Posted in May 2012

More garden gifts

More garden gifts

The garden here continues to give us beautiful surprises. For months I wondered what the clumps of large, rumpled-edge leaves out front would be. For the answer, think Katherine Hepburn: “The calla lilies are in bloom.” These exotic-looking flowers seem to have lost their way from some tropical home, but I’m glad they are here … Continue reading

Strawberries, Asparagus, and …Yak?

Strawberries, Asparagus, and …Yak?

Yep, there was even a stall selling yak, elk, and buffalo meat. But most of the stalls – and there were dozens of them – at the Beaverton Farmers Market were selling plants, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, nut butters, honey, preserves, sausages, and all sorts of prepared foods. I especially liked the brick oven pizza … Continue reading

Is it just me, or…

Is it just me, or…

…is technology turning some of us into whining little brats? This tirade was triggered by an item in today’s Shelf Awareness, a daily newsletter of publishing and bookselling news. This one small paragraph announces a new iPhone app called ShelfLook described this way by the iTunes store: “Do you hate turning your neck sideways to … Continue reading

The Northern Rain Forest

The Northern Rain Forest

Last weekend we felt it was finally safe to visit Mt. Hood and get a closer look at this dormant volcano that always surprises me. You’re driving along and, bam! there’s a white peak sticking up on the horizon. Turn a corner in downtown Portland and there it is. It’s many miles away, but on … Continue reading

Another nice garden surprise

Another nice garden surprise

One of the delights of being in a new place is seeing what comes up in the garden. Some plants are familiar, like the regal irises that are about to burst into bloom out front. But in the back there have been surprises like the gigantic fern nestled beneath the noble fir – clearly that … Continue reading

The Baking Itch

Do you ever get the itch to just “make something?” In my case, if that “something” is not jewelry, it is most likely a baked thing. Tomorrow I get a shipment from King Arthur (the baker’s store in Vermont – wonderful place!) that will include some espresso powder and silicone pie crust edge protectors. I … Continue reading