• CHICKS & SMALL STEPS

      All Things Bright and Beautiful,All Creatures Great and Small,All Things Wild and Wonderful,The Lord God Made Them All. ~ Cecil Francis Alexander This month has been a busy one! A few weeks ago we received the babybantam chicks through the mail and they neededconstant care and looking after. Now,two

  • EARTH DAY

    Obviously, Virginia, there is an Earth Day. But, saving the earth through this special day celebration–now in its 32nd year–is a myth. With over 5,000 environmental groups around the world taking part in over 184 countries, Earth Day will be impressive but, for the most part, irrelevant. Once over, it’s

  • URBAN HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

    We have been enjoying a week of warm and sunny weather aswe continue our spring and summer plantings. We are still significantly behind in normal rainfall. Normal is 19“, last yearwe had 16“, and this year we have had only 4“. The rainy season here is from Nov-May.  So the

  • NATURE SPEAKS

    Shh! Listen! In a language all its own, Nature speaks, whispering renewal. Soon, a superb, wondrous spectacle will unfold as Nature performs its spring play of awakening. But, in these heady technological times, primitive acts of a natural force largely go ignored in most circles unless, of course, they spell

  • AND THEY’RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this

  • AND THEY'RE UP!

    The heirloom tomatoes are up and so starts once again the insane madness of which there is no cure – as far as I know! A fellow gardener was kind enough to give us someMarianna Peace tomatoes (known as the “World’s Best Tasting Tomato”), which are all the “rage” this

  • WILLOW WATER

    Like to take cuttings and want to find a replacement for those unnatural rooting hormones? Make your own natural rooting hormone using willow branches. We tried out this technique last year and it worked quite well. We harvested the willows from the Arroyo Seco stream near our home. With one

  • LOVING & CARING FOR THE PLANET

    As we try to reduce our footprints on the planet, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment and our waste. As I mentioned in a previous entry, we bought a water-saving (22 gal) and energy saving washing machine. The next step was trying to reduce the

  • LOVING & CARING FOR THE PLANET

    As we try to reduce our footprints on the planet, we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the environment and our waste. As I mentioned in a previous entry, we bought a water-saving (22 gal) and energy saving washing machine. The next step was trying to reduce the

  • UNITY?

    USA…USA…USA…” Have we found unity? Can chants and flag waving change us? When the element of danger moves us to link our lives together, we do so under an external prod which can never last. Once a crisis passes, there is just no stopping us from getting back to normal