A ritual in each of the meetings with the Members of the New York Pipe Club consists of sharing. The old share what they treasure and the young learn to expand on the passion that already has ignited in them. At least a dozen of tins with precious mixtures make the round amongst the smokers [...]
Contents of a Balkan Sobranie tin.
Have just come to realise that this pipe has been inviting me for months, while it intimidates me.
Suddenly I am happily caught in the life of collecting - pipes, ashtrays, cigars and other aspects of fine-smoking. Here is one of my Ganneval Bondier Donninger Pipes, better known as GBD. This one is stamped "Century", "London, England", "1625".
Every second Tuesday of the month we meet, smoke our pipes and share either our tobacco - often newly discovered beauties for the nose and palate - or share the aesthetics of a pipe we love or have just acquired, while some might bring pipes, tobacco and accessories to sell as well. One of the members [...]
Every so often - either looking for something in particular or just reviewing the material in general - I go through my nearly 70,000 digital pictures that I have taken with my Leica D-Lux 4 since May 2013. Deleting is not an option, so the work must be done every so often. However, each time [...]
Life is propelled by and extended through hunger, as much as it is supported by the activities that subside or consume hunger and by the joy experienced through them. Life becomes liveliness when we learn to please our palate and our mind and understand that our existence is not merely biology, but predominantly metaphysical. As [...]