---crafting a rural spirit---

Friday, July 3, 2015

days filled with...

working on the wedding dress...
  • a visit from Ben and Gretta
  • celebrating Batman's birthday
  • rain, rain and more rain
  • celebrating the 8th anniversary of finding our "bit of earth"
  • a day trip to the Vermont Quilt Festival
  • a house full of our favorite Swedes
  • sewing a muslin of the wedding dress, and adjusting and adjusting...
  • sunshine, finally, with two loads of laundry, dried on the line
  • greens and herbs from the garden to the kitchen
  • a long suffering kitty, with a new protocol that seems to be helping
  • real and final house reno plans and a contract, awaiting a careful reading, and then ready to go the week after the wedding. (eeeep!)
  • watching "our" doe and this year's fawn, grazing in the meadow (please leave the apple trees alone...)
  • sighting what we think may be a kestrel, hovering over the meadow...such a gorgeous bird 
If you would like to savor summer in the company of kindred spirits, check this out.  Anne of My Giant Strawberry has organized a lovely project for the month of July. (I fear I will barely make it through the summer with my brain intact, so I plan to pop in and visit the fun when I'm able).

If you'd like ideas for what to do with garlic scapes (like my buddy Sharoncheck out these ideas.

Do you have plans for this weekend? I am leaving Batman to tend the place while my Mumsie and I attend a very special social occasion on Sunday. More later. :-)

Sunday, June 28, 2015


first batch, cut before the drenching rain. garlic scapes. fresh and local and so, so satisfying. and beautiful.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


the human condition all boils down to this...
fear vs love.
choose love, every time.

thank you, supreme court.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

june musings

The internet and snail mail collided earlier this spring. My friend Sharon who keeps the blog SallyMomSprouts kindly sent me a packet of spinach seeds she had saved from her gardens in Wisconsin. We planted them here in Vermont. Last week we enjoyed a delicious spinach salad, and I marveled at the connections we create with one another these days. I've never met Sharon in person, (in fact, I "met" her via real life friend Judy) but there we were, eating a fresh salad due to Sharon's thoughtfulness.  I follow her daughter Anne's blog as well. You can find Anne's lovely artwork and musings at My Giant Strawberry.

Instagram is another fun way to build a sense of community (with folks you may never meet!) Last night three consecutive photos in my feed were of the same gorgeous sunset here in Vermont, taken from three different vantage points all over the state. It was quite wonderful.

Real life here at a bit of earth is certainly full these days, with plenty of wedding prep going on. Last night we looked for the Northern Lights, but did not see them. Instead, the brilliant Milky Way arched over the sky as lightning bugs danced in the meadows. Wrapped in a quilt against the midnight breeze, I was again filled with gratitude for this dream-come-true, this magic, this life of ours. 

Sending you midsummer light and love, dear friends.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

sewing buttercup meadows

sometimes the news is filled with soul-sucking sadness
and the best prescription for the numbing pain
is some sewing therapy.

thank you vermont meadows,
thank you buttercups,
thank you lotta jansdotter fabric,
thank you bernina,
for this perfect collision.

(do you remember princess buttercup
 from the princess bride?)

our summer table has eight new napkins,
four of each print.
remember the old story that if you held a buttercup under
someone's chin you could see if they liked butter?
Love don't care
if you're wrong or right
Love don't know if
you're black or white
Love ain't looking
for perfection
Love's the answer,
love's the question.

-from The Horseshoe Man
by Neil Young

sending some light and love to charleston

Saturday, June 13, 2015

triptych 19

rhubarb from the gardens.
fresh mint from the co-op.
dried rose buds from mountain rose herbs.
raw honey from northwoods apiary.
recipe from amy chaplin's amazing book.

exquisite rhubarb rose infusion.
i wish this was a "scratch and sniff" post.

we were lucky enough to have birthday girl lindsey and her guy scott
with us here in vermont last night and part of today.
she sparkles these days,
'cause she is on the brink of a new adventure.
such an age.
so much to offer the world.
blessed to be her marmie.