I live on the border between Montgomery, Princeton and Franklin Townships. Today, Bhavna and I picked up apple and pumpkin pies from Griggtown Farm in Franklin Township. #mbnov 📷

Only six allowed inside. | Sunday 22 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8

I hate winter. #mbnov 📷

Salisbury Road, Montgomery Township | Wednesday 26 January, 2011 | Nikon D40 | 35 mm f/1.8

The light can fade the dye on old photographs. I am scanning family photographs before the history is lost. #mbnov 📷

My paternal grandparents

Next year, it’s possible I may celebrate my birthday on the beach in Bequia with a rum drink from Bar One and a Lobster pizza from Mac’s. #mbnov 📷

Port Elizabeth, Bequia, August 1998

Believing that everything you do in life has no dependence on others, is a load of crap. #mbnov 📷

Wednesday 18 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/2.8 | ISO 12800

Apple Music has a music genre under the title “Americana”. I’m not familiar with what that means but most of it sounds like country music. Confused!

I’m concerned about our energy usage during the coming winter months. Normally the kids would be away at college/university and Bhavna and I would be at work for several hours in the day. I had an Away schedule setup. Now the ecobee SmartThermostat comfort settings are one Home for 16 hours.

More days like this ahead. This marks the end of my weekly outdoor dining experiences. darksky.net 🥶

Listening to Springsteen on my HomePod mini. #mbnov 📷

Big black train comin’ down the track
Blow your whistle long and long
One minute you’re here
Next minute you’re gone

HomePod mini
HomePod mini | Tuesday 17 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/8.0 | ISO 4000

We’re in the midst of a second COVID death wave and the memory of what happened back in April is causing some stress. #mbnov 📷

October 2020 | Minolta X-700 | Minolta MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 | Kodak Pro Image 100 35mm Colour Negative Film

I’m attending a 3-day virtual conference because I need training credits to keep my cyber-security certifications current. And of course, the global pandemic is the topic of almost every security presentation. It’s impossible to escape from this.

I’m learning some new coping skills. Some will be destructive.


It’s only Monday.

I often forget to stop Runkeeper after my walks.

Bhavna and I wanted some exercise. The Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve is not far from home. #mbnov 📷

Sunday 15 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR | f/13 | ISO 12800

Woot! 7! He’s done it. 🏎

Briton Lewis Hamilton clinched a record-tying seventh Formula One title Sunday — matching Michael Schumacher’s victories — by winning the Turkish Grand Prix and declaring, “I’m only getting started!” ~ New York Post

I was hoping to create that spooky “watching out the window” look. Fail. #mbnov 📷

Thursday 12 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

I guess the “good” weather has passed. 📷 #mbnov

Wednesday 11 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42

When I bought my vintage Minolta X-700 camera and MD Rokkor-X 45mm f/2 and MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 lenses, I was careful to look for signs of excessive wear and tear.

film camera and lens
Thursday 12 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

📷 #mbnov

First Brew - Kenya Kiambu Handege

Hasami Porcelain Mug | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42
  • Coffee Name: Kenya Kiambu Handege
  • Region: Kiambu
  • Country: Kenya
  • Producer: Kiambu Handege
  • Processing: Fully Washed
  • Cultivar: SL 28, SL 34
  • Elevation: 1600-1800 meters
  • Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Brew Method: Chemex With Chemex Paper Filter
  • Roast Date: Oct 23, 2020
  • Brew Date: Nov 1, 2020

About This Coffee

Coffee descriptions can seem vague. But one taste of this, and you’ll get what we mean by florality. Such delicate aromas are uncommon in Kenyan single origins. Usually, we’re gushing over juicy acidity or tropical fruitiness. But for a few years now, when we’ve had the luck to carry Handege Factory’s coffees, its perfume grabs our attention first. “We tasted dozens of coffees blind while in Nairobi this year,” our green coffee buyer recounts. “But Handege’s was the only one I could identify every time it was on the cupping table.”

The coffee mug was a Hasami Natural Mug, gritty-textured porcelain mug created by Hasami Porcelain. Hasami Porcelain was founded by Los Angeles–based designer Takuhiro Shinomoto.

The studio is named in honour of the town of Hasami in the Nagasaki Prefecture of Japan, where traditional ceramics had been crafted since the Edo period four hundred years ago.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

Alphie keeps an eye on the bird feeder. 📷

Alphie | Wednesday 11 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 53.3 mm | f/8.0 | ISO 12800

Despite the change to colder weather and the option of indoor dining, most diners at the Brick Farm Tavern farm to table restaurant say they prefer to dine outside.

Outdoor Dining | Tuesday 10 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR

📷 #mbnov

Maine and New Hampshire have been added to the New Jersey travel advisory list, bringing the total number of states and territories on the list to 45 states and territories.

Experiments in B&W with an “elderly” 35mm film lens.

Backlit | Tuesday 10 November 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 MC Telephoto M42

📷 #mbnov

Patience. Patience.

Informative flash back to the 2010 F1 🏎 Turkish Grand Prix with the falling out between Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

“When I saw on the TV the hugs Sebastian got on the pit wall from the team, I began having serious doubts as to who was really pulling the strings at Red Bull Racing,” Webber wrote.

Each day requires effort to get started. I force myself out of bed.

ginko bilobaleaf
ginko biloba | Sunday 8 November, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | XF27mmF2.8 | f/4.0 | ISO 200

📷 #mbnov