8.25.2012

Shadows of Late Summer

I knew the summer was starting to fade when I went to take my usual morning walk to the garden, the shadows hung long and ghoulish down the hill and into the woods. It was a day I knew was coming...but hadn't been prepared for.


So hard to think about tearing out what has been such a big part of summer.



So hard to think about saying good-bye...or perhaps farewell to the bees and hummingbirds...or the catbird who perches on the fence and cries like a baby....



So hard to think that the lush green lawn, the same one that was brown and crunchy during July's drought, will fade to yellow yet again....


....so hard to see the blossom laden hydrangea start to blush pink around the edges...a hushed whisper of the seasonal change....


I photograph the zinnias and butterflies with a newfound eagerness...


...wanting to capture the vibrance of their colors, their movement, their mystery...


..I play artist, designer, mother, naturalist....


.... with a  furvent need...almost a desperation...


...wishing I could somehow change Mother Nature's plan....


....yet knowing the inevitable is perched on a branch higher than the woods....

I will embrace the changes as best I know how...the same way I have for (almost ) 47 years. Sorrow building up in my heart for what we are losing...but joy unfolding as nature delivers the next adventure.




8.24.2012

Rustic Handcrafted Artwork

I've recently been searching for some different artwork, and I came across Pamela Joyce Designs in Catula, Georgia.  The shop's owner, Pamela Smith handcrafts from the heart. Her personalized artwork reflects a desire for handcrafted goods that relay sentimental or heartfelt, meaningful messages.

Perfect for a beach house.

Great anniversary gift.

This piece is massive and would make a statement on a kitchen, bedroom or dining room wall.

Perfect in a shabby chic bedroom

Check out Pamela's blog as well. She is a true artist, crafting pieces that we will keep for a lifetime.

8.21.2012

Photo Book of Our Garden

We made a photo book of our garden today...thinking it would be nice to be able to look back, compare from year to year, etc.... Plus they are having a sale (up to 40% off til August 22, 2012)) on photo books. I also had a code for an extra $10 off (extra10)....and free shipping over $30 (ship30)...bringing the 75.00 12 x 12 book down to 30 someodd dollars shipped. Well worth it.

I installed the iphoto loader that they offer, and it made my job 10x faster than it has been in the past. (for all of you Apple users :)Very helpful.

If you are like me, then allow plenty of time to sit down , be picky, and make sure you edit! (I started criticizing my tense choices...the teacher in me).




Create a gorgeous, high quality wedding photo album at Shutterfly.com.

Disclosure: If I email a link to this post to Shutterfly, they will give me $10 towards a future purchase! I didn't find this out until checkout when it asked if I wanted to share. So if you blog and make a book, you will (I'm assuming) get the same offer :)

8.12.2012

From Mystery to Big Max


Hmmmm...we thought...mystery plant..looks like a crookneck squash...but the stem looks odd....




Something took a little chunk from it...our enemy the groundhog perhaps....


Wow, this is definitely not a summer squash...maybe a hubbard?.....



After much research....we were WAY off base....it's a pumpkin.....

 ....but not just ANY pumpkin...a Big Max Pumpkin....you know those gigantic use a crane to hoist it into the nearest farm vehicle and drive to a fair where Wilbur and Charlotte might be hanging out kind of pumpkin....

We are VERY excited. 


The kids think this is very cool. Me too. :)


It grew 3 inches in the last 2 days.


We'll keep you posted on Max's growth. 
He promises to be one GIGANTIC dude.

8.08.2012

Dreams of a Childhood Garden

When I was a child I had a flower garden...a nice rectangular patch behind the garage where my father's black VW Bug had been parked.  I grew marigolds around the edge, and planted sticky blossomed day-glo petunias. The velvety magenta coleus was knee high.


I plucked the worn yellow blossoms from the marigolds, and gently pulled each weed.


I watered with a tin Holly Hobbie watering can....lovingly tending my surrogate baby dolls....


I'd like to say I nourished my garden; however, truthfully, I think it nourished me.



From the mid 1970's until now, I have always found a space for a garden. In planters, in small patches behind my first rental, on the windowsill of my classroom....

I am blessed to have a large, productive garden, and a family to share it with.



I still find peace and tranquility in the garden. It shows me hope....restores my spirit......

....brings me back to the patch behind the garage.

8.05.2012

A Great Summer Lunch from the Garden





Cucumber and Zucchini Panzanella
2 large English cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut int 1/4-inch rounds
2 medium zucchini, sliced as thinly as possible, preferably on a mandoline( I used summer squash)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced paper thin
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar, or less to taste
20 fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound day-old crusty, peasant-style whole-grain bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 6 cups)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Combine the cucumbers, zucchini and onions in a large salad bowl. Add the oil, vinegar and half of the basil. Season with salt and pepper, and allow to stand at room temperature.
Place the bread cubes on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes, until warm and toaste but not hard.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven, and toss the toasted bread cubes into the bowl of vegetables. Add the remaining basil, stir gently to mix, and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 8-10 servings as a side dish.
From “Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals – From My Home to Yours” by Mario Batali

This is a great summer read! We checked it out from the library, but I know we will purchase...so many great recipes.


8.03.2012

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