During my exhausting trail half marathon this past weekend I may have tired myself out good and proper, but I managed to keep enough mental focus to nab some photos of my adventures through the autumn foliage. Of course when one is running an epic wilderness race carrying proper camera equipment is out of the question. I did have my smartphone, tho. And when opportunity permitted I tugged it from the side pocket of my hydration vest and paused for a moment to nab some photos. Enjoy.

Sunday Runday and I mostly rested. Having spent about three and a half hours running an ultra-style half marathon yesterday, the first actual bibbed, chipped, other-people-on-route race I’ve run in nearly two years, I was feeling very tired. By the time I crawled out of bed yesterday morning, the folks who tackled the much longer distances, eighty and one hundred kilometers, had already been running for a couple hours. The twenty-one kilometer race was set to start at noon, so I had plenty of time to sip my coffee, make pancakes for the family, do some stretches and prep my gear. In fact, I got a little bored waiting around the house and drove out to the start line an…

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I banked my evening post on some cast iron skillet focaccia bread. The plan was to bake a zesty round of generously seasoned pan bread, a twelve inch disc of leavened goodness, baked to perfection in the oven and sliced up for some Friday night snacking. I followed a simple recipe: some flour, yeast, olive oil, spices, salt, water… you know how this goes. Mixed, I set it all aside to rise. I waited. I watched. I put it into the proofing drawer of my oven. I waited some more. I think my failing was relying on store bought yeast. I would have gone the sourdough starter route, but I dreamed up this plan in the afternoon and was hoping…

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The local radio (yes, I still listen to the radio) was discussing apples this afternoon. The public broadcaster hosts an afternoon general interest show where a pair or trio of hosts chatter about local news topics, update on weather and traffic, interview local businesses, and generally have a daily topic encouraging people to engage and discuss and drop comments onto their feeds to participate in said chatter. Today the topic was apples. I don’t know how it goes in your part of the world, but around here almost everyone has or knows someone who has an apple tree. Mine is a magnificent fifteen year old baking variety apple. She stands nearly as tall as my two-storey house, and this year…

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