Late summer reading, writing and hiking
Summer is holding on here on our hilltop. We went hiking with the grandkids recently. We took the popular Bridle Path trail up Rattlesnake Mountain overlooking beautiful Squam Lake. Afterward, Joe and I hung out with my brother and his wife in Meredith on Lake Winnipesaukee. A memorable late-summer day.
Like so many places, we need rain here in northern New England, but my pot of basil is hanging on. I made pesto and froze it in a heart-shaped ice-cube tray. Not sure if the gang will go for heart-shaped pesto instead of sherbet! A nice late-summer drink is to freeze sherbet in a cute tray and drop a cube into soda or (my favorite) champagne.
These past couple of years haven’t been easy ones for many of us, myself included, but I love getting outdoors (on cooler days!) and, always, writing and curling up with a book. Every summer, I read or reread a classic. This summer it’s HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean. I first read it in high school when my older brother loaned me his copy.
I love the covers, designed by the incredible Kim Killion. I wrote these books early in my career as an author. Fond memories. Time does fly!
I hope you’re enjoying these late-summer days!
Coming up: An autumn giveaway! Vermont is a favorite with “leaf peepers,” and I’ve already started grabbing a few goodies. Also, I’ll be sharing a “sneak peek” of Return to Declan’s Cross, the tentative title of my long-awaited next Sharpe and Donovan tale.