Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

shed red, pear/apple blush and hollyhock pink

Dearest readers, it was such a treat to hear from so many of you the other day. Truly. Thank you for your comments filled with good cheer. I am blessed by your best wishes.

As you can see, I've finished stitching Miss Maggie and I had fun showing her around our "bit of earth" today, as the sun was shining and the breezes were drying the laundry on the line. (I am wearing jeans, as it is 61 degrees here today. I know. Heavenly). 

The clump of day lilies that Batman transplanted by the shed are very happy, tucked under the overhang, yet watered by the drippings off the metal roof. 

The pear and apple trees are beginning to fruit, and it is their promise that has me hoping for the sauce, pear tarts, treats from our very own yard. Hollyhocks, the seedlings a gift from our friend Gary, are blooming and the bees are intoxicated with their pollen. The cherry tomatoes are big enough to stake, the lettuce is coming on strong and you can watch the wax beans and sunflowers grow by the minute. The pumpkin plants are blossoming and now I am dreaming of far off pies, infused with cloves and nutmeg and cinnamon.

The Swedes are coming soon, and the house will be filled with the buzz of family, food and love, for just a little bit. But some is so much better than none. 

Sending you best wishes from our little slice of heaven here in central Vermont.


  1. Congratulations on finishing Miss Maggie. She is adorable!

  2. Thanks for this heavenly post, Karen!
    Sending blessings and love from my little Garden of Eden in The Netherlands.


  3. Love the idea of color themed photo blogs. Will have to try something similar soon. Looks like your bit of earth is indeed a slice of heaven. Cheers.

  4. Your Miss maggie is just a sweetie. Thanks for the lovely pictures and love from rural france

  5. Such lovely views of your bit of earth, made even lovelier by Miss Maggie! I just love hollyhocks - perhaps I should plant some!
    So happy to see you enjoying the beauty of your fertile oasis! xo

  6. Miss Maggie is delightful and so is your garden! x