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end-of-June garden

       It's been unusually rainy this year, which has helped the water budget.  I'm not sure if the zucchini is getting enough sun with all the cloudy days, so far we just have some little fruits.  The squirrels are a problem, I'm pretty sure they stole the first zucchini!  I had three good plants and one pot, so I put the other two in random spots against the house, just to see...  would they be worth filling in some dead space?  They are keeping up fairly well with the pot in the sun.        All the major growing effort has been focused on the pots, but we do have some giant hollyhocks and a forest of dill!  Maybe we'll do some serious pickling this year, if we get some good cucs at the farmer's market.  Also some volunteer lettuce, which have been great for salads and lettuce wraps.        I feel pretty good about how the tomatoes are doing.  So far, I seem to have strong, healthy plants, flowering.  I watched this video and this video , and learned a bunch.  I

May days

May was full of flowers bursting open in the garden, mostly purple!   I'm trying to let my garden rest this year, but I had stocked up on seeds in January and could not resist starting some for pots, so we are growing San Marzano tomatoes, and a couple zucchinis and basil.  We'll see how it goes.  It's always good to learn new things in the garden.   I'm doing the photo list thing, again.  I'm on a quest for the perfect cloudscape .  In the meantime, finding lots of beautiful scenes with clouds, but not sure I've captured my interpretation of cloudscape yet.   A little knitting, quite a bit of quilting, and more than enough weeding fill my days; trying to get in some driving lessons, and wishing we'd done a lot more last year when traffic was much lighter - especially in the city.  But we're here this year, and getting through fine.   Every month has flown by, this year, and my pictures remind me that there are precious sights and memories all around.  W

April pictures, 2021

garden 2021

  Just gettin' started with some tomato and other seedlings. 

Happy March! Spring, I welcome you.

  This lovely postcard is from my great-grandmother's correspondence.  Looking through vintage papers, I realize symbols were used for very different things than what we think these days.  This card is nothing to do with St. Patrick's Day, but I love the four-leaf clover.  In my childhood home, St. Patrick's Day meant wearing green so we didn't get pinched.  After I met my husband, whose mother is half Irish, it took on more significance.  Up until then, I had never had soda bread or corned beef.  My husband makes a great corned beef!   I have been enjoying these beautiful hyacinths - closed and then open.  I'm ready for the life that spring brings.  And they smell light and lovely. Starting in the garden, purple columbines, and tulips.  I planted the tulip (and other) bulbs last fall but can't remember what they're supposed to look like.  It will be a lovely surprise.  We're expecting a lot of snow later this week; I might see about covering these littl

knitting: projects that last - sweaters pt 1

I've learned over the years that not every project was worth my time and money.  Of course I want to knit all the things, but if I expect to use the knitted item over and over and hey, possibly be warm or fashionable, then I need priorities.  Instead of buying so much yarn, I'd rather buy better yarn. And while it would be terrific to knit every color, I'm really not going to wear every color.  So here is a piece that I've knitted and loved and loved!   (I believe in real community and try to buy yarn from my local yarn shop.  But if you can't, I'm linking to lovecrafts because they carry some of my patterns and I couldn't find Juniper Moon's website.)  COBBLESTONE TRENCHCOAT Designed by Veera Valimaki, found in November Knits book . Finished in fall, 2015 Originally, I knitted this sweater to showcase new yarn in the shop where I taught.  I altered several things, most specifically the pockets and the hood.  The hood was based on an idea I had, and un