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Week in Pictures

How I love a great set of Before and After shots! On the left you have my husband when he was not yet my husband, here visiting me from Australia in the summer of 2013. The two purplish plants to his right are a purple smokebush and an elderberry. The greenery in front were some black calla lilies and they…

Week in Pictures

Our latest hive check went well. We’d put on the second brood box a couple of weeks ago and those gals are busy busy! I’m always amazed at how they build the comb with such perfect little hexagons. On the left, Dan is pointing out that he sees the queen, who has clearly finished her work in the bottom box…

Week in Pictures

  Spring keeps springing…the more unusual tulip variations like this one on the left just began to bloom as the early ones are already dying out, and these purple ones (whose name I always forget…amethyst something…?) are making me happy. I can smell lilacs, the star magnolia has already burnt in the premature 80+ degree days we’ve had this week,…

Week in Pictures

Spring brings a bit of cheer and melancholy, all mixed together.  Cheer obviously for the gorgeousness of the tulips coming up and for the lilacs budding on a tree that just 12 years ago was a six foot stump sticking out of the ground (several years after buying my home it suddenly came back to life…talk about a gift…). I…

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Heh. So I am almost to the halfway point of attempting to go dairy-, gluten- and refined-sugar-free suddenly I found myself, after Week 2’s shitty meals (I tried 3 new GF/DF recipes and they sucked BIG time. Let’s just say beans and quinoa are not allowed in our house for a while, mm-kay?), floating into Petite Provence for one of…

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Oh happy day! The crazy late-winter snow did not stop our manzanita (which we’ve potted up as this baby is definitely coming with us!) from its blossoming. LOVE. And speaking of pretty things, husband surprised me with these 🙂 STOKED! We got four boxes of 24″ square carpet tiles for the basement – no glue required, they just lock together…

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After taking a whole two weeks off from making bread, I couldn’t help myself and tried out another recipe from my How to Make Bread cookbook, this one being an olive & herb bread. Now I’m actually not one of those folks who like the loaves with huge pieces of food mixed up in them (and I do not like…

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Always to be celebrated – the first signs of life as our daffodils begin to emerge from the ground. It’s a bittersweet moment as after 12 years it will be my last time seeing these lovelies, but I know wherever we are headed will bring new beauty. And dude – it was in the upper 50’s this week – what’s…

Week in Pictures

Two of our four girls thinking I can’t see them as they nap behind the lavender and pineapple sage. I suppose it’s a good thing they don’t like to be snuggled as I’d be taking them with me everywhere if they were the cuddly kind. This year’s canning, much more disciplined than in years past but enough that it required…

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  the heat wave is over!!! the inside of my car is normal, the bees have stopped bearding outside the hive to cool off, and summer is back to its regularly scheduled programming…yayyy! August is in full swing and the gladiolas are finishing up, the cardoons – which after a 3′ year last year are now well over 7′ tall…