"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." John Muir
This night where the veil between life and death is most fragile, is a time to remember the dead; to pray them out of purgatory, to offer up tribute and to contemplate endings. The reaper rules the harvest and the long night of winter begins. Let this one minute video be my offering for the artists to whom this homage is dedicated. *please set your YouTube viewer to 720 HD with the settings gear at the bottom of the screen*
Made entirely on iPad.
Made entirely on iPad.
This post was made with Blogsy a drag and drop app for iPad. I need to study up but looks like a great service ...I could not get blogger to work via safari on the pad.
|Chilled Summer Soup|
Chilled Summer Soup:
2 cups homemade veggie broth. (I use this recipe to make mine, only I leave out the mushrooms.)
1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup of chopped cucumber
1/2 cup of chopped yellow or zucchini squash (I use a blend of both)
1/2 cup avocado
1 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp of fresh dill
1 clove garlic
*cayenne to taste: this is the critical ingredient that give the soup a kick of a finish
this makes +/- 2 pints
Blend all of the above in a blender until smooth. Don't use a food processor or a Vitamix: it will destroy the texture. You want there to be a little bit of body to it. Chill for at least two hours. Serve with tiny dill sprig on top or a little swirl of yogurt. This raw soup is divine, and a beautiful first course for a summer dinner.
of Rhododendron anchors
July's broadleaf glade.
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Scratch got nothing on your soul
but mind that whiskey.
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A heavy frost killed my blueberries two weeks ago. Today it was almost 83 degrees and I watched in horror as I saw the brussels sprouts and brocolli go limp. The lettuce will get bitter in this heat. I will need to harvest the spinach early because the hot days will ruin its flavor. I have carrots in the ground and a second round of radish I hope I can get them grown and full of flavor but I know they prefer cool air. The first batch of radishes were a gorgeous assortment of french breakfast, cherry reds, white and pinks. A few of them were left in the ground too long and they came out resembling angry purple turnips. I should have carved faces into them like they do in Mexico on the "Night of the Radishes".
Right now, all that really looks great are the strawberries. But that is just dumb luck - I put them in and they just know what to do. Their bright reds are a cheerful greeting each morning when I go out to see what happened in the garden overnight. Today I saw a hummingbird sipping the nectar from tiny purple blooms on the weeds that are taking over the field. I see the big piliated woodpecker almost everyday, and a pair of doves have taken up residence in the platform feeder out by the shed. A five-lined skink sunned himself on the shed deck this afternoon. And tonight, there is a waxing almost half moon. It's beautiful.
The new chicks:
|Boogie, Annette and Lily|
|the Yard Boss|
|the USS Lily|
|the hens' mister|
|Lily and Annette|