Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fun with Chilmark Girl

The end of my New England trip was all about family. I've already blogged about going to the Sox game with my dad on Wednesday night. Thursday, Chilmark Girl (my little sister, for those who don't know) and the BIL got together for lunch with Leon and I. Friday night they had us over for dinner.

I brought a round of Camembert with me and a bread called Ami de Fromage from a Chicago bakery. I was very eager to have CG try my cheese, because this is her first time tasting some that I have made with raw Guernsey milk. She seemed reasonably impressed.

Chilmark Girl has been one of my primary cooking inspirations in life (along, of course with Mom- however my cooking style is much more like CG's than it is like Mom's was). It was the kind of meal that I'd expect from CG- succulent pork tenderloin, amazing salad, fresh asparagus (perfectly steamed) Parmesan biscuits, and a wild mushroom risotto that I couldn't believe. Dessert was the orange-ricotta tart with blackberries that you can see us holding in the top photo.

The CG household gets on very well with Leon and I in part because they are fellow geeks. The BIL and the nephew spend lots of time building electronic gadgets from parts that they scrounge from old electronics that they find online, at yard sales, and in the trash. Sample invention: a zapper that discourages squirrel raids to the bird feeder. It was only natural that the group would spend the evening blacklighting in the back yard.

Still working on an ID for this tiny guy

Harris's Three-spot (Harrisimemna trisignata)

The blacklighting was notable only for the good company. Most of the latter half of the trip was cloudy and rainy. We did get a few good moths, however, including Harris's Three-spot, a lifer for me.

The weather improved on Saturday, which was beautifully warm and sunny. We had lunch in downtown Manchester and time in the park with my brother, SIL, and two nieces. The CG family arrived by boat, and took Leon and I out for some time in Manchester Harbor and out by Misery Island.

The outer harbor, looking back towards Manchester

I spent a lot of time on the water off of Cape Ann when I was growing up. It's been many years since I've been out there. I had a great time, and was surprised at how enthusiastic Leon was about being out on the water.

Me, the nephew (who's nearly 14) and Leon. The last time I say the nephew at Christmas, I was still able to look him in the eye. Now I'm definitely looking up at him. Yeeps!

It was a wonderful weekend. Thanks, Chilmark Girl!

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At 16:15, Blogger Fresh Kiki said...

We had the BEST BEST BEST time with you guys- I would like to make one comment- The camenbert was AWESOME! It still amazes me how far you have come with cheese making. I cannot wait to see whats next :-)

At 22:58, Blogger Taradharma said...

I have discovered your lovely blog via Roger and Robin. I scrolled down the page, and was amazed at the photos - the moths and the flowers, the swales and Maine shots. Wow. You guys are really diversified in interests and talents. Very cool. See you 'round!

At 23:34, Blogger Ur-spo said...

I have never seen photos of your relatives until now.

At 10:28, Blogger robin andrea said...

What a great family visit. That with the water and those beautiful moths, it's a perfect vacation.

At 00:43, Blogger Seabrooke said...

I think your unidentified moth is 6261 - Heliomata cycladata - Common Spring Moth. Harris' Three-spot is a cool moth, I've only seen a couple, here last summer, but they're very strikingly patterned.

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At 06:12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Doug, ID on the little moth, maybe a Lichen Moth similar to Eudesmia arida or menea.
Oh and you have a fabulous looking sister. {:)

At 17:41, Blogger Doug Taron said...

CG- It was super! Your praise of my Camembert means a lot to me.

Tara- Welcome to the Tapestry. Thanks you for the kind words. Please drop by any time!

Spo- I've posted some pictures. I remember one of Dad singing Karaoke at Christmas.

Robin- It was a wonderful getaway.

Seabrooke- Thanks so much. I haven't had time to try to identify it. You just saved me the trouble.

Roy- I think Seabrooke nailed it. My sister seemed to get the good genes.

At 15:31, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Doug, your sister is gorgeous and I would love to sample that dessert! Tell her Hi for me. She commented on my blog once but when I followed her link there was no way to comment on hers. That little unknown moth is beautiful. Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

At 12:10, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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I was looking for blogs about Chilmark to share on our site and I came across your post...If you're open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
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