Monday, September 30, 2013


Marizol Gold tomatoes

Costoluto Genovese

Still feels like summer in the afternoon

Long Island Cheese Pumpkins

Baby A storming the Sweet Potatoes

N Planting some Lavatera seeds- could this be the reason for so many 'volunteer' plants?

The biggest Leek we've ever grown- hilling them up works! 

Leek car wash

chilly mornings call for sweaters

Some sort of sweet tiny fungi in the grass

'Dragonbot' the dragon fly that N 'rescued' from the puddle on the chair.

She's been rescuing insects lately, worms, centipedes, dragonflies...

A bench just for her

Some thumb sized sweet potatoes


Tuesday, September 24, 2013



:: Quiet cooperative play, so lovely.
:: Enjoying the last of the summer larkspur.
:: The overgrown fall garden, those tomato rows are about 8 feet wide, no joke.
:: The sulky behaviour of a four yr. old, which made both K and I think : did we fast forward ten years here?
:: The sweet happy smile of a one yr. old who, if left to her own devices will wander around the garden picking up tomatoes that are exactly the size to choke on.
:: Tomatilloes for Salsa Verde- delicious!
:: Weighing out tomatoes for Ketchup.
:: The colours of tomatoes in this basket make me happy.
:: Jars ready to hold the precious Ketchup.

Monday, September 23, 2013


N: being silly and glitter painting, she thought this photo was hilarious.
A: hanging out with her baby doll, a love hate relationship- she either kisses and hugs the doll- or tries to throw it in the garbage.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


A: picking ground cherries to snack on
N: drawing in the dirt, with summery dirty feet, one last time before fall.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Zinnias & Zanies

Loving these flowers this week-still keeping on into fall- and another two weeks of beautiful weather on the horizon. The bees are happy I think. My favorite part of a zinnia is the back of the flowers- is that part called the calyx? Reminds me of a flamenco dancer.

While I was taking the zinnia picture, N climbed into the stroller (while A was out of it), I put A in after for a joke- hilarity ensued, especially as I pushed them both up to the house in it.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Well- it's been a year since this cheeky monkey arrived on the scene- and I can't quite remember life before her- it must have seems so quiet with just N and I around the house. Baby A is not a baby anymore, she's a full blown charachter- has been always really, one to just put her head down and figure out the new skill, sitting, then standing then walking- boom-boom-boom. Now running all over- opening cupboard doors(that have handles on them that turn to lock- she's clever this one), taking out the dishes inside and stacking them up in the other room. Always putting on her sisters shoes- and then walking expertly in them despite them being inches too long for her, figuring out how to ask for what she wants with surprisingly clear grunts and hand gestures (she really has that dismissive hand wave down), getting and giving hugs, and kisses- mostly to N, but Mama and Dada sometimes get one too. Singing and Dancing, and playing recorders (seriously) and shakers too.

This kid is a dynamo- and very sweet to boot, Happy Birthday baby girl.

Sunday, September 8, 2013


N: always makes time to stop and smell the flowers
A: eating a ground cherry out in the garden, blurry I know- but I think it will evoke the memory of her out there- squirming out of her stroller, and wandering around in the dirt- tasting things.

Friday, September 6, 2013

this moment

"A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." - Amanda Blake Soule

In the garden : September 5

Okay- photos are light this week- but things feel crazy- and the batteries in the camera are dead. We've been harvesting from the garden a lot- and also making tomato sauce every day. so far we have 30 packages (of about 2 cups each) in the freezer, and the goal is 52 packs- one for each week- plus a little extra for incidentals. then we'll do salsa, and when the cherry tomatoes are ready (they're just starting) we'll do our oven dried tomatoes.

We also got a bushel of apples from our neighbor- so we've been peeling and slicing those guys- 7 bags in the freezer and still half a bushel left! The garden is till going strong- watermelons are getting ripe, and the baby smells like sweet juicy watermelon most days- her favorite food so far. The cantaloupe style melons we've got planted are turning too- slowly but surely- if we get another few weeks of warms we'll be good.
The sweet potatoes are flowering now too, and the Celeriac actually look like celeriac! The broccoli was ready this week- only a few stems but totally bug free- so our little covers have worked quite well.

We've also been devouring the tomatilloes, and the lemon apple cukes too, a few ground cherries are ripe, and we've been picking the strawberries still- strawberry milkshakes for dessert tonight!