The Fruits of Nature

September is nearly finished. We are harvesting, and eating, and preserving … but mostly, we are thankful to nature for its delicious and generous gifts.

And Then It Was August

July swept by so fast that it’s still the month showing on my calendar. It was a good month. Had family visiting. Always wonderful. Sad when they leave but that’s the way of things in this family. We live in the four-corners of the world; the sun shines on at least one of us every…

How to Cook Easy-Peel Eggs

How To Cook An Easy-Peel Egg It can be done. I didn’t believe it but it’s true. This method comes from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt’s book “The Food Lab”. It’s the science of cooking, like why that does this, or why that doesn’t do this. Anyway, the eggs. This method produces a hard-cooked egg that is…

Second Week of June in the Garden

June: Week 23 – A week of warmer temperatures, a bit of sun, a bit of rain … and the garden’s grown beyond recognition. The hostas are taller than the birdbath now, and the birdbath is almost waist-high on me. Who’d have guessed that removing Dad’s old willow tree would cause the old hostas to…

We’re in the Blooming of It Now!

We’ve had good weather for coaxing the garden into growth. The alpines are flourishing, and all the new plants that we put in a few weeks ago are now well-established. We’ve even had a few days of warm rain, so no need for watering the garden. The strawberry plants have set blossoms, and although I…

Mapping the Garden: Week 2

Yes, we’re still at it. Or rather Peder is. He digs and digs, and then does his back in, and I fix him coffee, fetch him aspirin and heat packs, and he continues to buy plants and dig holes … because he’s a Dane, and Danes are as tough as an iron shovel. So, one…

Mapping the Rock Garden

After Dad’s willow tree died, we decided to redesign the rock garden. This is a map of it with the various plants named. The image is clickable for full-size viewing.

And Then It Was May

Here’s a glimpse of April and a peek into May. The weather in mid-April dropped back into freezing, a wind from the arctic stalled all plant growth. We wondered if spring would ever arrive. The apple trees were still bare of leaves, and certainly no sign of flowers setting. The colour was only brown mixed…