We slept through last night’s rainstorm. The children woke up with the morning light, and as I rubbed the last sleep from my eyes I was glad to have scheduled breakfast delivery. I put on a Beatrix Potter “The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends” DVD while we waited for our bagels, hot coffee, and… Continue reading Notes from a peaceful Saturday
The garden beds were overgrown with Marigolds. We saw the orange blooms from the breakfast table as we ate our pancakes this morning. Soon after, Piper and I dressed and went outside. I wore my gardening boots for courage, should I encounter the black racer I have seen once before slithering along the side of… Continue reading Early morning in the garden
Lying in bed with a cold, trying to rest and get better. Shallie is growling because she wants to play tug-of-war with her rope. We’ve been playing for what feels like the past half hour. She keeps better pace with Piper, who just this morning chased her around the backyard and had her performing all… Continue reading the dog days of summer
Thunder woke us early this morning, and it looks as though we can expect rain all day. I love this weather, dark and wet as it is. I think our garden does, too. The last few days have been the opposite-bright and hot Florida days that we filled with as much time outside as we… Continue reading Spring days, rainy and sunny.
We are beginning to see the fruits of our work in this season’s garden. We went about planting more seriously this year. Will built two raised bed gardens and dug a patch in the ground for larger plants to have room to grow as well. We started seeds indoors at least a month ago, hardened… Continue reading gardens and fermented soybeans
We have an avocado tree growing in our backyard that we started ourselves from one of our leftover pits that we chucked into the compost heap a few years ago. I’m so proud of this tree–a living relic of our gardening days past. After a good rain, the tree looks lush and sprightly. Little baby… Continue reading The little things
We came home with many treasures from the market today: Sweet Gallberry honey from bees pollinating around the Green Swamp, a warm loaf of sourdough bread with a crust so crisp you can hear it crackle when you press it by your ear, fingerling potatoes (what child can resist?), a bag of dried red tea… Continue reading A Spring Lunch
We have the windows open today to let the nippy January air freshen this stale house. The sky is Florida blue and the sun pours into our rooms, splashing its light across the wooden floors, warming them. This is the weather that brings vitality to our humble backyard garden. I imagine the space a few… Continue reading In and around the house.
Our garden is beginning to fill out again. At the end of November, I started a few lettuces in small pots on the shady shelves outside. Many of them sprouted, especially the Black Seeded Simpson. Will transplanted the little seedlings, and they seem to have taken to their new homes already. Our cilantro plants are… Continue reading Garden update
Sounds of rainfall greeted us as we stumbled out of bed this morning. The house appeared shadowy and dark all around, save for when a bolt of lightning streaked the sky in its transient fire. I set last night’s leftovers on the stove, a soothing cauliflower and green bean curry with coconut milk and white rice… Continue reading Lately