After many years in England and little sign of snow I have slowly learned to ride. No ski jumps in sight from the downs on the Isle of Wight. Yes, the downs are actually ups or the chalk hills overlooking the sea in Southeast England. The Isle of Wight, once visited by none other than Stu Day ’77, is also home to a botanic garden we are rescuing – Ventnor Botanic Garden – where all Deerfield alums are of course afforded red carpet treatment. (www.botanic.co.uk). My father, Deerfield ’47, passed away in December, so I am now carrying the flame for Deerfield in our family. I am told by reliable sources that my brother (Groton…) crashed a Deerfield function at Sugarbush and raised a glass with Ben Mallory ’76.