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    Finding The Lost Garden

      Fall is here and I’m still nursing an elbow injury that I got last April right before we moved to The Little Brick. My ideas for a summer of gardening had to be put aside. No serious digging, pruning or shovel work for me. So I took to the gardens and field with  my…

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    Painting Under the Sky

    WHEN YOU PACK UP your tubes of paint, brushes, fold up easel, and all the rest, you find out quickly what you forgot as you set up to paint outside on a summer day. When it’s hot and sunny I often forget my hat. Sunscreen sometimes too. (Luckily I paint with a group, so someone…

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    The Little Brick House on the Corner

    There is a little village near here where my family lives. My brother and his wife moved there in 1995, and this small town—with only a couple hundred residents—took them in. My parents bought a house around the corner from my brother in 2004, and also became active participants in this thriving small community. Two…

  • Grape Picking in a Vermont Vineyard

    I can already feel the indoor days creeping upon us. So a weekend outdoors among the vines was a welcome invitation. My brother began planting a vineyard for Red Horse winery six years ago, and this year was a bumper crop for the two white and one red variety of grapes planted on a sloping hillside looking…

  • October Fog

      October mornings—when not frosty—are usually adrift with fog in pocket valleys. This weekend marked the peak of color for autumn foliage and the mist and sun only amplified the treetops. I had a long drive from here to the Red Horse Winery to help pick La Crescent grapes on Friday morning. The fog was…

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    Good Morning Weekend

    Here’s a little weekend watercolor applied over an ink drawing I did awhile ago. It’s part of this collection if you’d like to see more. Wishing you a happy weekend and some creativity or exploring on your horizon. I am painting and sewing this morning, and then will be off to the village down the hill to help…

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    Late Summer Foraging

      Are you a forager? In spring I dig up ramps and cut fiddleheads. I love to find raspberries, blackberries and untended apple trees. But other than morels, which I can identify well, I’m a little timid to collect and eat mushrooms. The surprise of this week is the blooms of mushrooms we’ve found in…

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    Abandoned

    I drive by this alpine meadow near my house most days and see a shingled roof up there through the trees. I’ve been so curious about this cabin since glimpsing it for the first time last year. So a few weeks ago I was traveling past mid-morning on a weekday and I had my camera with…

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    Nöel

    Holiday Greetings from our hilltop valley. It is unseasonably warm, and when we walked this morning it felt like spring garden planting weather, not the season of candlelight, bayberry scent and eggnog by the fire. The woodland is so lush and green with moss and ferns that we imagined this is how Christmas is in the Pacific Northwest.…

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    Gudrun Friends Journal

    A few weeks ago I was invited to journal for a week as a friend of Gudrun Sjoden, the Swedish designer whose art, home and clothing lines epitomize everything I love about design. Her art is infused with color, pattern, whimsy, beauty, ethnicity and a nod toward history and place. Last week was a great week…