Tree Season

April 28, 2012

Every year my family plants well over 100 trees – some at our farm (we’re reclaiming a field that was cleared for haying many many years ago), more at Mom and Dad’s property north of Annan, more at our house in Kemble. It’s a grand feeling, to pick up these wee treasures at the Grey […]

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Snow in April

April 24, 2012

I Love it! Here’s my friend Lynda’s picture of 1.5 feet of wet snow in Chatsworth, where they cancelled the school buses this morning. That’s 15 miles from here. One of the reasons we all live here is that WE NEVER KNOW WHAT’S COMING! And we’re better for it. Life is NEVER dull.

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Reflections in Cordwood

April 20, 2012

It’s as good a time as any for reflection. 6am, still dark outside in the northern hemisphere. I sit at the downstairs table beside a pinging wood stove.  It’s beaming heat onto the cat, who’s a puddle of contentment. We began this house project in 2006 with the enthusiasm and energy of young saplings reaching […]

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Mother Milk Snake

May 8, 2011

As a child I was terrified of snakes. Now I love them. The other side of the same fascination perhaps? We live right beside an old quarry, which garter snakes love. Last weekend though, this lady graced us with her presence.  she may have come to hunt garters, or mice, which we have in abundance. […]

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First love

March 18, 2011

We had a fabulous time, the six of us, last night at the first cello class. How marvelous, to see women who have never played any instrument pick up a cello and make it sing!!

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Ship

January 16, 2011

she docked beside our building all winter last year- I shot these then. every time I passed her I sensed immense strength, impossible age, and exhaustion. Turns out the sailors call her the ‘salt-pig’. She’s the oldest ship in the fleet, and she’s being eaten from the inside out by the road salt she’s carried […]

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Shovel

January 15, 2011

To scoop heavy-large and with force.  To cleave and lever out.  To carry no-spill pile and deposit.  To lift out and back-twist shoulder-throw distribute over longtime partner.  To winter/rain store safe for not-rust.  If not/inevitable, to handle-rot remove and wire-string. To hang on paint-plaster wall, rust-mortared Beauty-Friend.

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