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Spiders this year are abundant, weaving their designs in front of the door, across the path, over the windows while we sleep, using what they have at hand to keep life afloat. Our yard is carpeted with tight, pitchy fir … Continue reading
Did you know that grape leaves keep pickles crisp in the place of using alum? We use one good-sized leaf per jar and it works like a charm.
For medicinal purposes the whole plant is used. Flowers and leaves are gathered in the beginning of the blossom time. A decoction of the flowers are used as tea against dizziness, sleeplessness, headaches, and neurasthenia paralysis, physical stress, to strengthen … Continue reading
Deer seem to like our clearing when it’s raining. I guess they feel safe here.
Years ago my friend Bonnie pulled up a sucker from a tree in her yard and gave it to me because I was admiring its beautiful colours. We planted it by our pond. Bonnie is gone now but her tree … Continue reading
Grinning at us as we notice, oops missed one. All the rest are tucked into dry spots for the winter but this one thinks it’s special. It is special, an amazing colour that has bloomed faithfully since Mother’s Day when … Continue reading
Early Spring: Gnarled, dried out roots, planted deeply in rich soil, watered, watched for that first tip to emerge. Mid Spring: Purple tinged, green spears magically push up and up. Summer: Cut, steam and feast, splashed with lemon, dipped in … Continue reading
Two little goldfish swimming in the sun, along came two raccoons and then there were none.
Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree or mimosa) Deciduous tropical tree with luxuriant feathery foliage. Likes warm climate. Filtered sun. Well drained, moist soil. Avoid drying out or keeping soggy. Deer proof (once it gets large. They do nibble … Continue reading
Fall’s beauty is a beauty of resolution, of conclusion. ©Sharron R. McMillan (excerpt from Spring or Fall essay)
Dig Those Dahlias Dahlias must be dug before the first frost, so October is a good time to begin. After cutting the stalk to within a foot or so of the ground, use a pitchfork to carefully lift each clump. … Continue reading
It was picking day after we’d watched the black bear up in one of our old apple trees chowing down as many apples as he could before we chased him away. We knew he’d be back for the rest of … Continue reading
The quantity of pleasure afforded by an object is not contained in the object, but in ourselves. ~ Louis de Robert
In every out-thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth. ~Rachel Carson