• Garden
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    “The first gatherings of the garden in May of salads, radishes and herbs made me feel like a mother about her baby – how could anything so beautiful be mine. And this emotion of wonder filled me for each vegetable as it was gathered every year. There is nothing that is comparable to it, as […]

  • Seasons
  • Sunday, May 21, 2017

    “Respecting the dignity of a spectacular food means enjoying it at its best. Europeans celebrate the short season of abundant asparagus as a form of holiday. In the Netherlands the first cutting coincides with Father’s Day, on which restaurants may feature all-asparagus menus and hand out neckties decorated with asparagus spears.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver It’s […]

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  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

    “Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” ~ Marcel Proust These kind of days are my favourites–sunshine, warm temperature, and a good measure of silence and solitude. I’ve resolved to take more down time this year so there’s a good chance I’ll spend some time on the deck with a book […]

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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols I set a glass of water on the shelf next to the treadmill and slip my feet into a pair of waiting shoes. They’re fun shoes, with red and white stripes, a contrast to the heavy Nikes I can no longer […]

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  • Monday. May 15, 2017

    “A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.” ~May Sarton The cool weather crops, like spinach, are loving this less-than-stellar spring weather. My peas are growing like gangbusters where last year, in the early spring heat, they struggled. Every year is different in the garden and teaches […]

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  • Sunday, May 14, 2017

    “Popeye was right about spinach: dark green, leafy vegetables are the healthiest food on the planet. As whole foods go, they offer the most nutrition per calorie.” ~ Michael Greger One of the best gifts of spring is spinach and  are feasting on spinach salad from the garden almost daily right now. It tastes so […]

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  • Thursday, May 11, 2017

    “Nothing is more wistful than the scent of lilac, nor more robust than its woody stalk, for we must remember that it is a tree as well as a flower, we must try not to forget this.” ~ Stevie Smith The sun is shining and it’s calm–a beautiful spring morning. It’s hard to believe we’re under a weather […]

  • Seasons
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    “This gardener’s rule applies to youth and age, When young sow wild oats, but when old grow sage.” ~ Henry James Byron The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a hotter than normal summer for this area. Of course it also says we should be enjoying near-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation right now which isn’t happening so, while […]