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Ferns, View du Jour. June 6, 2018

An  early June morning. I went to the back of our property near the creek. There is a very nice stand of ferns on the opposite side of the creek, not cultivated but encouraged. The regularity  of the fonds always interests me. This is a photo of one that exemplifies that regularity and symmetry.

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Insect in bee balm, View du Jour 6/20/2018

We had some folks over for a barbecue, the Shekanino kids. Just to take a break, around dusk I took a quick walk  in the front yard. The light was very complimentary to some lavender bee balm that was just starting to bloom so I tried to get as close as I could. After the […]

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A Place to Bury Strangers – Pinned – 5th Album

A Place to Bury Strangers are releasing  Pinned,  their 5th album, on April 13. They also have tours in Europe and North America planned starting in March. Here are links to news about the album and the tour. A Place to Bury Strangers prep ‘Pinned’ LP, share “Never Coming Back,” touring Brooklyn Vegan (blog) Brooklyn […]

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About dying – when the river stops

I recently read I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson. AN introspective story of son and Mother. The title comes form a quote of Chairman Mao. Time does not stand still, things change. Petterson makes an excellent observation about dying, when the river stops. “.. but when it came to dying, I was […]

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Short Review: Smitten Kitchen Every Day by Deb Perlman

Deb Perlman’s recipes are some of my favorites. I often check her site first when I’m looking for a recipe or an idea of ways to use some ingredients we have. For example, the recipe I mention below was selected because we had bought 2 bushels of apples  and wanted to make a treat with […]

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Butterfly visitor in late October

We don’t ‘clean-up’ our garden in Fall by pulling flowers that are still in bloom or vegetables that show promise for producing a bit more. Yesterday we were happy to see a monarch butterfly seemingly enjoying the remaining blooms. Sad to say that in about two weeks or so the flowers and many of the […]

Eating in New Orleans

Lynn and I took a trip to  New Orleans this past Spring. We arrived on Easter Sunday and met up with our friends Patrick & Paula the next day and stayed until the following Monday – eight nights in all. Aside from Lynn’s unfortunate accident – she tripped on the street and fell on her face which […]

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APTBS Tour Diary by The Photoladies

A nice collection of photos taken during the APTBS spring tour by a variety of talented photographers. A Place to Bury Strangers Tour Diary 4.24.17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachtend Tavern – Judie Vegh 4.25.17 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar – Emily May 5.2.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel – Em Grey 5.6.17 – Toronto, ON – […]

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View du jour. May 1, 2016

A picture taken at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market on the first day of June. Spring crops have been available for a few weeks and some summer crops are coming in. These are , obviously, purple turnips – the spring ones that are sweeter and more tender than the ones available in the fall. These are […]

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View du Jour. May 28 2016

May is a beautiful time in this part of Virginia. The weather is often very pleasant and the garden is in great shape. Here is a shot of the blooms on one of our rose bushes. This one is a hybrid, very common and blooms until it gets a good freeze.  It has a little fragrance […]

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