by Ruth Clagan of the Clock Shop Mystery series by Julianne Holmes
Berkshires in the summer. Lots of great theater, music at Tanglewood, art at MASS MoCA, festivals. Though there is a river running behind the Cog & Sprocket, I don't go swimming there. Instead, I go out to Caroline's house, and swim at the pond near her house. I spent summers there as a kid, and that watering hole is my happy place.
There are a couple of things I don't love, though. One of them is winding clock towers on hot summer days. I'll bet folks never really think about the fact that once a week someone has to wind clocks in towers all over the world, no matter what the season. You'd think winter would be the worst, but it really isn't. First of all, if the tower has a clock that is being tended to, that means the heat is on somewhere. Secondly, once you start winding (350 revolutions usually), you work up some heat.
But in the summer? Clock towers aren't generally air conditioned. It gets hot and stuffy, but the work needs to be done. Thankfully, Pat Reed has started experimenting with some tasty summer drinks--shrubs. Fresh fruit marinated in vinegar, then boiled with sugar into a syrup you mix with seltzer water. (Here's a recipe,) Both sweet and tangy. He's working on a strawberry rhubarb shrub. But my favorite so far is his blueberry shrub, with a twist of lemon. Delish, and refreshing!
Chime and Punishment this August. Until then, here's a picture of our friend, Julianne Holmes, winding a clock to learn what it is like.
In honor of summer reading we’re offering a copy of Clock and Dagger to one lucky commenter. Let me know what your favorite summer drink is. Please include your email in this format: your name (at) your server (dot) com--so the spambots can't pick it up. Giveaway closes at midnight Friday June 23rd.
And remember to keep coming back to the Killer Characters blog as there is a new book giveaway every day for the month of June. Talk about refreshing!