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Friday, August 11, 2017

Vintage Children's Dishes

The talents of a sea gull are much like mine.  I am attracted to colorful and shiny objects... oh, and food!  At the many estate sales in the area I often pick up items for no reason and with no plan although basically I profess to collect vintage linens.  Sometimes I don't even know what I'm buying, then come home and do the research... a good way to learn.  Here's one of my latest favorite finds: a few assorted pieces of Akro Agate dishes.  Made during WWII, the history of the company which originally began making marbles is found in this article:

I hope you enjoy reading about these dishes.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Amazing Garden Success

Here are a few pics of the little garden and how it has grown in two months.  Lots of challenges along the way with a doe nibbling green beans and hollyhocks and bunnies nibbling everything else.  Bunny's favorite seems to be the bachelor buttons.  I later heard from a neighbor that the doe has two fawns hidden in the wooded lot to the north.  I cannot begrudge mama deer good nourishment.

Otherwise crabgrass is the next most challenging nuisance.  All in all I'm very pleased.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Sunny Garden Spot

Who can believe that even more months and calendar pages have disappeared?  My last post was in October 2016!  But jumping right into the past few weeks for an update, I decided to battle the voles and moles in the front yard because it has sunshine for some sun-loving plants.  The back yard is mostly shade and well-established with shady perennials.

To dress up the plain front of the house we now have a simple decorative picket fence with a gate.
It's about a foot away from a ground level deck and gives the feeling of a porch.  Neighbors have stopped by to admire and approve.  I'm glad.  I removed some sod, turned earth, added compost and manure and have begun to plant.  My next door neighbor shared daisies, iris, lilies and rudbeckia.  I transplanted hollyhock, hosta and astilbe.  I planted marigolds beside pole green beans hoping to keep bunny away.  Bachelor button seeds sprouted almost before I could turn around.

Here we are within the city limits and before the earth could settle there were fresh deer tracks across the garden space!  I've never seen a deer here.  There are houses everywhere and traffic and people and bikes.  Yet the deer is checking out my garden!  Stay tuned.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Squash Soup

Weeks, months fly by.  The calendar pages almost flip over by themselves.  Gorgeous autumn here... mild, sunny, gentle days.  The colors are normally at their peak mid-October and here it is Halloween and still much green left and the most beautiful scenery every where.  We are raking.  We are carving pumpkins.  I am enjoying the soups of the season.  I made creamy squash soup the other day. Split pea soup will be Sunday's soup tomorrow.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Seed Harvest

What a beautiful Sunday it has been... sunny, dry, mild.  It is beginning to feel a bit like fall, however, with a few gold and orange leaves on the maple trees.  Today turned out to be a perfect day for harvesting morning glory seeds.  My pot of sprouted plants grew to cover a trellis right up to the roof of the house.  I expect I'll be searching for mature seeds for a few weeks.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer Garden Minestrone

It was a pleasure today snipping fresh herbs from the garden. I made a pot of minestrone using
not only parsley, thyme and basil, but added a nice zucchini and a couple tomatoes.  Oh, and a sprig of mint for my iced tea.  We are all enjoying these nice days as the maple trees are showing hints of red and gold.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Salad Greens - at last!

At long last my pot of lettuce is ready to eat. It sits on a bench on the deck where Bunny can not reach.  It made a tasty salad for lunch yesterday along with a fresh blueberry muffin.

However, leaves on my tomato plants were being stripped.  It took a couple of days of searching but
I found the culprit.  Tomatoes are beginning to ripen, but it will be a while.  Gardening is a challenge, but so worth the effort!