Monday, August 4, 2014


adjective… inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic.
August, the season of lilies.

Our ridge meadow farm is home to several varieties of lily. From the humble roadside field lily

to the the ephemeral blossoms in our pond.

Just now our brick walk flower bed is bursting forth and the aroma, especially under the stars, is amazing.

I do love all manner of flowers, every season, inside and out, but it is the lily that brings me closest to peace.

And for that reason I chose this piece of art glass as my welcome home gift to myself when we bought the farm. It never fails to center me, to bring hope, to ease.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

a little potting shed

Still a work in progress, but it's coming along.
June 2010

July 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

the bounties of July

July has a way of embarrassing one with its generosity. There's almost too much to take in.
This month we've been focusing our energies on bringing the driveway garden out of its jungle state (despite the ridiculous insects that plague every living thing here this year.)

Making use of much of the felled pine by renting an industrial strength chipper shredder to make wood mulch,

Jerome honing his chain saw skills, Phil standing by with encouragement

Jerome walking miles and miles with the walk behind mower to collect grass clippings we would normally mulch with the riding mower, and rearranging several beautiful perennials as we go, it is about 75% complete. What was once just a vision in my imagination is becoming a reality, with everyone's help. There was absolutely no way I could have tackled this on my own.
Photos of the finished bed to be shared in time.
Our fruits and vegetables are coming on strong and our broody hens are finally getting back to the outdoors after a long "vacation." Our menus include much that is as local as it can be and we're loving it.
As July moves closer to slipping off the calendar I try to take mental snapshots of her bounty since I'm too disorganized to take many actual photos.

The meadow and roadsides are exuberant and never fail to take my breath away. All we have to do is stand back and let Nature do her thing, always trying to do no harm. This is how she thanks us.
And so together, our family and Mother Nature, we are making this little bit of the Earth our home.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

thank you, June

precious jewels

fragile, trusting, miraculous newbies

photo courtesy of Anne's instagram posting

a rescued bed no longer obscured by hideous yews

stormy days that close spectacularly

joyous blessings to close this glorious month.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

an especially joyful June day

Happy 13th anniversary, Anne and Matthias.

Dearest hearts, all my best wishes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

an anniversary

A lovely coincidence: my 300th post,
the joys of a life shared.

Many thanks, Sweetheart-O-Mine.