Whadda evening! We had a great bunch of folks over last night for food and fellowship.

The highlight of the evening was after the movie (Miracle – the true story of Herb Brooks who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the invincible Soviet squad) whenTony pulled out his beautiful guitar and got us singing way past midnight! He had us singing ballads from Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.

We could have sung all night in the peaceful garden setting with the slight scent of jasmine and earthy smell of straw perfuming the summer’s night air.   For that moment in time,  we could forget we were in the city — the night was surprisingly quiet, and all anyone could hear was the trill of the guitar and enthusiastic voices singing their hearts out (ah, yes, and once and awhile the occasional pop of a firecracker). Will have to continue the sing-a-long sometime soon.

Thanks to all who came and generously brought food, toJamie and family for allowing us to borrow their projector and Zack who brought the speakers.


The summer garden’s bounty is pouring in – loads of cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, beans, strawberries and even snow peas — and our meals reflect the surplus – so delicious! However, we are getting a hankering for sweet corn, so will have to pick some locally grown. 😉

June and July is when the garden is at its best, lush and full. Can’t help snapping photos of the edible jungle.


Gardening the Founding Fathers’ way

For George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, “the pursuit of Happiness” began with working their land. “

Washington believed the soil was sacred. He surveyed the measurements for his buildings and grounds. He wrote about his failures as much as his successes. He made a decent amount of money as a farmer when a lot of other farmers of his class and age were losing money. But just as important, he thought of it as an occupation that “may be more conducive than almost any other to the happiness of mankind.” read more >>

{ ViaThe Great Growing Experiment } — who had this comment:

If Jefferson was correct—and liberty is really dependent on “cultivators of the earth”—then we can notice the effects on our culture as we move farther and farther from the soil. If Washington correctly observes that agriculture “may be more conducive than almost any other [occupation] to the happiness of mankind”, then can we say that the disappearance of family farms is causing mankind to be less happy?

If everyone (politician, lawyer, doctor), sat under their own “vine and fig tree” there would be a radical change of pursuits and an end to our mass consumer culture.  

Let declare our dependency on the land and pursuit of happiness.

more photos of the garden….. enjoy!

Weather Report: Warming up a bit

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