Our first ripe tomato from our bucket (it’s pronounced “bouquet”) garden!

I hope you got my reference to Keeping Up Appearances!

It feels really good to finally have some time to relax after a hectic yet exciting two weeks. I can’t figure out how to make the summer seem like it’s lasting longer than it does. There’s so much to experience and enjoy, but when I do that the more quickly it flies by. I know I’m not alone with this, right?! Savoring it all and sharing it here on my blog with you feels like a good practice. So, I have good news to share about out tomatoes after a harrowing beginning during a very cold and wet spring. Continue reading “Our first ripe tomato from our bucket (it’s pronounced “bouquet”) garden!”

Our Garden is Recovering from the Incessant Rain!

After weeks of rain and below-normal temps our tomatoes looked sad and barely grew. Then they began to turn yellow and we wondered if we were going to lose them. But then this past weekend the cold, rainy spell ended! They are now standing taller and things are looking up! Continue reading “Our Garden is Recovering from the Incessant Rain!”

My Confirmation Gifts: A Holy Trinity of Roses!

From Wayne: “After Averyl’s confirmation ceremony at St Luke’s Cathedral her sponsor gave her a beautiful yellow rose bush in full bloom ready for planting.  The sight of those beautiful flowers got me thinking about what I could do to keep the memory and spirit of the ceremony fresh in our minds.” Continue reading “My Confirmation Gifts: A Holy Trinity of Roses!”

Field Trip: Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine 2016

The last time I went to the Maine Common Ground fair was about 20 years ago!

We were on the road at 6:30 a.m. for the close to two hour ride.
An old-timey gas station in a cute little town (I think Albion).
Lots of environmental activism at the fair. Please enlarge this to read about Poland Spring and Nestle. There’s some stuff going on about which few people outside of Maine are aware.
Live letterpress postcard printing demonstration.

Good crusty bread (that I can’t eat, bummer.)

This artisan makes peace signs from the wood and metal of wine barrels.

It wasn’t just pretty in this booth–it smelled heavenly.

More scents.

Some pro-hemp anti-Hillary dude.

Beautiful day!

I tried to explain to him/her that the paint probably contains lead but he/she kept on licking it.

Anyone could milk the goat. I passed.

A really big fork at the Ravioli truck.

Just one section of fair food. There were many.

Organic lamb kabobs! Yay! $12 for each kabob, boooo.


Native American doll making interactive demonstration.

Maine maple syrup, mmmm.

Adorable bonsai trees.

Herbal Revolution.

I wanted to bring home so many of the creative and beautiful things I saw today like the big rock planter in front.


Carrot educational display.

And squash.
This is hot Indian pudding sweetened with maple syrup and topped with whipped cream. My vintage Maine cookbooks are packed with recipes for it. I’ll have to try one this winter and post it here. It’s also naturally gluten-free since it’s made with cornmeal.

This was my favorite part of the fair where we got the perfect souvenir:

A tintype portrait of me and Wayne!