

Had a blast playing fiddle in Wisconsin

Had a blast playing fiddle in Wisconsin

My bet is we’ll be doing this again!

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