Thursday, May 26, 2016


A soft rain overnight has refreshed our parched earth


Lady's Mantle


Wild Mustard

Goldenrod Spider, 
still golden from her time on the wild mustard, I believe.

She is so colorful against green leaves and blue bugle.

Apple Blooms, drenched in rain, still cling to the tree.

But, as June approaches, 
the wild apple trees celebrate
with pink confetti.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you fresh air and something to celebrate.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Stroll: Looking Closer

Walk with me, out past the garden, to the cedar wood.

Let's step through the wall of trees near 
the towering maple, 
so good for climbing in,
and resting under.

Let's remember that everywhere we look, 
there are small and beautiful details.

It is Middle-May,
and all the world is fragrant,
with apple blossom sweetness

and quiet hints of violet.

The cedar swamp has burst 
into verdant green splendor

 and even there, 
amid the water mint and horsetail,
dandelions bloom.

We can never rush past this handsome fellow,

and we must take a few moments to listen
to Dark Water Creek,
as it flows amid ferns,

and twists and turns
 amid the roots
of sheltering trees.

When we step back into the open field,
the sky is a miracle of blue,
and the cedars a celebration of green.

Beneath our feet,
wild strawberries bloom,
and we will remember that 
June is just around the corner.

Perhaps we will make a wish,
that spring and summer 
will linger this year.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you serenity.

If you have time, be sure to check in on Steve's stroll over at Out on the Prairie.

Sunday Stroll Invitation

A quote from my original Sunday Stroll Invitation in April of 2008:

"A Sunday Stroll is not a power walk. It is a slow motion experience. 
To take a Sunday Stroll is to meander through the garden, with camera in hand, noticing things... like the tender green shoot growing up through last year's leaf litter, light through a translucent petal, or the spider in the tulip cup. "

May 2016

Let me add that your stroll does not have to be in a garden.  Any natural setting where you walk will do!  I think I will be forest-walking today.

If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, please post about about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment and a link to your post. You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or side bar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so other strollers can walk through your garden too. I'll check back as often as my busy day on the farm allows and try to keep the list updated.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dandelion Wine

After two hours clipping yellow petals beneath a serene blue sky, 
we have enough dandelion for a small batch of Dandelion Wine. 
A little summer in a bottle!

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you this much color and light!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Strolling through Sunday

 The morning was overcast. 
 A dusting of snow lay over the garden.

But in the sheltered corner garden, 
a few flowers were blooming.

Creeping phlox,

And a creeping Goldenrod Spider (Mitsumena Vatia)
on the Mount Hood Daffodils

On the front lawn beneath the Sycamore tree, Wild Violets are plentiful.
We gathered a few to make a Wild Violet Syrup during the afternoon.

The sky brightened to this beautiful blue,

with long white clouds in the sky,
and low-lying frost-cover clouds near the ground.

The peach blossoms are faded and sad after the freeze over night,
but at the protected, hidden edge of the swamp, 
the marsh marigolds are thriving.

Deeper into the cedar wood,
Jack in the pulpits and ferns are emerging.

My thirteen year old son walked these quiet acres with me this afternoon.  Did you walk or get out in the fresh air today?

Long time readers of my blog will remember that I used to host a "Sunday Stroll" nearly every week. I am curious, if I resurrected that tradition, is there anyone who would like to stroll on Sundays with me, posting your stroll on your own blog and checking in here so I can send other readers your way? If so, please let me know.  I think I might do it just once or twice a month.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather,
I wish you somewhere beautiful to walk,
and someone beloved with whom to walk.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Almond Blossoms


Wild Strawberry




We were under a freeze warning last night.  I hope these delicate blossoms survive the next few very cold days. We are looking forward to the first fruit on our young trees! We had help on the farm yesterday covering tender onions, grapes, and a few other things with frost covers.  The covers will remain on until this cold snap passes. 

We have a long lingering cold season in these northern hills, and such a short growing season.  For that reason, I never put the sweaters and jackets away for the summer.  You never know when you may need them!  

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you something to look forward to!