Bristol 27

A friend owned a Bristol 27. A boat that could be comfortable for two on extended cruising but wasn't something two people could liveaboard.

Shotgun Christmas

Growing up in Manhattan, my idea of the forest was the little woods in the parks I played in. The lore of Christmas tree hunting was restricted.


My last stint doing bottom paint, wooding old varnish, was almost exactly twenty years prior.


The healthy growth of forests was a later phenomenon, he told me. When he was young, there were few trees; wood got cut for heat.

The Woodbox

While we had been courting visits to grandmother during the winter had required heating soapstone bedwarmers on the stove and putting them in the bed before retiring.