11/12/17 3:00pm
CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

CAROL GALLIGAN PHOTOS | Here’s the window box, as close up as I could manage.

And so the season draws to a close with enormous amounts of rain, really surprising downpours. This is exceptionally good for our evergreens, sending them into dormancy with their needles full of water, just as we would have wished. It continues to be unseasonably warm and many perennials look like they’re going to re-bloom any minute, but, of course, they’re not. (more…)

11/03/17 2:00pm
DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Smoked Gouda and leek tart.

DAVID LAPHAM PHOTO | Smoked Gouda and leek tart.

October and November are great months to live on Shelter Island, but you need to work just a little harder to find the good local stuff. With fewer people and the return of a more tranquil rhythm, most of my stalwart farmstands have all but closed up.

Nonetheless, I know there’s local produce out there.  (more…)

10/29/17 11:00am
TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | Manhanset sweetgum tree.

TIM PURTELL PHOTOS | Manhanset sweetgum tree.

Latin Name: Liquidambar styraciflua

Locations: Three sweetgums stand tall at the edge of the Library parking lot. Four other trees, planted by Friends of Trees, can be found along Manhanset Road by Bonnie Lane. A sturdy specimen grows on the grounds of Union Chapel.   (more…)

10/21/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you're doing it safely.

COURTESY PHOTO | Raking season is here. Make sure you’re doing it safely.

We are finally getting some fall weather on this island. And with the season comes the usual leaf raking and yard cleanup that everyone does. I remember when I was young, the fall air was always filled with the odor of burning leaves — a comforting scent. Neighbors would burn them in small piles outside their homes. It’s pretty much illegal to burn leaves now. (more…)

09/15/17 10:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Just like the baseball playoffs, the East End’s giant peaches are an end-of-summer treat (and bigger than a baseball).

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Just like the baseball playoffs, the East End’s giant peaches are an end-of-summer treat (and bigger than a baseball).

It gives me great satisfaction to roast something large. The pride of the Thanksgiving turkey, the suckling pig, the rack of lamb placed on the table in triumph, the dish that practically yells, “There is plenty, have some more.”  (more…)