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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Making the rounds

on a sunny day.

Lola and Clyde spend more and more time with us and away from the pond.

I have re-discovered Zinnia "Country Fair".

Sandhill Cranes have joined our menagerie.

Guests have left.

Mother duck is teaching all eight ducklings how to dive for food.

Even a few little flowers make a statement.

Pasha divides his time between inside and outside.

Lucy still pulls her own carrots.  

Need to make a note to plant Zinnias again next year.  

Lucinato Kale is the most nutritious of the Kale family.  No wonder it's the preferred kale in Italian kitchens. 

My Lake Maggiore asters, seeds collected more than forty years ago, need to ripen so that I can plant them again next year. 

Letting hollyhock seeds ripen to share with friends. 

Leaving a few grapes on the vines to make them extra sweet.

It's harvest time...don't know what to tackle first.

The Labor Day Sale and Artist Studio Tour was a rousing success.

I sold some of my favorite pieces. 

What are you up to these days?  


Saturday, August 26, 2017

It has to weigh less than 20 pounds

This is what I pack for a 2 week trip to Italy. 

A super thin silk skirt and cotton blend top.

Lightweight Pendleton slacks and very thin cotton blouse.

A super thin woolen skirt and cotton blend top.

A very thin silk tunic dress to be worn with leggings and ballet flats.

A very light weight cashmere turtle neck sweater and another very thin woolen skirt.  It looks heavy but you can almost see through it.

I wear this top with leggings.  
This is probably the outfit I will wear on the plane.  
The top is probably the single most heavy item in my suitcase. 

Just in case the days are warm.

However, I mostly wear dark colors because we are traveling in late September/early October.

Cotton top and Pendleton cotton pants.

This is my favorite dress made of silk crepe de chine.  It has been on many trips.
(it looks better on). 

Cashmere blend top and cotton pants.

Another superlight cashmere sweater.  

A couple of belts, 3 scarves, My hat, my pearls, my old shoulder bag and my little cross body bag. 

3 pairs of shoes, a few unmentionables, and 
a zippered tote bag to take onto the plane.  It holds camera, books, toiletries, small l Pad, 
GPS and related gadgets. 

And Mr G, my husband of 53 years.  

What I don't take:
Rain gear, sneakers, new shoes, new clothes.

That's it folks. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Have you noticed?

I'm taking a break.

See you soon. 

Have a great remainder of the week. 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mon Bouquet du Jour

Meine Sonntag Blumen

This is the year for Hollyhocks. 

This wild female duck laid her eggs in a secret spot. 
And 24 days or so later, she marched her day-old ducklings past my window. 

All in a single file with a get to water and our pond. 

The tiny little ducklings must have walked more than a mile.  

picture added 7-31-2017

This mother duck is special. First she avoided all predators by laying her eggs in a safe place and now, weeks later, all eight of them are alive and well. 

A Herculean feat.  

Have an extra special week dear Friends. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

All they need is

Water, water and more water.

deep water at the base of the plants.  
Do not spray from top with water.

That way you will avoid diseases and rust. 

Blooms will be large, and on strong plants. 

If you want to revisit your hollyhocks in winter, why not dry a few blossoms. 
Here is how

Dry them in a bed of builders sand.

Soon, they will shine another blooming season. 

Have a great week dear friends, 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Good Grief, I just noticed.

My chickens are reaching through the fence. 

Aha, I caught you.  No use looking so innocent now. 

They are eating my new Sweet Pea Shoots.

No use denying it.  I've seen you do it. 

A summer without Sweet Peas? 

Now listen here girls, I'm watching you. 

 If it hairlips a hog, I will have Sweet Peas this year.  

One of every color in the rainbow. 

And one more thing. 
The Ronde de Nice seeds I saved from last year's crop did not look promising.
But now I see that I will have enough of these delectable little squash to share with the entire town. 

(They may show up on your doorstep).

Have a great remainder of the week, dear friends. 


Sunday, July 9, 2017

I had to do it.

Traveling these days is not easy.

But Italy was calling.

Innocently, I was checking air fares.

Important tip:

When booking flights check  the "Flexible Dates" box and 
"First/Business Z" category (Delta Airlines) 
You will find days when prices are $500 to $1000

The destination?  Italy, of course. 

Relais Sant Elena in Bibbona has room for us. 

I need one more pasta making lesson.

And another visit with my favorite friend Mario in his studio in Montelupo, Fiorentino.   

I just had to do it.  
Click, and it was done.  

 It was only 3 months ago, we said that we wouldn't get on another long flight. 

How soon one forgets. 

We will take care of our garden before we go.

and harvest our garden, preserve fruits and vegetables. 
Then in September, we are off. 

Have a great week ahead, dear friends.