Tag Archives: The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

Finding Gold in Herbal Lore–Calendula

In late May–June, calendula flowers wink cheerily in the herb and perennial border that stretches along the road like a colorful island in  a grassy sea.  The plants prefer cooler sunny weather so fall off during the hot summer months … Continue reading

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For Duck Lovers

An excerpt from my nonfiction book about gardening and country life, Shenandoah Watercolors, available at Amazon in kindle and print with lovely images of the valley and mountains. (*A 2012 EPIC eBook Finalist) ~When the world was new and I was young, … Continue reading

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March Came in Like A Lamb, is Still a Lamb…

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke This normally precarious, wildly unsettled month is unbelievably mild. … Continue reading

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For the Love of Roses Quotes and Pics

“You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery *Pics by my daughter Elise This  cold January day makes me yearn for roses, the wonderfully scented varieties that bloom in the garden on … Continue reading

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“To be awake is to be alive.” ~Thoreau

Henry Thoreau said of Walden Pond,”A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Thoreau lived in a small cabin at Walden Pond for … Continue reading

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My New Nonfiction Release, Shenandoah Watercolors

Shenandoah Watercolors Written in a month by month journal style, Shenandoah Watercolors follows a year in my life on our farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This collection of word paintings begins in May 2003 and concludes at the … Continue reading

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The Joys and Trials of Gardening

Spring came back, and went mad. After a long winter’s nap, she woke up ready to party hardy.  I’ve battled to keep up as it suddenly seems everything needs doing. Today my back is grumbling and I’m suffering from my … Continue reading

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