The Darwin Garden

Mother Nature has a way of humbling us all. This year we thought we had the garden all figured out. We purchased a lot of heritage and heirloom seeds. We created a very logical garden plan for our deer-fenced 30’x20′ raised bed veggie garden. We added organic soil and compost. The books about companion planting…

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The Life-Saving Bubble

So these are the friends who have saved each other from depression, misery, and frozen TV dinners during the pandemic. At the very beginning of the Covid 19 lockdown in the early spring of 2020 we took turns meeting in front of our homes, shivering in the chill wind with glasses of wine in gloved…

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Cooking From The August Garden

Here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve had several heat waves this summer. The fires burning in Canada and throughout the west have also impacted our air quality, so no one is running around outdoors the way we usually do. Nevertheless, our orchards and gardens have continued to produce, so using this time in our kitchens…

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A Summer Afternoon

Henry James had it right when he said, and I’m probably paraphrasing here, “The most beautiful words in the English language, a summer afternoon, a summer afternoon.” How many of them have we allowed to slip by year after year while we’ve toiled to pay for the homes and gardens we never take the time…

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August On Whidbey Island

A thunderstorm came and went yesterday, quite literally in a flash. Neighbors met in the street as they stepped out of their homes to feel the few drops of rain and to smell the iron in the air. It’s a rare treat here in the summer. You can see the storm brewing in the sky…

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Music Meets Murder

Yes, Althea Stewart, our favorite musician, hostess, amateur psychologist, and sleuth plays the viola. The viola, you say? Not the violin? Well, of course she plays the violin as well, has her undergrad degree from Conservatory in it as a matter of fact, but it’s the viola that won her heart many years ago. She’d…

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