Time keeps flying by at Hilltop! The deer have been devouring the thousands of acorns coming off of the two great oaks in the front yard. One of them must have good breath, too, because it ate the tops off of all our parsley in the back garden. We’ve had beautiful days, weather-wise, with the […]

I’ve been trying to post every two weeks, and this time (today) it falls on my birthday, the number of which shall remain nameless (or numberless). I’m not big on celebrating birthdays, but my wife, Crystal, always makes them a special day, as only she can do, starting with her homemade Main wild blueberry pie […]

It hardly seems as though two weeks have passed since I last wrote. Over Labor Day weekend we had a wonderful time sharing a modern mountain cabin in the Smokey’s with our good friends the Pearces, where we enjoyed a spectacular view, good food, and some sight seeing. Tomorrow, September 10th, in the afternoon, the […]

The weather here has finally moderated, and we are enjoying the garden with the addition of some new flowers. I have been composing every day during the daytime, coming down the home stretch of my symphony, which I hope will be done by Labor Day weekend. [UPDATE: It’s done! Click on the Symphony No. 2 […]

Thanks to a second course of antibiotics, I am happy to report that our well-loved kitty Oliver has fully recovered from whatever infection appeared to bring him near death’s door when I last wrote. Here he is, snoozing happily with his brother, Noah (behind him), on a typical sunny afternoon. In the woods outside, the […]

Welcome back to my little “Hilltop” that we named after the famous home of Beatrix Potter in England’s Lake District. Here is one glimpse of ours, the beautiful, bright-copper weather vane on our house, which we found a few years ago on a trip to Maine. Since last time I wrote, we happened to catch […]

Welcome back to Hilltop! We have continued to enjoy our outdoor gardens and some new spotted fawns, but have also turned our attentions indoors these last two weeks. It has been a time of transition, as Crystal gears up to begin her new job as the full-time music teacher at St. Edward School in Nashville! […]

These last two weeks have been quite a bit more eventful than the previous ones (see diary of June 14). Crystal’s wonderful new Subaru Forester arrived, brought up from Florida for us by Crystal’s parents, and we promptly took a vacation trip in it to the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, staying three nights at […]

The past fortnight has felt fairly routine, but we have made great progress in the garden I wrote about last time, and on our other garden on the side of the house. In the latter, Crystal has set up many magical lanterns and a small fountain, since we so enjoy the sound of the water […]

Hilltop Diary, June 1, 2020 The last two weeks at Hilltop have seen some changes, first of all in backyard landscaping. Crystal asked me to build her a “Mary Garden” and gave me a sketch of the plan she wanted. It consists of four 4’ X 4’ raised flower beds in quadrants surrounding the fountain […]