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.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

a super dad

Happy Fathers Day to my children's favorite super hero.

Truth be told, you're my favorite too.
Thank you, Jerome.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

a trio of joyfulness

Jerome's subbing as organist in a sweet old county church just a few miles outside of town this past Sunday.

A marathon car and boat washing station manned by Phil and Mallory.

Our new grape arbor now planted.

Last night at dinner, impromptu pasta and salad with Anne and Matthias, we were discussing how many frogs and toads we'd found while working that day. Each perfect and each reminding us of our responsibility as stewards of this little bit of earth.
Joys indeed.