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The Tyranny of Speed

I was walking Max and Berkley on a country road in Roanoke a few years ago when I came across an abandoned cemetery in which were growing, quite abundantly, clumps of iris. BH was dispatched to dig a few rhizomes out of the concrete-hard … Continue reading

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A Morning With Jocelyn

My very occasional housekeeper, Margarita, appeared yesterday with her “tail.” That’s how Mexican people refer to their trailing children, she explained, and with spring break upon us, the tail meant a visit from ten-year old Jocelyn. I first got to … Continue reading

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Monthly Photo Challenge: Ice in the Wheelbarrow

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” we like to complain during Virginia’s steamy, sultry summers. Well, it’s February and “it’s not the cold, it’s the wind.” It’s cold all right, but it’s the biting, bitter cold gales that are … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: New

Patience is a virtue, we gardeners remind ourselves. Nothing tests that quality like the installation of a new garden: Taking on a one-hundred year old house means learning to love renovations. Or at least accept them. The challenge is not … Continue reading

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Thank You

No metaphysician ever felt the deficiency of language so much as the grateful.           Caleb C. Colton Many thanks to each and every one of you who has reached out to me since Berkley’s death. Please … Continue reading

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Hyacinth Bean Tales

A word from my beloved Beverley Nichols: Long experience has taught me that whereas people will take advice about love, and about money, and about nearly all the problems which beset us in life, they will scarcely ever take advice … Continue reading

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Potting Shed Finale: The Budget Version

We have a difference of opinion, husband and I.  I say when we redeem our credit card points on a snazzy, bright orange Home Depot gift card, the plants subsequently hauled home are “free.” He disagrees, bringing up the logical, but … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Time for another Weekly Photo Challenge. This week the prompt is “fray.” Fray. Hmmmm, that’s a tough one. As usual when stumped, I default to my garden which never seems to let me down. Here, the frayed seed heads of the … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

This week, share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials, as in these images, or with man-made objects. Click here for more. Texture. If there’s one place texture abounds around this old house, it’s in the … Continue reading

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Order in the House?

You know how sometimes, especially after returning from a trip,  you just have so much to do that you don’t know where to start? The mountains of laundry, stacks of mail, and piles of other odious obligations can seem overwhelming. But I … Continue reading

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