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Not Just Flowers

Posted by mrssmythe on July 20, 2017 in Garden |

I was going to skip growing vegetables this year. Flowers are really my thing, and given the choice between feeding the body (with vegetables) and feeding the soul (with the beauty of flowers), the soul almost always wins out. But, this year, Ginger insisted. I couldn’t talk her out of it. So, to please her, […]

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Photographing Bees

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2017 in Critters, Garden, iPhone photography |

I’m finding that the best time to photograph bees is right after the rain. The bees are out, but they move much more slowly. They don’t seem to mind you sneaking up to take their pictures. They are, however, a bit bedraggled. Whenever I see this, I want to comb their “hair” for them. I […]

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This Week in the Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 13, 2017 in Garden |

A wild and wet week here in Western Massachusetts. The weather is not doing much to further my gardening plans. I have mulch that I’d like to spread. I have weeds that I’d like to pluck. I have a lawn that I’d like to mow…and all we’ve been seeing is rain. No, that’s no entirely true. […]

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A Lazy Fourth…plus Odds and Ends

Posted by mrssmythe on July 4, 2017 in Books, Cooking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

We’re enjoying a warm, lazy Fourth of July here in Western Massachusetts – nothing on the agenda besides hamburgers and the finishing touches on a room swap we started on Monday (vacuuming corners, putting books back on shelves, that sort of thing). The past week has been equally (and pleasantly) low-key. I finished and framed a […]

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Father’s Day Fun

Posted by mrssmythe on June 19, 2017 in Celebrations, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Week in Review |

Recently, we had snow of a different sort here in Western Massachusetts. It was cottonwood fluff season. There seems to have been more fluff than usual this year. Here, Pepper holds seeds from the “drifts” we found at the library. It’s also strawberry season. The plants on the porch are putting out some lovely fruit […]

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