A Parting

A quick walk through the garden this morning….  This was my most beautiful summer garden, full to the brim with flowers and herbs, rambling vines, beautiful fruits, sweet corn and sorghum, sweet potatoes and cassava.  It is at the turning point, when the sunflowers have started to shrivel up and it becomes jungly. In this…

Six Cooling Herbal Drinks For Hot Weather

Summer has set in. The days are long and so hot the wind feels like the air from a baking oven on my face, and the grass looks like uncut hay, all shriveled and dried in the pasture.  It has been days and days of dry, bright sunshine over 100 F. The ticks and yellow…

Chicken and Parsley Root with Pesto and Pink Peppercorns

For several weeks now i have been hearing the scream of a chicken in the night, whereupon i climb down the loft and rush outside, holding aloft a dim little lantern like the Statue of Liberty to where the dogs are already silently loping through the darkness. Nothing has been discovered until morning, and only…

May Roses

The roses are blooming, the queen of any garden. The goats had eaten all but one of my roses i started many years ago from cuttings, and just this spring i bought new bare root plants to replace them, and it is wonderful to see them bloom for the first time, all different beautiful pinks….

Harvest

This year has lacked a dry season, making the pastures already green and beautiful and filled with flowers.  Walking through the cow-paths, the starry Erigeron flowers swirl past in a green galaxy of grass. It isn’t the usual hot, blue, open skies of May, but chased all over with piled up clouds shadowed with silver…

Poppies

The poppies are the scarlet beauties of the garden right now.  The legion poppies have been blooming the longest, but every week a new kind is blooming, delighting us with new colors and shapes.   They are so proud and bold among the grass, yet so delicate with their ruffled petals like fine silk that glows…

Goat Stew with Parsnips and Raisins

More than a week ago now i woke up to a grim grey sky. I started the chores right away, hoping to be inside by Calcifer when the rain started. Things went quickly, despite the usual difficulties of the brooder lamp flickering out for the little ducks, and wading awkwardly through the 100 little meat…

Easter

This was the first year we were able to dye eggs with all home grown dyes: turmeric, beets, red Brussels sprouts leaves, mulberries and spiderwort flowers.  The natural dyes are so subtle and beautiful. They blend in beautifully with nature and are really hard to find.  I woke up early to cut dewy grass and…

The Hermitage

The warm days are rushing me onwards, from first light of dawn I feel the same pulse and impulse of the ginger sprouting from winter-hidden roots, each day taller, flushing with urgent green to catch the gifts of the sun. It is time to plant, and i have started earlier than in past years. The…

Loquat and Mulberry Cobbler (grain-free; Paleo)

 We stopped in at my mom’s house in town to pick mulberries from the ancient mulberry tree in her front yard.  The tree is huge and covered with berries, but the birds have begun to eat the ripe ones already and we mostly found berries which had just recently fallen.  My mom tempted the girls…

Spring Soup

I have been very much enjoying the warmth and beauty of this 35th spring I have experienced. The garden is covered in flowers, and it is the time when the laurel and live oaks shed their old, tough leaves, and they come down like rain in gusty swirls with each gentle breeze.  One morning I…