• INFECTIOUS FREEWAY CULTURE

    Here’s aninteresting article on us Angelinos {thanks toJBB’s Musings } in which it says, “Los Angeles is not a physical city. People visiting here are struck by the lack of direct contact required by daily life — unlike in New York or Paris or Tokyo or Rome, you can go

  • EARTH DAY EVERY DAY

    The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had

  • THE SPACE BETWEEN

    The last of the broccoli was harvested and the snow pea production is starting to wind down. For awhile, there will be a small lull before the summer crops are ready to begin harvesting. We are eating the last of the cabbage and radishes and are still working on finishing

  • CULTIVATE THE GARDEN WITHIN

    The garden must first be prepared in the soul first or else it will not flourish.~ Proverb from England ~ The storm arrived as expected, but produced more precipitation than predicted.    It  lasted for about 24 hours. We tried to do some outside work yesterday, dodging in between the

  • APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

    Heirloom corn and cornfield beans The garden is a metaphor for life, and gardening is a symbol of the spiritual path.    ~ Larry Dossey ~ A rarecold Spring storm may bring some much needed rain and snow to our area!!! The cool weather and showers will be a welcomed respite

  • COMING TOGETHER

    We are fortunate to live with a nursery just around the corner from us, especially since they put out plants which they cannot sell on the side of the street so people in the neighborhood can pick them up – instead of dumpster diving! Some days we are lucky and

  • THE GREEN MONSTER

    No, not talking about the notorious green wall at Fenway Park… Finally got around to opening one of thechilacayote squashes. The flesh as you can see is white with a hint of melon aroma. The taste?  Well, not much to speak of — bland really. There aren’t many recipes on

  • ROSES ARE RED

    Homemade rose petal jam Made a small batch of rose petal jam yesterday < see March 28 posting for recipe >. It turned out absolutely delicious!  The flavor and aroma are intensely delightful. We are hoping to get some ducks soon to add to our little menagerie of animals. All

  • APRIL, COME SHE WILL

     Wild male duck enjoying the mountain stream ... when streams are ripe and filled with rain. – Paul Simon We had another 8 yard load of “Royal Soil” delivered on Monday. This will make 36 yards since sometime back in the Fall. We needed this load to fill the Styrofoam

  • MARCH, CAME IN LIKE A LION & LEFT LIKE A LAMB

    Sunday in the Southland was very warm with temps in the 90’s.   We spent pretty much the whole day working in the yard –planting, ripping out concrete, fertilizing, watering. I had the pleasant chore of mixing upcoffee “fertilizer” for the plants. I finally got a bit fed up with