Red, 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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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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“Benign Neglect”

Posted by mrssmythe on August 17, 2016 in Critters |

Pepper met this little guy on the back patio the other day. I was so glad to see a frog back in residence. I hadn’t seen any by the pond this summer, and it concerned me. When I tried to come up with a reason for their absence, I thought perhaps my overzealous gardening was to blame. Normally […]

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Around the Yard

Posted by mrssmythe on March 8, 2016 in Garden, Seasons |

Today was probably our warmest day so far. The girls and I threw open the windows, left our coats in the hall closet, and took a turn around the yard looking for signs of spring. We weren’t disappointed. It’s so nice to see fresh color in the yard. I had forgotten that spiderworts – which bloom purple in […]

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Reviving the Pond

Posted by mrssmythe on June 17, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

This was the year we were going to say goodbye to the pond. The fish did not survive the winter, the leaf litter at the bottom was disheartening, and our latest pump had finally died. CPT America was looking forward to draining the water, filling in the hole, and moving on. And then the water lilies started blooming. […]

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