"In the central portion of the great North American Continent there lies an arid and repulsive desert, which for many a long year served as a barrier against the advance of civilization. From the Sierra Nevada to Nebraska, and from the Yellowstone River in the north to the Colorado upon the south, is a region of desolation and silence." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Monday, September 7, 2020

Salsa in Progress!

With a potential frost looming, we figured it was time to get canning.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Garden Produces!

For a quick midsummer update, the garden is producing interesting and tasty things.

Elderflowers and elderberries (not ripe, but photogenic):

Somerset seedless grapes, turned into raisins for Christmas baking:

Painted serpent cucumber:

Luffa (actual fruits hidden in the vines):

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Dilly Dilly!

One of three Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillars feasting on our garden's self-seeding dill:

Monday, June 29, 2020

Small Green Visitors

A painted turtle made its way across the lawn, and occasionally got stuck in the garage:

Later, a white-lined sphinx caterpillar explored the driveway:

Monday, April 13, 2020

Easter Greetings!

We can always hope for a White Easter, and this year did not disappoint (except in quantity).

Also, our attempt at German Easter Sweet Bread was a photogenic and gastronomic success:

Bread in progress: