The Gull Reef Club


Q4 Report

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:55 pm

Here are some items of note from The Gull Reef Club for the last quarter of 2017.

*This weekend, we partook in an orange harvest, our Second Orange Christmas. We estimate we came away with a little over 100 lbs of oranges. The marmalade making begins soon.

*You regular readers know I adore old Christmas music. Really, I love all old audio. Awhile back, Mike introduced me to the UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive. Some of the recordings there are over a century old. The sounds are often haunting, yet warm and familiar. I recently came across a Cylinder Christmas music collection. Listening to songs that were sung over a 100 years ago and knowing them well enough to sing along is the definition of tradition. These are a treasure. Give them a listen and time travel to Christmas past.

*In case that last item made you just a wee bit too warm and fuzzy, I have something that should send you in the other direction. When making wreaths with my sister a few weeks ago, we heard Nat King Cole’s very depressing version of The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot. Complete with the very seasonal lyrics, “I feel sorry for that laddy / because he hasn’t got a daddy / the little boy that Santa Claus forgot” What a bummer.

A slightly cool aside to all this, is that in researching this song before I wrote about it here, I learned it was originally performed by Vera Lynn. If Wikipedia is to be believed, this song is used in the opening scene of the movie, Pink Floyd The Wall.

*Thanksgiving. Going back in time just a bit, I am clearly late on the annual Thanksgiving post. This year was perfect. I can’t think of anything we could have done to make it better.

The menu this year was:
Starters – Pumpkin soup with apple, ginger, lime puree, served cold and corn chowder with pea puree, bacon, and parmesan tuiles served hot.
Main- Turkey and gravy
Sides – Stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, collard greens, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and rolls
Desserts – Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cranberry donuts, cranberry pudding (think southern-style banana pudding and use cranberries instead), and homemade vanilla ice cream.
Beverage – Spiced cider, and hot coffee.

*Hallothings. This is actually a post I originally started back in October and never got around to posting. Better late than never, I guess.
Things I read:
Black Paradox
Voices in the Dark/Yami no Koe, both by Junji Ito
Manga of the Dead, Various
Things I listened to:
Inner Sanctum
Thing I watched:
War Neuroses Netley Hospital, 1918, not sure why the title says 1917. The film was released in 1918.

I’ll try to make my end of the year post timely, but no promises. Past performance is usually a good indicator of future returns.

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