“We Have Much to Hope from the Flowers”: A Study in Resilience

Not directly related to Holmes, but I wanted to share this article because (a) Sherlock would have appreciated it, and (b) it cheered me up a bit amid the continuing pandemic.


Stay home, and stay safe, everyone!


Hello friends,

In case you are wondering and after due consideration, I have decided to suspend future meetings of NMSOBC. I feel that until we know more about this situation with COVID 19 and in the interest of our members well being that it is better to be safe than sorry. Our April hosts are self isolating and a non starter public meeting for Reichenbach helped in making this decision. Hopefully, we will know more by June and can reconsider. I welcome any comments or questions.

Thank you and stay healthy.

Yours in Holmes,


Potato Soup to Hunker Down With

Christine Ellis served this scrumptious soup at our March meeting. Now we’re sharing the recipe with all of you. Enjoy!

Mrs. Hudson’s Spring New Potato and Garlic Soup

as shared with Betty Rosbottom for her Sunday Soup cookbook
prepared by Mrs. Hudson’s committee for the March 2020 meeting of the NMSOBC


12 oz new red potatoes

2 tsp salt

2 cups half and half (Christine used whole milk)

1 5 oz package Boursin cheese with garlic and herbs (crumbled into small pieces)

ground white pepper to taste

crumbled bacon for garnish

  1. Wash and slice the potatoes about ⅛” thick and boil in water with the salt for 5 or 6 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine milk and crumbled cheese in a quart-size pot. Cook over medium heat until the cheese melts. Don’t let it come to a boil.
  3. Add the potatoes and cook another minute or two. (Christine smashed the potatoes for a smoother soup.)
  4. Serve in soup bowls with bacon bits.

Serve with assorted fresh vegetables and warm bread.

Join us for Watson’s Picnic! Saturday, Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. Newberg, OR

It’s that time of year again, when we bring our appreciation of the Master into the outdoors! If you’re interested in getting to know about our group, this is a great informal opportunity.

Bring a potluck side dish or dessert item to share, plus your own meat, fish, or vegan entrée to barbecue on the grill. We will hold the annual NMSOBC Mystery Auction to benefit the Perry Center, followed by a (short) Business Meeting.

Email us at bluecarbuncle1971@gmail.com for location.