• END OF SUMMER GARDEN REPORT

    It’s been not a very good year for gardeners here in So Cal. As personal reports from the chef at The Kitchen for Exploring Foods explains, not even the ‘commercial’ farmers are without trouble… That makes us feel a little better. Still, unfortunately, we had to water practically every day or things would have been […]

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  • RAIN DROPS ON ROSES

    What’s this? Rain in September? Yep, So. Cal received a wonderful and unexpected blessing yesterday and all last night… RAIN!!!!!!! It has been quite some time since we heard the rain drops falling off the roof. Everything is so bright and clean and wonderful this morning. Take a deep breathe… mmmmm! We probably received about […]

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  • OUR FAIR TALE

      Woke up yesterday to an eerie sunrise and the day ended in a smoky sunset. Today, the sky is dark and gloomy, having an orange glow/tint. The smell of smoke and ash hangs heavy in the air as a large wildfire burns in theSan Gabriel Mountains. While going home yesterday from the LA County […]

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  • AN APPLE A DAY

    Better keep the doctors away!!! Got four boxes of organic apples that our local health food store couldn’t sell. Paid only two bucks a box!!!!! Now, what to make?  “Apples are the fruit of the land.” You can bake it, fry it… There’s applesauce, apple juice, apple pie, fried apples, dried apples… should I go […]

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  • VICTORIAN ESSENCE

    Been collecting essential oils to make perfume, which smells so much better and lighter than the fake stuff made in labs. Here are some quick and easy recipes to make your own with someEO and Vodka. Also check out this wonderful page of recipes for light floral, Victorianhomemade toiletries {BTW, if you are a Jane […]

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  • NEW ARBOR

    The guys finished the redwood patio cover off the side of the garage on Friday. Looks great guys, thanks!We are going to grow grapes over it for shade. It’ll be a nice  cool place to eat or just hang out.Planning to hang an old chandelier from one of the beamsusing it for a planter — […]

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  • IN MEMORY

    September 11,  2002 MOMENT OF SILENCE… we remember “There can be no greater memorial to those who lost their lives than for us to change ours.”con’t Weather Report: Pleasant.

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  • CINDERELLA PUMPKIN

    BIBBIDI BOBBIDI BOO! Here’s a pic of one of the French heirloom pumpkin, otherwise known as the Cinderella pumpkin. I wonder how big it’ll get? Now, all I need is a fairy godmother.  😉 Weather Report: Warm, but thankfully not humid!

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  • EGGCITING!

    WELL, LOOKIE HERE! Taadaa!! This morning upon daily inspection of the nesting boxes, we found a little surprise! Looks as if Miss Clementine laid the egg.  They are a bit smaller than regular eggs {as bantams are much smaller than regular chickens} so we’ll have to use 2 for 1 in recipes. Weather Report: Pleasant.

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  • IS IT SPRING YET?

    As I have mentioned before, the weather this year has been very strange. So strange in fact that the other day one had to do a double take… some of the daffodils were starting to come up! In addition one of our hens, Peggoty has gone broody. Which, we read, is unusual for this time […]

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