Jon Crispin's Notebook

Lemon, Cuke, Pepper

Posted in Food, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 13/09/2013

There has been a lot going on lately and I have been saddled with a bit of “karma congestion”, as my friend Alex would put it.  I haven’t posted for a bit, and haven’t been inspired to do so.  I know I am feeling a bit better when I start wanting to photograph goofy arrangements of yesterdays vegetables.  I can’t remember what I did with the other half of the lemon, but the rest of this cuke was in a peanut butter sandwich and most of the red pepper was in an amazing corn chowder.  I’ll eat the remainder of the cuke in a few hours, and the lemon and pepper will go in the freezer bag for stock.

I am about to make a modification to this site, but it shouldn’t have any bearing on regular followers.  I will be changing the url from to  As far as I can understand it, the old url should still work, but if any of you have problems, shoot me an email.  Also, for the followers of my Willard Suitcase project, the site should be up and running by the end of next week at the latest.  Steve Fox from Born Digital Web Design in the UK has done an amazing job putting it all together, and I am so excited to finally have it done.  I will post here when it is online.

Wishing you all a great weekend.  Thanks for following.

Lemons and Tortoises

Posted in Animals, Flowers, Food, Nature, Travel, Weather by joncrispin on 21/04/2013

I was all set to do a final post about last weekend’s trip to to DC when the news of events at the Marathon started trickling in.  I just felt so bad for most of the week that anything I could say here seemed trivial.  Last night I flew out to Southern California to meet up with Cris who has been staying with her sister in Orange County.  Since things in Boston appear to be mostly resolved, and it is so nice to be here with family, my mood has lightened considerably.  And who wouldn’t be cheered by the sight of these lemons growing in Lynne and John’s front garden.  I will never cease to be amazed by this tree.

And Lynne’s desert tortoises have recently come out of hibernation.  She suggested I grab a hibiscus flower and as I walked toward George here, he came to me and got right to it.

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