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Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

On the right hand side bar find my take on Single Malt whiskey - from how to best enjoy this noble drink to reviews (in a most non-professional manner) of ones that I have tried and liked - or not. Also musings, mine and others, on life in general.

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Nice Hot Toddy Day - as modified from a drink introduced to me from life's best friend

I just came in from getting a couple of loads of Red Oak in my small - hauls a little over a 1/3 of a cord of wood - cart which I had cut yesterday late afternoon and semi-split into halves and then stacked and covered against the rain predicted for today.  Although this morning was overcast there was no rain but knowing it was coming I twiddled away until about 10:30 then thought get the wood to the house and under cover while the ground is still dry and firm for the tractor.  By the time I got to the second load the day was drear and spotting rain fairly consistently, and though the work was keeping me comfortable enough, I was getting that 'into-my-bones' feel of working in cold and damp.  Splitting halves into quarters, and stacking in the wood rick soon were finished and I came in to my wood fire burning and the feel of wanting something stronger than hot tea to comfort my solitude but not wanting a single malt at this time of day when really I wanted a hot drink, I remembered my sorely missed friend George introducing me to a nice hot toddy of strong black tea, a teaspoon of butter and a shot of good rum, so I checked in the back closets of the entrance way and found most of a bottle of the blueberry liqueur pictured above (15% Alc by volume) squirreled away from some long ago get together and thought I'd give it a try as the toddy enhancer - and it was GREAT. 
Give it a try some wet-chill day when you want a good pick-me-up!

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