In the Garden of Weeden

How does our garden grow? Apparently, really, really FAST!!!

When you take a historic cow paddock and churn it into a vegetable garden, 100 years of manure-rich soil is ready to grow — FAST! A super-soaked spring is also credit to our overnight gardening success. Green thumbs-up to Cathy! She’s the one braving evening clouds of wasp-sized mosquitoes to tend the garden. Because the garden is not going to weed itself, I’m making a hardware store stop on the way home to buy a claw hoe.  Confession that I’m excited about acquiring a new garden tool quietly indicates my enjoyment of this new outdoor hobby. Yes, gardening is fun but I’m still preoccupied thinking about growing meat vs. veggies. It’s going to be a bumper crop for crab apples this year, and the deer love them. Venison chops are going to be tasty next to our garden fresh carrots and spuds.


Not only is our garden growing, so are the boys!

Classic Country Charms


A country home just isn’t complete without the classic country charms of a clothesline, a hammock, and a dinner-bell. All three of these finishing touches were fondly fastened to our home this past weekend. As Cathy put it, “it really feels like ‘home’ now that there’s a clothesline strung from the back of it.” I agree. Since the time of settlement, a clothesline has never gone out of style. The calming sight of sheets and shirts swaying in the breeze is rurally intrinsic and classically homegrown. A clothesline connects us to generations past who enjoyed the same peaceful backyard moments over the same household chore. I’ll gladly help with the laundry as Cathy makes lunch. And, if I don’t come right away at the sound of the English Setter bell, go check the hammock. I may have fallen asleep watching my tighty-whities dry.


Cathy says it really feels like home now that there is a clothes line strung from the back of it.

Cathy says it really feels like home now that there is a clothes line strung from the back of it.