Winter Sun

2013-12-20 Winter Sun - 600

At our home the most private yard space is to the north of the house. There is a very noticeable difference in the amount of sun we get in that area throughout the seasons. During the summer we line up containers of tomato plants and grow vegetables. In the winter? Well, the sun barely shines on the yard at all – see below. It would be an excellent spot for an ice rink. The good

Hartford Area Ice Skating

Hartford Winterfest 2012

Hartford Winterfest features free public ice skating on a new and larger outdoor rink in Downtown Hartford’s Bushnell Park. This year the event runs from Friday, November 23rd, 2012 through Monday, January 21st, 2013. There are other skating facilities and opportunities in the area too. Here’s a (likely incomplete) list of ones we have found: Veteran’s Memorial Ice Skating Rink, West Hartford Trinity Community Sports Complex Ice Skating Rink, Hartford International Skating Center of Connecticut,

Spring Landscaping Boom

The crushing weight of this winter’s heavy snowfall is taking a heavy toll on area landscaping. After initially focusing on the potential damage to our own shrubs, I’ve begun to notice that others are experiencing similar problems. The subject even came up (unprovoked) at a recent dinner party we attended. Here at Casa Bergqui, the primary issue is snow and ice cascading off the roof and onto the shrubbery along the front of the house.

Rita's West Hartford – Yum!

Happy Day! We now have our very own Rita’s shop here in West Hartford. For those not familiar with their unique line of Ice, Custard, and Happiness, they have the most delicious soft-serve ice cream around. They also combine the custard and ice to form a variety of cool and creative treats. I’m completely addicted to their custard and have traveled the region to sample their fare. It had previously only been available at a