Thursday, August 21, 2014


One afternoon spent building primitive shelters.
An adult could lay down in this one.

Blends in so well - can't tell how big it is from the back.

Working on a second one.

shelling popcorn we grew

The grapes at Granddaddy's house - loaded this year.
This is a cutting grown from his grandmother's grapevine!

The 'barn star' I'm still working on for the shop in Wildwood.  It's a 4x4.  I think I'm gonna do the star right in the center red.  Whatcha think?

We spent 3 weeks in Wildwood over the summer & during that time 'went swimmin at the creek' many times.  Every afternoon would have been fine with the kids.  On cloudy days they'd get out shaking & ask Bobby (our cousin who lives on the creek) to build them a fire.

She takes this job very seriously & is completely insulted if I have any carrots or potatoes that I don't ask her to peel.  She's does a fine job of it too.

Levi's first day of school.  Indi had to squeeze in for a 'cheese'.

Windfall pears - 18 pounds.  And heaps more on the trees.

The pimento peppers that ripened during the one last week I was in Wildwood.
Now chopped and frozen away for winter.
This was a gift seed pack from Seed Savers & I will grow them again - extremely prolific.

This is Indi's new little look lately - right before she says something hilarious.

I'm in love with these blond curls by the way.

We've got a banana tree - this is the first time to cut the leaves & wrap fish & steam it.  Really good.

Friday, July 18, 2014

the weekend before Joe's 39th birthday

in the garden

a little of each
indigo rose, moonglow, yellow cherry, gold metal, cherokee purple, and dester
plus a few okra

each day we try to have a little 'art time'
for a few days it was 'watercolors'

The Wake of a Beehive
it's dead, collapsed
died while I was in Wildwood
here all the scavenger honeybees arrive and take
we scooted right up close & occasionally got whacked
in the head by a heavily-ladened departing bee
totally non-aggressive
they're just here to steal

helping her set her arrow on her bow
learning a split-finger hold

kept vigil with the corpse till sundown

waiting on the boilin' pot

one gourd plant
the largest I've ever seen
it's roots are in the old compost pile & under the chicken coop
hundreds of feet of vines and many gourds
and it's only July
this thing will grow until the killing freeze in November

mexican sunflowers, zinnias, & 15 pepper plants up front

purple basil
which really no one will eat
except me sometimes
I've found it is a really great filler for cut flower arrangements

lush Anasazi beans

anise hyssop
which I started all from seed
the bees and wasps LOVE LOVE LOVE it
I do too
a bit from it each time I'm near it

rosemary    purple coneflowers


Indigo Rose
nearly black on the top
and orange on the bottom when ripe

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Santa Fe School of Cooking's Fresh Tomato Salsa

This is my go-to fresh salsa, that's being made several times a week now out of garden picked tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  It's out of the "Santa Fe School of Cooking" cookbook.

"Before the opening of the Santa Fe School of Cooking in December 1989, Bill Weiland, a local Santa Fe chef, was hired to help develop the first few recipes for the school.  Susan Curtis, her husband David, and Bill congregated to test and taste a number of recipes.  This "basic" fresh tomato salsa is one of the first recipes used at the school and is still very popular.  Serve this salsa with chips or on tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas."

4 to 5 plum tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed
2 serrano chiles, finely chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
3 tablesppon coarsely chopped fresh cilantr
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice or cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
salt to taste

Mix all.  Let the mixture six for 20 minutes to meld the flavors.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blackwater River trip

We just finished up a three day canoe trip on the Blackwater River.  The headwaters of this river are in the Conecuh National Forest in Alabama, then flows directly into the Blackwater River State Forest in Florida - making it one of the cleanest rivers in the nation.  "Blackwater River State Forest is known for its longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem, which, in combination with the Conecuh National Forest to the north and Eglin Air Force Base to the south, is the largest contiguous ecological community of this type in the world."

Great trip with few other people on the water.  Lots of swimming & fishing.

up top at the put-in

Great pic of Levi!
Notice as we go along the river gets larger - here at the top it is smaller and shallow.  It is a sand bottomed river with tea-colored water.

big sandbars around every bend

A break for a swim and a drink.

A quick shelter made for a passing thunderstorm (thank you Joe) - brought my knitting so passing the time with a few rows.

Bluff along the river with a stand of Longleaf pines.  Levi fishing out of the boat.

My view for most of the trip - Joe ahead with Levi, and Indigo in the front of my boat.  The kids switched some, but mostly stayed this way.  All along the way little feeder streams add to the river - this is toward the end of the trip where the river is much wider and deeper.  My favorite part was the first half - smaller, more intimate, and shallow.