• 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

  • 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

  • DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

    We spent a lovely day yesterday hiking in the mountains. The sky was brilliant blue and the air warm, the hills were covered with new green growth and masses of colorful wildflowers. When we got to the 40ft or so waterfall, some of us – who were brave enough –

  • EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSES

     If thou canst but thither, There grows the flower of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. ~ Henry Vaughn ~ After a long absence of new photos, I finally had the time to upload some to ourPHOTO GALLERY. There are quite a lot ofNEW PICTURES,

  • EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES

     If thou canst but thither, There grows the flower of Peace, The Rose that cannot wither, Thy fortress and thy ease. ~ Henry Vaughn ~ After a long absence of new photos, I finally had the time to upload some to ourPHOTO GALLERY. There are quite a lot ofNEW PICTURES,

  • UNSCHOOLING

    Cassidy among the flowers “To teach a child to milk a cow, or make butter or cheese: to ride a horse or to swim, to shoot or to fish, to knit or to sew. To give them a little of a childhood amongst butterfly meadows and shady trees. To roam