warm work, warm heart

new raised beds in March 2020

Temp today: High 42  Low 37

New raised vegetable beds went into production today. The work was warmed by an afternoon sun that felt exquisite. Coats off, scarf strewn across the carrot bed, winter-weary muscles pacing themselves in this new exertion. Spring embraces the earth and all who live here. How lovely.

dreaming of summer

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Temp today: High 34  Low 17

Blossoms Like Cardinals

Though the wind blows cold and the frozen earth offers little encouragement,
the end of February brings restless dreams of summer.
Is it the secret awakening sap within the trees,
that stirs one’s mind to thoughts of a verdant earth?
The Maine maples strain anew a burgeoning cambium,
and so too, the juices of the mind thaw to dream
of pale leaves unfolding,
of soft shoulders on loamy sun-warmed hillsides,
of the fresh raw green press of unhurried hostas.
Though, yes, there is maple syrup now to make,
the rhododendron blossoms all still resemble cardinals.

 

snow day

snow sculpture 1 jan 2020Temp today: High 34  Low 8

It’s cozy inside as new snow blankets the day. Today at Fox Cottage the snow is falling gently, lightly, steadily. It ladens the pine branches, tufting along every stone wall and shrub. The sense of peace is broken only by the town snow-plows as they rumble along our frontage road.

maine autumn: time for projects

buildingrustic fence oct 2019

Temp today: High 58  Low 48

Autumn is the best time for outdoor projects around the property. Building rustic brush fences – excellent good fun. After tree branches are downed by the autumn winds and rain, enough are at hand for starting the series of rustic brush fences across the frontage this week. The hardwood stake uprights will age to a lovely grey tone. It’s a never-ending fence build – lovely and natural. The one in the photo above is just getting started. Trees have happily donated lots of branches this week.

 

bird lovers paradise

bebe of the jungle 2019

Temp today: High 60  Low 41

It was early last Autumn 2018 and things were strangely silent. No bird song, no sound of crickets, nor frogs – it seemed not a single wild being was living on our new acres. Pesticides had done their worst and left our new land lifeless and silent.

Time for action: a bird feeder was set up, throughout 2019 organic gardens were developed with clean soil, flowering plants for pollinators were added all around, and no toxic spraying of any sort allowed.

As the months passed, success was marked in many subtle ways: tiny wild strawberries appeared in the lawn attracting birds, crickets appeared, frogs and toads found homes in the garden beds. The birds came to inspect things. And then more and more returned, seeing that this is now a safe and healthy place for their lives.

Now, every day resounds with the voices of many birds. On the property, life rebounding.

mid-August harvest

veggies august 2019

Temp today: High 75 Low 58

Here we are in mid-August already! The veggie garden is offering up fun little Scarlet Nantes carrots, very sweet and tender, and very oddly shaped cukes right now. (Actually this cuke is the only normal looking one.) There are also beans, beets, lettuces of all sorts. All organic, of course, and available for our guests to pick for their dinners.