Today is a grand and glorious day: the landscapers were here to clean up the jungle that is our backyard. The weeds have all been returned to a level, uniform short height, and all of the vines that threaten to swallow up our house one of these days are gone. It wasn't free, but when you hate doing work in the yard, it's wonderful.
Also wonderful is tonight's beer, which just so happens to be a cider. Specifically, the Perronelle's Blush from Aspall Cyder. It pours a cherry red color in the glass with no head, and gives off aromas of apples. When you take a sip, you can definitely pick up the blackberry juice that is added to the mix, along with a dry, mildly sweet taste of apples. On Aspall's website, it's billed as an alternative to sparkling wines or rosé. They're right.
This cider (or if you're in England, "cyder") operation started in 1728 by prominent members of the Chevallier family, wealthy noblemen from the English countryside. Their earliest descendants came from the Channel Islands, but after moving to Suffolk County, they noticed they couldn't find their favorite libation. What else would you do if you were a wealthy sort of guy and you want to get your drink on? You'd import some apple trees, and start started brewing your own cider, and then keep it going strong for the next almost 300 years. Perronelle is named for someone from the sixth generation to run the family business.
Thing to Think About Today:
I'm quite sure that as a child, you at some point tried to jump as far as you could. Maybe over something, maybe just to see what you could do. Chances are, you didn't set a world record that would stand for almost 23 years.
That's because you're not Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Unlike the story of Billy Mills coming from nowhere to steal gold, Beamon was the heavy favorite to win the long jump. And he certainly did not disappoint, hitting a stupefying 29 feet 2 1/2 inches. How far was that? It not only broke the existing record by over two feet, it was beyond what the optic measuring devices could handle. They had to trot out an official with a tape measure to confirm the outstanding effort.