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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!

June 20 in the garden

 

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Today was the first day I felt that well of excitement that comes with the anticipation of days of full, real garden harvests. The fruiting plants all had quite a growth spurt last week and I’m seeing a lot of tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers forming.

So far this spring we’ve been eating plenty of rocket (one of my favorites and luckily it’s doing so well this year!), arugula (which is starting to bolt pretty quickly now), lettuces, kale and cilantro. The past week or so we’ve been enjoying artichokes, and are just now starting to be able to crunch away freely on sugar snap peas.The fava beans are filling out, and I think it won’t be long now til I’ll be able to start really picking. We discovered our love for favas last year and couldn’t get enough of them.

The crows have been helping themselves to the cherries this year, but they’ve been nice enough to let us get to at least a few handfuls. And the first few blueberry clusters are ripening.

Today I planted more seeds, filling in every nook and cranny of space that was left – parsnips, carrots, beans, spinach, more cilantro, more zucchini. I don’t think it’s too late (or in some cases not too early either I hope).

Still dealing with aphids on some of my kale plants. Strangely, it’s the only plant that seems to be a target. After pulling last year’s kale plants I thought I might have a fresh start, aphid-free.

The eggplant leaves have been getting chewed by flea beetles. This is the first time I’ve ever dealt with flea beetles. They’ve been few enough that it’s been manageable, and luckily their only interest has been the eggplant. Picky eaters, these bugs are. And the basil has had something chewing it’s leaves, but no matter how much I inspected, I never seemed to find anything – until one night last week I found a bunch of earwigs on the plants! To my surprise, it turns out they feed on many types of plants. Those creepers of the night.

I’d love to know what’s happening in your garden, if anyone wants to share.

 

 

 

keeping in touch

 

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These days I sit down to blog, and I’m simultaneously flooded with things I’d like to write about, and stumped at what to say at all. Most simply though, I feel I’d like to start recording my seasonal observations again. Every now and then I find myself wondering about something from a past year – like, “when were the cherries ready last year? It seems so early.” … “what did the tomatoes look like at this time last year?” … “when was our first baby deer sighting last June?” … “It hasn’t rained in weeks. Last June I think I was dealing with drowned cucumber plants from all the heavy rainfall.”  I used to record all kinds of observations, and have found that I really appreciate the reference as time passes. And on a greater scale, there is no doubt we’re experiencing worldwide climatic changes and I think it’s import to be actively aware and a part of what’s happening around us.

Every once in a while I go through a tough spot where I feel so sad by what’s happening in the world. So much war and human sickness. Sickness of consciousness. Disconnection from, and loss of love for life. The world can seem so broken and people can seem so shut down, disconnected, out of touch. Yesterday I was driving home from the post office, and “where is the love” started playing, and the tears just started pouring! I was a little surprised at myself, but when my sensitivities are turned up, it is easy to look anywhere and see an unnecessary, human-inflicted hardship on the land, the animals and on each other.

On a sweeter note (and possibly what stirred some of this up), in stark contrast to the complicated world we are in, last week we witnessed a new little life enter this world – a  perfectly uncomplicated birth of a baby fawn right in our yard. It felt like time stopped for that day in this bubble of safe space, and every creature around seemed to sync with this event. I’ll try to share more of it soon. It was, and has been – as we see glimpses of these 2 settle into the world together, been truly amazing.

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A few more hours this evening and then it’s  time to put the week’s work aside for a bit, and slide into an easier pace. I’m looking forward to upping my guitar practice with a new app Steven found, tinkering in my garden and meeting up with some old friends. And if this crazy (!) wind calms down, we’ve got campfire cooking on our list. It’s been so summery and beautiful (and windy) out.

Also, I’ve been thinking about deliberate acts of random kindness, and how I could make them more a part of my life. Have you done any that stood out lately? This world is sure needing more gentle kindness.

 

ritual

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Every morning, upon rising, I prepare our morning cups of coffee. It’s a task I have always done for us, and love to do. There is a consistency and sureness in this daily ritual that I appreciate so much. Sometimes I am already looking forward to the following morning before the day has even ended. It’s our time to gently wake up together, and emerge into the day. And of course, enjoy the magic that is espresso.

Fun little fact: We first laid eyes on each other at a cafe, where I was the barista. I have been his coffee girl ever since :)

 

 

 

 

 

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