Winter wonderland.

Oh, PEOPLE! It’s a beautiful land out here. It’s that rare magic of rain turned ❄️ that we of Pacific Northwest ilk don’t often experience. I know our little shovelfuls of snow ain’t nuttin to the polar freeze capturing the Midwest. I know. But our little stretch of pearly white nature blankets has brought us the magic…

Tomatoes At Last!

Representing nine months of planning, starting, planting, pruning, hoop house building, and worrying, may I introduce you to Our Very First Bowl of Variety Tomatoes for 2018. Hundreds more to follow. The upcoming harvest looks like it will be positively ginormous. Check in tomorrow for an easy first tomato soup recipe and photos using these…

Letting the outside in. Or taking the inside out.

I caught this photo while sitting in the loft of Brian’s art studio. My daughter doesn’t like it because she feels like I look like a ghost. I suppose there is a spirit-y quality to it, maybe a bit haunting, but I like it because I’m a part of the apple orchard and the hillside…

Dehydrating plums.

And so it begins: Fruit harvest, starting with our giant bowl of Italian plums. I had helpers today in my sunny perch above the garden—plus a visit with a neighbor, Spanish guitar music soaking the kitchen in its light, happy melody, and the certain feeling that all is well in the world.

Freezing Spinach

This is a story about spinach. It’s also about respect. We’ve grown buckets of spinach so far this season. We enjoyed a few months of delectable baby spinach salads and garlicky spinach spring onion stir-fries before an especially hot weekend caused all the plants to bolt–that’s when the plant prepares to turn to seed; the…

Photo Diary: Buckets and Buckets and Buckets of Life.

Everything around us is bursting with burgeoning, blossoming, gorgeous, incredible, inspiring, life-giving, life-supporting, life-affirming, nature-built pieces of art. From the blackberry blossoms to the clusters of Italian plums to the Braeburn and heirloom and Fuji and Transparent apples and Bosc pears to the greens and peppers and tomato blossoms, to the first fire-orange nasturtiums, and…

May 2018 garden planting

It’s a small start, but it gives a little view of our piece of earth and where I’m at with our planting. More to come. Give this one a look-see and leave a comment (even a one-word or one-liner) to let me know you stopped by! Thank you!!!  

Buckets of wild beauty.

I have been silent over here. I know. I’ve just been posting little piddly Facebook things here and there and I have been missing my time writing in my little writing studio and connecting with all of you. I am finally back at it, but that doesn’t mean we were silent over here. We’ve had…

Ladybug season.

It’s not ladybug season in our garden yet. But it is in our house. We have a small colony living inside a sunny south-facing wall. Little ladybugs march up the shiplap siding in our kitchen and visit with each other. It’s like a little party–a Sunday social with ladies in frilly dresses sipping tea and…