Fall Fun – and a Sister’s Visit

Posted by mrssmythe on November 5, 2017 in Baking, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Family, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

First off, I want to share this fun photo of CPT A, working on his computer in the backyard with the dogs. Since this was taken, we’ve lost all of those colorful leaves in the back woods. A wild storm came through on Halloween and knocked everything down. Much of our town was without power […]

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The Week in Review

Posted by mrssmythe on July 9, 2016 in Week in Review |

Some snippets from the past week… A kitchen garden we saw at Historic Deerfield while picnicking on the Fourth of July: Isn’t it lovely? So orderly. So tidy. So dog-proof. The chickens, enjoying watermelon we brought home from the same picnic: Pepper’s chickens love watermelon. They can strip a slice down to the rind in no time […]

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An Unexpected Watermelon

Posted by mrssmythe on October 10, 2015 in Garden |

Gardening has felt a bit like archaeology lately. Earlier this week, I was unearthing long-forgotten perennials from beneath the out-of-control catmint. And, just before that, I found a watermelon amongst the cosmos. Now where did that come from? I didn’t plant any watermelons this year! Years back, I tried to grow watermelons, but that was pretty much a […]

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Carrots and a Watermelon

Posted by mrssmythe on October 6, 2014 in Garden |

I spent part of the afternoon cleaning out the square foot garden today. Pepper and I planted assorted vegetables and flowers there in May, but I wasn’t as attentive to the plants as I ought to have been, and we had only mixed success. I even forgot we’d planted carrots. So, imagine my surprise, today, when […]

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