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Red, and Purple, and Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by mrssmythe on September 20, 2017 in Baking, CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Lots of red in the landscape these days – from the crabapples in the grocery store parking lot… to the zinnias in the front yard… and the yarrow in the herb garden. The trees have yet to do much changing, but the maple in our side yard – always one of the first trees to […]

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Caterpillar Happenings and a Return to Knitting

Posted by mrssmythe on September 10, 2017 in Chickens, CPT's Lens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about caterpillars. We found a monarch caterpillar in the hydrangeas getting ready to spin its chrysalis about ten days ago. By the time we’d finished dinner, it had finished the job. Since then, it has weathered several rainstorms, and, despite it’s delicate appearance, seems to be incredibly strong. […]

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Labor Day in Old Wethersfield

Posted by mrssmythe on September 5, 2017 in Books, Garden, Out & About, Travel |

The girls are studying American history this year, and one of the books Ginger will be reading is The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Have you ever read that book? I’ve read it three times. I think it’s one of my favorites. The book is set in Wethersfield, Connecticut – a town less than an hour from where […]

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Last Week of Summer…First Week of School

Posted by mrssmythe on September 1, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Critters, Garden, Out & About, Seasons, Week in Review |

I went for a walk by myself yesterday. “By myself” meaning without the dogs. It felt strange…even a bit lonely. And I had to ask myself, “when did that happen? When did I become a ‘dog person’?” It was certainly easier to take pictures without a dog in tow, but even the neighbors asked where […]

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Pond Doings, a Rabbit, and Cosmos

Posted by mrssmythe on August 7, 2017 in Critters, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Last week was a great week for the pond. We had warm, sunny days and plenty of free afternoons for swimming. A huge “field” of water lilies sits just outside the main swimming area at the pond. Pepper and I swam over one afternoon to investigate and found that many of the lilies’ stems curl […]

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