A Garden Tour Spring 2020

Can I show you my garden?  This is, beyond a shadow, the most beautiful, flower-filled, viney, better-homes-and-gardens, fairy dust, glossy magazine centerfold, rockstar, dreamboat, fairest-of-them-all, wish-upon-a-star, garden of dreams garden than I’ve ever grown before…. I took first-planted pictures to include, so you can see how it has grown! Here it is now: These are…

The Odd Bits: Blood Loaf

Just after we moved from my childhood home to a lonely neighborhood, i started having panic attacks. A month before we had moved, I got eight new silver amalgam fillings, triggering a severe kidney infection that didn’t respond to antibiotics, asthmatic bronchitis that i didn’t fully recover from for years, and a heart arrhythmia. I…

Easter 2020

Our naturally dyed eggs turned out so pretty this year! We made the most beautiful blue dye from the very dark purple Nebula carrots in the garden.  We did the usual beets and turmeric for red and yellow.  I woke up very early,  when just the barest white violet light was bathing the dew-soaked garden….

The Odd Bits: Crispy Chicken Feet

These past few weeks have been so perfectly beautiful – clear as a bell and full to the brim with flowers and the unfolding of fresh green leaves, ready to meet the sunshine.  The mornings have been dew-strung and misty,  illuminating the careful lacy weavings of the spiders in the golden light, and at night…

The Odd Bits: Beef Heart Stew

I love this blooming, gentle season, with its bright blue days so beautiful they seem like a dream, and skies that are like gazing into the eyes of a beloved. They shift so easily into the pattering, grey days when the slick tree trunks stand out from the blushing green. Perhaps it is the flowers…

The Odd Bits: Fried Testicles

Despite the warmth of this winter, we at last passed through the frost-bearded days of our wintery spring, the dark, chilly nights pinpricked by the undying stars, when i wake up before light to sprinkle the frozen, rattling garden; crunching bucket-laden to the honking geese in the white dawn through the field of bright glass-green…

The Storm

The whole world seems to be swallowed by a wild sea as i sit here in my kitchen,  listening to the wind of the storm crashing in the rocking trees, the leaves and branches rattling in the claps of ominiusly swirling hot wind, and then suddenly the quiet and the stillness. As the dark, eerie…

Healing Herbs

This is a story about a healing journey.  Last year was a difficult year for me. The spring was rushed and full trying to get ready for traveling, over the summer i was gone working hard abroad through a bad cold, followed by a very difficult hike over the alps. When i returned, the autumn…

Solstice Brownies (Paleo, Grain-free, Gluten-free)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the return of the light, and what it means to wait in darkness, closed in, caught in long moments of obscurity, almost forgetting that there was anything but stagnant midnight, longing for and trying to believe in the first ray of morning. I have been trying to sleep…

A Counter Garden: Adventures With Sprouting

It was so hot and tropical this fall. Finally, the day after Halloween,  the cool weather came,  blowing away the heavy,  damp heat. The light is different now,  beaming in long, honey-colored rays through the afternoon trees.  The last yellow cherry leaves are wavering at the tips of tiny branches where little birds flutter and…

Grain-free Pecan Chestnut Ginger Cookies

I started with roots this time in the garden.  Flowers,  herbs and roots.  It’s not like me at all.  I usually like to get a healthy selection of greens going, and drag my feet on the radishes, carrots, beets,  parsnips, and salsify.  They grow slowly and need extra soil amendments, and it usually feels daunting,…

A Halloween Story

Something really awful happened yesterday.  Our cats are great ratters, and one of them (I presume) had dragged a fairly large but scrawny rat out of the barn and left it on the patio.(Not the same rat in the picture). Because of the stored animal feed,  we have a constant supply of rats and squirrels…