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Mammoth Pumpkins, Hugelkultur, and a Bit of Knitting (for fun)

Posted by mrssmythe on November 15, 2017 in Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

It’s traditional here in New England (and probably lots of other places as well) to set out a pumpkin or two on the porch steps in celebration of autumn. Historic Deerfield, though, takes it a step further. During a walk there with my sister, we saw plenty of porches just loaded with pumpkins. Some of the […]

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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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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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A New Hat, Geraniums, Chickens, and Old Navy

Posted by mrssmythe on November 21, 2016 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, libraries, Out & About, Seasons, Shopping, Week in Review |

I’m still chugging along on that sweater I told you about. The end is in sight, but, last Sunday, I took a break and grabbed a skein of Cozy Wool I’d bought on impulse at Michael’s. It was on sale. I think I paid $4. It was a great color – “Merlot” – and what really […]

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When Your Sister Visits New England…

Posted by mrssmythe on October 12, 2016 in Chickens, Critters, Family, Out & About, Seasons |

If your sister comes to New England (as mine did this past week), you’ll almost certainly want to show her a good time. You’ll want her to see all of the charming old homes, the foliage-packed back roads, the historic spots, and the fun shops. Of course, you can’t squeeze everything into just one visit, but you can make a […]

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