Archive | March 2012

Harrisburg and Hershey breweries

Two breweries in one day. First the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg. Some good beers, an absolutely amazing burger and a fantastic gig venue upstairs. Next it was onto the wonderful Troegs Brewery in Hershey, home of the famous chocolate factory. Fantastic to see an  incredibly modern and well run brewery with more than one or two decent beers. In fact I think I would probably buy at least five Troegs beers, the best being the Nugget Nectar at 7.5% ABV. It’s surprising how a visit to a brewery can change your persective on a beer. Before I would probably say I wasn’t really a fan but now, I’m definitely won over.




I’m developing a new hobby

Bass Pro

So since getting a new rod and reel for Xmas I’ve been hooked. I’ve been fishing many times before and caught a few fish but now I’m in the land of hunter gathering it seems like a chance I shouldn’t miss. Sealing the deal today was a trip to Bass Pro in Harrisburg today. My word what a shop. I’ve always been fascinated by fishing shops but this one is out of this world. Stuffed bears and moose, a huge tank full of freshwater fish, waterfalls, a unicorn somersaulting rainbows – they had it all.


Me attempting to thread something small through something even smaller.


Forsythia by dogfrog
Forsythia, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

It grows like wildfire here and it’s beautiful against the blue sky.

Castle by Streetlight

Castle By Streetlight by dogfrog
Castle By Streetlight, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

I’m not sure why this is my most popular photo on Flickr. It certainly makes me think of home every time I look at it but I’ll admit I’ve never really liked the colours.

Last Spring

Daffodil Valley II by dogfrog
Daffodil Valley II, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

Last Spring I was in South Wales for the weekend. This was April 2 so I think we’re probably about 1/2 a month ahead here in Montdale.

Corner shop

Old Shoppe by dogfrog
Old Shoppe, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

A shop we passed last week. There’s something about the tone of this processing I like.

Got to love Pavlova


Lola’s first pavlova was a roaring success. The massive over-boozing of the fruit only added to it’s charm.

Here’s how you make a pavlova.

Project Vegetable complete

Six days later and Project Vegetable is complete. Earth has been dug, all those stones round the outside came out, plus the big pile behind the wheelbarrow. We ended up with about 400 pounds of rock in a 9×9 foot square. The fertilizer has been dug in and raked over. Seeds have been sown. The anti-Riley cage has been constructed. All that needs to happen now is for things to grow…

Shooting from the car

This is not a toy by dogfrog
This is not a toy, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

Over the years I’ve become fairly adept at shooting from moving vehicles – cameras that is. There’s not any particular trick to it apart from shooting as fast as you can and anticipating what’s approaching. Sometimes you can use the blur to your advantage and often it’s best to as otherwise it just looks like a badly taken photograph.

Windmill string silhouette

Windmill string by dogfrog
Windmill string, a photo by dogfrog on Flickr.

Another beautiful day out in Pennsylvania. Got to the Delaware River where we fished and lost. Then it was across into New York State where we saw the biggest turkey I or Tom had ever seen. Back into PA and the sun came down in time for American Idol which is awful this year.