The scent of lemon verbena

Can you remember the scent of lemon verbena  .... extraordinary and unique, released crushed as I gather the dried leaves ... I will have tisanes of vervaine ..and the pleasure of running my fingers through the gloriously scented leaves - until the delicate shrub revives outside in the sunshine and warm rains next May.

Can you remember the scent of lemon verbena  .... extraordinary and unique, released crushed as I gather the dried leaves ... I will have tisanes of vervaine ..and the pleasure of running my fingers through the gloriously scented leaves - until the delicate shrub revives outside in the sunshine and warm rains next May.

Rowing in November

Mild southerly air on Valentine Creek. Sunday 30 November, 50 degrees Fahrenheit already at 10 am. An easy row around the creek - check Lark's moorings, cover .... so good to stretch, dip, pull, pause .... listen to faint bird calls ...and the splash and drip of the water, chuckling along Lark's sides .....

Mild southerly air on Valentine Creek. Sunday 30 November, 50 degrees Fahrenheit already at 10 am. An easy row around the creek - check Lark's moorings, cover .... so good to stretch, dip, pull, pause .... listen to faint bird calls ...and the splash and drip of the water, chuckling along Lark's sides .....

November Glory

Click to view second photo.  November 12th, warm breeze from southwest, and incredible sunshine as the sun's declination changes. Each day is so precious here in Arden.

End of season

Click to view photo gallery ....    exquisite day - but time to row Lark's sails ashore and stow them in the Shed. Lark will stay on her moorings for the coming winter.

Mosquito trap ... will it work?

Will this work? pinch of yeast and 2 tsps. brown sugar in 2/3 cup warm water. Seltzer bottles strategically placed at front and back doors, and around the garden table! Let's see! The little tiny biting ones are the worst !!!

Will this work? pinch of yeast and 2 tsps. brown sugar in 2/3 cup warm water. Seltzer bottles strategically placed at front and back doors, and around the garden table! Let's see! The little tiny biting ones are the worst !!!

Minnesota Midget cantaloupe

In March I bought a little packet of seeds from Weeks Seed Company, Greenville SC - at our local Farmers Coop. "Minnesota MIdget Cantaloupe" ... and found 2 perfectly ripe tiny golden fruit under the flourishing green vine last evening. My kitchen is filled with the perfume this morning ...delicious. Saving the seeds, and hope they come true next year!

In March I bought a little packet of seeds from Weeks Seed Company, Greenville SC - at our local Farmers Coop. "Minnesota MIdget Cantaloupe" ... and found 2 perfectly ripe tiny golden fruit under the flourishing green vine last evening. My kitchen is filled with the perfume this morning ...delicious. Saving the seeds, and hope they come true next year!

Working hard for pleasure

Haulout - not bad  for 2 years on her moorings

Haulout - not bad  for 2 years on her moorings

Three days of hard work - scraping, painting  ..ready to go back in the water ... the red deep waterline paint is hard copper for the Chesapeake water which leaves iron stains on the waterline ... new antifouling looks gaudy!

Three days of hard work - scraping, painting  ..ready to go back in the water ... the red deep waterline paint is hard copper for the Chesapeake water which leaves iron stains on the waterline ... new antifouling looks gaudy!

Beyond our ken

amazing quiet tiny mold patterns

amazing quiet tiny mold patterns

Quietly over the winter in my studio ... one gourd still creamy, with impacted tendril ... the other covered with delicate patterns of tiny mold ....