Thursday, May 9, 2013


Blooming Forest

The world all around us is coming alive.  Amabel came in this morning saying, "It smells so good outside.  Mama, you have to come out and just smell."  

Today we finished listening to The Secret Garden as an audiobook—and what wonderful timing.  Amabel and I were amazed to learn that the story was written over 100 years ago.  It is truly a timeless classic.  I love Dicken's use of the Yorkshire word "wick" to tell Mary that the garden is still alive and well.  I keep thinking of his words as I look about me this week.  Mary, Dicken, and Colin have inspired us to spend even more time in our garden!


Meadow Grass

Under Cover

This is our first year sheet mulching, permaculture style.  I have to admit that I was skeptical last fall when Jeffrey and I were putting down the layers . . . but after pulling back the mulch to plant our first kale and cabbage starts this week—I'm sold on the method!  The soil underneath the was moist and teeming with worms.  And the bed is nearly weed free.  Brilliant.

Apricot Blossoms

Our apricot tree is blooming!  Last year it was little more than a twig.  I'm not sure if we'll actually get any apricots this summer, but the scent of the blooms is enough to make me dream.


Our rows of garlic are growing; trays of baby plants are thriving; and the chicks are getting bigger every day.



And, to my great delight, the girls brought in the very first bouquet of the season!  So very much to be grateful for this week.

First Bouquet

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