Full moon tomorrow – Beaver Moon - so called because, in years past, November is the time to set traps to ensure plenty of cozy beaver pelts for the coming winter.
I’ve enjoyed being a tourist in my own back yard whilst staying at Mum’s summer house. Even though I’ve been visiting Tiverton throughout my entire life, I’ve not explored some of the area for so long I have no recollection of ever being there. Case in point, Sandy Cove.
We stopped on the way to the ferry to fill time since we were ten minutes late for the 1:30 ferry and fifty minutes early for the 2:30 ferry. Oh, the joys of living on an island. We spent about 20 minutes walking the beach. Hubby took photos, and I searched for and found sea glass.
After driving down to the cove, wandering around, and retracing our steps to the highway, I had to drive somewhat - ah - briskly to make the ferry, hehe. Oh, the joys of island living.
Have you played tourist in your hometown?
A number of days ago I celebrated my birthday and our good friends gifted me with a bottle of wine. It happens to be my favourite varietal – gewruztraminer. (Gee, I wonder how they knew that?!?) Here is a description of that type of wine:
Delicious on the palate, but hard to spell, this wine is known for its aroma. Gewürztraminer is an aromatic white wine grape whose skin is pink to light red-coloured. Its origins are Germanic, but it is most known for the astonishing wines it produces in the Alsace region of France. The grape has many similarities to Muscat, but Gewürztraminer wines have higher alcohol and lower acidity.
Gewürztraminer is most known for its intensely fragrant, typically floral, aroma. It often has a very noticeable lychee aroma with hints of rose, spice and honey. It usually has medium to low acidity. Due to its natural sweetness, Gewürztraminer is often used in dessert wines.
And here’s the bottle of wine, as yet unopened, but that will change very soon.
Yes, it’s homemade, and it’s delicious. Gone are the days when homemade wine was likened to vinegar. Sure, that might occasionally happen but in all my years I’ve yet to encounter less-that-tasty homemade wine.
Since moving back to Nova Scotia we are once again brewing our own beer (yum!) and, with the help of our friends, making our own wine. We start with a kit (grape juice, grape skins, and yeast), add water and let it sit. Change containers and let it sit some more. Just before bottling we add a little of this and a smidge of that to adjust the wine to our taste. For instance, we like a touch of oakiness in our chardonnay so we add drops of liquid oak. Brilliant!
In other news, tomorrow’s full moon is called the Hunter’s Moon.
Also known as a sanguine or “blood” moon, the term “Hunters Moon” is used traditionally to refer to a full moon that appears during the month of October. It is preceded by the appearance of a “Harvest Moon”, which is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (which falls on the 22nd or 23rd of September).
We’ll be back from camping, having benefitted from the light of the almost-full moon, or cursing the brightness of the almost-full moon through the tent walls.
Have you tasted homemade wine? What did you think? Or are you one of the growing number of home brewers/vintners?