Category Archives: Reflections

Indigo Fall

I like the soft indigo color the hydrangea flowers become in the fall. Their sky blue summer hues soften and age to this refined shade of indigo. A warm winter sweater of this color would look sublime. We are deep … Continue reading

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Snow Geese and the Last Dandelion

I may have witnessed an event that happens only once in a million years, a dandelion in bloom at the same time the snow geese have arrived in the valley for the winter. On Monday we spotted snow geese for … Continue reading

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Autumn is Just as Colorful as Spring

Autumn is just as colorful as spring. The sun was out a few days ago, shining on the last comfrey in bloom. In the spring comfrey blooms against a backdrop of new green. In the fall its purple flowers shine … Continue reading

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First Frost

It’s not unusual to have the first frost during the second week of October. Today the skies were cloudless all day, from before sunrise and even now with the stars filling the night sky. The first frost is a warning … Continue reading

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Who Eats Apples?

Who eats apples? The question is more like who doesn’t eat apples. The Flickers and Stellar Jays joyfully peck at the apples we haven’t picked. I don‘t mind sharing. There are more apples than we can eat. What I didn’t … Continue reading

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October Sky

After a first of October with the bluest of skies, the stars are out tonight, satellites and shooting stars among them. The nippy mornings are bringing out the fall colors. The bees and wasps are having their last meals. In … Continue reading

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What You Don’t Know May Kill You

This may never happen again, an apple tree with red ripe apples and blossoms at the same time. This will happen again and again, red maple leaves at the start of fall. The fall rains have set off the mushrooms. … Continue reading

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Change Is Coming

There is just a hint of fall in the Japanese maple leaves along the bridge in the woods. The blue skies of summer are a fading memory. There are more rainy days than not. Today we slip into the dark … Continue reading

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Learning to Share

I love the blue of the sky this time of year. The billowing clouds make you think you’re driving through a Dutch Masterpiece from the 17th century. I went out to gather the last of the grapes only to discover … Continue reading

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Barefoot Gardening

The clouds and rain come nearly every day now. The rain held off for yesterday’s farmers market. When I checked the forecast for next week’s Saturday market, it showed rain all week except Wednesday, and rain on into the following … Continue reading

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No Remorse

Friday, September 6, was our last day of summer. In many places summer dawdles on with no clarity as to when its last day was. Not here. As the temperature soared on Friday, there was no doubt that once the … Continue reading

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September or May?

The cool mornings are more like fall than summer now. The ducks have settled into their new digs at the pond, swimming much of the day, and coming out of the water to forage on the grass. Emma, living in … Continue reading

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Summer’s Waning Days

Summer’s waning days are full of surprises, such as this bounty of grapes that appeared out of nowhere, on a vine I wasn’t paying any attention to. Another week or two and they will be perfect for picking. The magentaspreen … Continue reading

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All the Good There Is

Watching tofu cooling in clear, cold water is so soothing. It’s an opportunity to reflect on all the good there is. The marjoram has gone to bloom, dainty pink flowers decorate the path out to the tofu cabin. The chickens … Continue reading

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Luxury of a Cool Summer

Some of the hens have decided to lay eggs in luxurious alpaca fur nests. I’ll have to note on the eggs how special they are. Of the tens of millions of eggs laid every day, how many get laid in … Continue reading

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Home Sweet Home

Snow and her two brothers are settling into their new home on the pond. We moved them there last week so they wouldn’t harass Emma and her ducklings in the garden. They surprised me two nights ago by appearing in … Continue reading

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We Will Not Be Moved

The wasps which built a nest at the base of a bird feeder under a pear tree were becoming a problem. Walk too close to the pear tree, and they’d sting. The one time I got stung, it felt like … Continue reading

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Weeds Are Useful

There are plenty of places in the gardens where the weeds and brush grow profusely. I don’t mind them because they are a haven for many good insects and spiders to live. They come out and quickly dispatch any invading … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t I Think of That? First In, First Out Done Easy

The drakes are lost. Both of the hens, Snow and Emma, are spending most of their time on their nests, incubating their eggs. Without their mates, the drakes meander, not sure what to do, or so it seems. Duck world … Continue reading

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Early Summer – Dreaming of No Waste

Today’s clouds are a welcome relief from the early heatwave of the past few days which gave us a taste of July and August in May. The yellow dandelion flowers have turned into fluffy white balls, which float away with … Continue reading

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