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Garden Amazement

I’m amazed when I walk out and explore the garden.  All this stuff happens while I’m not looking: zucchini leaves grow to the size of dinner plates, blueberries ripen, blossoms magically become plums and apples, cherries and pears.   Continue reading


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Hello, Little Jaybird!

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As I was checking on the cabbage, squash, and beet seedlings this afternoon, this handsome Western Scrub Jay made an appearance.  He hopped along about 3 feet from me, seemingly unafraid, pecking in the grass and cocking his head.  I happened to have my phone in my pocket, and as I thanked him for being so friendly as to stop by, he let me take his picture. Continue reading


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The River Bar

Yesterday after a full day of house, yard and garden chores and 15 pounds of new River Bar Soaps, we  hopped into our little Walker Bay 10 and enjoyed an hour on the river.  Exquisite end to the day and a delightful pleasure we both enjoy so much.  Rick mans the oars up river and I take over on the way back down. Translation: he does all the hard work while I take pictures, then I practice my rowing while the current floats us back to the truck and trailer. Continue reading


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Rainy Day Gardening and Soap Extrusion

Rainy Day Gardening 

It’s a rainy Memorial Day in Redwood National Park country, but we decided to not be wimpy–it’s not uncommon to have some rain here on Memorial Day weekend–so we trudged out in the drizzle to amend the soil in three new garden boxes.   Continue reading


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Firstfruits and Sunscreen

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This morning I pulled the first of our French Breakfast radishes and ate them for . . . breakfast!  All the seeds I tucked into the soil last month are becoming recognizable as their correlating vegetable plants.  Simply amazing!  Carrots, kale, shallots, radishes, lettuce and snap peas are following the instructions God imprinted into their previous generations: grow and prosper!  I think I love the peas the most.  One of my favorite summer pasttimes is standing in the evening garden grazing on peas ’til I’m full–the best kind of feast! Continue reading