Tag Archives: The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia

June In Our Garden–Beth Trissel

June Excerpts from my nonfiction book,  Shenandoah Watercolors, a 2012 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist.  Images of the garden by daughter Elise.  This photograph is of our double-flowered apricot hollyhocks. This year I shall try to remember to save seed. “It’s … Continue reading

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People with Goats Succeed!

I saw this quote: “People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” E. Nightingale–But I read goals as goats, which got me to thinking.  Would it really make all that much difference, goats, goals???  Either one gives you … Continue reading

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Rescuing An Orphan Kitten

Excerpt from my award-winning nonfiction book Shenandoah Watercolors: “Elise and I found a bedraggled black kitten in a shadowed corner of the old barn huddled beside an ancient water trough. Manure and hay stuck to its fur and its head … Continue reading

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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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