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Indian Summer in the Countryside
It was a gorgeous weekend at the house, and pure Indian summer. The light and the climate during the day was perfect, while it was crisp (to say the least) in the evening. We grilled some turkey burgers and pork slices in white wine with rosemary from the garden, and some mashed potatoes and spicy brown beans on the side. The following night we did some mouth-watering corn on the cob on the grill. Brian entertained with the guitar by the campfire. I also harvested the rosemary, thyme and sage from the garden and hung it up to dry for later use. A great success for my first herb garden. On Brian's recommendation I temporarily dropped the book I was reading and started one he had brought, Cochrane: Britannia's Sea Wolf by Donald Serrell Thomas. I could not put the book down. I do not usually read biographies but this one read as an adventure story. However, I was as equally amazed at the man's accomplishments as I was at how he was systematically wronged. Moreover, I was disappointed to find that as a fan of C.S. Forester and Patrick O'Brian, these authors seemingly took scenes from Cochrane's life rather than use their own creative faculties. I highly recommend this book about the real life Hornblower/Aubrey - a brilliant captain, inventor, and liberator of Brazil, Chile, Peru and Greece.