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late august (what?)

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With August almost over, I’m feeling that familiar urgency to squeeze in all the things that haven’t yet been done by summer’s end. There is still so much! But mostly, painting the fascia on our house and camping are 2 things I thought I’d have done by now. Painting is not my favorite thing… It will be a miracle if I get it done. Camping IS my favorite thing, but the last month or 2 has been pretty rockin in the shop. After a slow spring and early summer, I’ve appreciated the business immensely, but it’s also made it hard to get out of here for more than a day at a time. Over the years we tend to do most of our summer travel in September, after the crowds have gone home. It’s quieter, the air is gentler and it stretches summer out a little bit longer. I’m hoping the weather holds for us.

These days we are focused on processing the abundance of fresh fruit and veg. Steven got out of bed this morning, passed through the kitchen into the living room and joked to me, “Where’s the kitchen? I can’t find it?” There is hardly a space on the counter right now, and it’s lucky we dine outside all the time, because our dining table is pretty full as well. I kind of love it, even if it feels a little claustrophobic sometimes.

This week I’m roasting plums and tomatoes, making blueberry jam, reading about cheese making (a favorite treat right now is toasted sourdough with ricotta and peach butter. Oh!), drying calendula flowers and herbs, and beginning to save seeds.

Summer here has been pretty sweet, and we’ve had ample opportunity to swim and have campfires in the yard. And when I am feeling bummed we can’t take off on a road trip just yet, we camp out in the backyard. Falling asleep to the sound of crickets and the feel of the night air around us is pretty nice, where ever you are. We woke up one morning to a little fawn galloping around the yard, and came so close to our tent it was jumping over the stakes. Can’t say I’ve ever had that happen, even in the middle of the wilderness!

I hope you all are feeling content with where you’re at, where ever it might be. xo

backyard berries

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and a blueberry peach galette made with someone else’s backyard berries.

This morning I was surprised to find one of our older blueberry bushes covered in perfectly ripened berries. I had quit checking on these particular bushes, as the birds usually hit them pretty hard by now.

And then I discovered the huckleberries, and the insanely fragrant blackberries. And I even picked a few salal.

early summer garden

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It’s crazy how fast things are changing in the garden right now. Zucchinis are growing inches in days, eggplants and peppers are suddenly sprouting many little baby fruits, peas are going nuts, cucumbers seem to be magically appearing every day, tomatoes are starting to show a flush of color and new seeds are germinating with ease. I am always in awe, come July, at the rate of growth and change out there, but this July seems truly exceptional.

I have to keep reminding myself that summer has just begun (thankfully! please stay forever!), as by pure observation there are so many signs that it’s late summer.

We are eating more and more garden based meals. Most meals include lots of greens, fresh herbs and snap peas, and more recently,¬† garden tacos and burritos have been a favorite… taco shells or tortillas filled with fava beans and zucchini, roasted with last years tomatoes and topped with¬† greens and herbs, pesto, feta, avocado – so fresh and delicious! I think we might have frozen tomatoes up until we start harvesting this year, which is pretty satisfying. Somehow we made the pesto last as well, which is hard to imagine. I think having forgotten about it for a most of the winter helped.

The photos above span the last couple weeks, with the majority of them taken on July 9. This week I am thinking about what to start doing with cucumbers, and will make my first batch of pesto.

And I think it’s almost time for a zucchini crust pizza.

 

What’s happening in your garden where you’re at right now? I wonder if a lot of west coast folks are ahead of a typical year, and northeast coast folks a little behind?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pure life

A slice of my own bit of heaven on earth.

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red huckleberries

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discovering duck's foot / inside out flower

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A quake of adventure, on a slippery, mossy, rocky ledge, where in a moment of tricky footing my pack nearly rolled into the depth of icy water below.

An invitation to let go, and merge with the roar of the waterfall and lushness enveloping us.

A chance to tune in, delve a little deeper, and forget the rest of the world for a while.

The space to have fun, and frolic with the wild freedom of pure life.

The fullness of the sigh that comes with the nourishment of the self.

weekend

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Have a great weekend! It’s been raining here for a couple days – finally enough to provide a true, quenching soak after a very dry spring. It’s supposed to clear up just in time for my birthday this weekend, and I’m looking forward to a trip up the river for swimming, hiking, sunning, eating, drinking and celebrating life and the season of summer.

A few small summer treats:

Beautiful, quick dry linen towels (for all year long)

We recently purchased one of these

And I really want to make a batch of these

And lastly, just in the shop, a new beach bag

Enjoy this last weekend of June xo

 

 

 

finishing what I started

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I’ve been working on finishing up all the odd unfinished projects laying around in the studio. These things above are a few of them (you can click the images to learn more).

Years ago, I had a terrible habit of starting things and never finishing them. I worked really hard to break that habit, and I did. I kicked it pretty well, and really, I think I became a different and better person because of that! But sometimes, there are those things that that still get put aside I guess.

To me it is super satisfying to see a work in progress finally come to life, no matter how great or small.

summertime

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Happy solstice! This is the only photo I took today (well, okay 4 or 5 of about the same), sneaked from the kitchen window after running inside to get some scissors. I love sneaking photos of him :)

Without really even intending to, I think we milked this longest day of the year for all it was going to offer. We spent the entire day outside; planting, transplanting, weeding, watering, cleaning windows and eaves and just generally blissing out on sunshine. I can’t believe it’s already officially summer. I’m going to do my best to live it to it’s fullest!

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