the ladies



The ladies — Tammy and Loretta (Ameraucanas), Emmylou and Dolly (Buff Orpingtons), and Mother Maybelle and June Carter (Delawares) all celebrated their two-week birthdays with the emerging of these sweet little tail feathers and a series of other accomplishments: June Carter is the lead flier and now likes to perch on top of their water bottle; Tammy, who was the most reserved and shiest at first, is now the largest, which seems to give her a new sense of confidence, especially with Mother Maybelle (who remains the top maternal figure); and Emmylou and Dolly have become more comfortable with being held. They will remain in my office for at least a couple more weeks, which I don’t mind because they’re a lovely distraction. Plus, we need to finish up their outdoor home and chicken tractor first! Always so many projects to finish around here. 🙂



{this moment}

As inspired by SouleMama (who has since retired this feature, yet I’ve decided to carry it on): {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.



in the garden

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This past week the weather has been warm and humid, with a bit of rain — exactly what the garden ordered. As a result, just about everything has been shooting up in leaps and bounds: the sunflowers grew more than a foot, pea pods began to fill up quickly, and wee zucchini seemingly burst out of nowhere. Tat soi, salad greens, radishes, and host of fresh herbs — cilantro, oregano, and basil — made their way from the garden to our plates this week, too. And the garlic scapes are almost ready to cut and grill up this weekend — can’t wait! The rest of the garden is looking a bit of a wilderness, to be frank. The late afternoon rains and lingering dampness have meant there’s been little mowing this week, but I confess there is a part of me that adores the overgrown look. 🙂

gratitude sunday


gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • This handsome little guy, who has been a semi-regular visitor to our garden (but has the good sense not to sample the produce!)
  • Evening thunderstorms that break the heat of the day and bring breezy cool relief just before bedtime
  • Opportunities that take me off the Hill (Baldy, that is) and introduce me to new folks and places and worlds I’ve only dreamed of before
  • The knowledge that other homesteady types like us also face challenges in getting all the work done, have to put off projects from time to time, and often don’t get much weeding done after July 🙂


  • Another great market day on Saturday — we always meet the nicest people at The Red Barn. Many thanks to the new folks who stopped by and to our repeat customers too! 🙂
  • Sweet peas popping out of their pods
  • Great fun at the local country fairs — cows, tractor pull competitions, and the best chocolate ice cream cones
  • A new knitting project this week — I often take a little break from the needles in the spring, but now that planting is done, it felt great to pick them up again 🙂


  • These six little wee-bits that arrived this weekend: Loretta and Tammy, Dolly and Emmylou, and Mother Maybelle and June Carter. Happy to report they’re all thriving and cute as could be
  • My collection of favorite childhood books — I tend to dip into them during the summer when I favor lighter reading
  • Another book, this one by Elizabeth David, which forever changed my way of thinking about summer cooking/not cooking; in a nutshell, June through August is one long picnic 🙂
  • An open schedule this coming week, which will allow plenty of time to coo over the chicks! 🙂

in the garden

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Like many gardeners on the east coast, we spent much time watering the garden last week — hot temperatures, no rain, and young plants are not a good mix. And I’m happy to report our efforts were successful. Unfortunately, when we finally got the much needed rain, it came in overwhelming downpours for several days. But now we’re beginning to dry out and no longer feel waterlogged. I was able to get out in the garden today to do some weeding (note to self: in future, take photos for blog AFTER weeding, not before 🙂 ) and prepare some more ground for planting tomorrow.

Since last week, the first garlic scapes have appeared and today I harvested the first of the radish (French breakfast — yum!). The beets and peas look healthy and vibrant, and the beans should soon be climbing as well. Posy-wise, there are peonies, daisies, lupines, pansies, geraniums, and more gracing our garden with their cheerful colors and gorgeous smells. I could breathe in this air forever. 🙂 But like the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc., I’m hoping for the return of some sunshine and warmer weather in the coming week!