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Autumn In A Glimpse

“Overnight” is usually an exaggeration–but the leaves in Central Illinois are literally changing overnight.  I was lamenting that the warm weather and lack of rain is causing our leaves to brown and fall without turning, but now suddenly trees are … Continue reading

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ESCAPE TO DOOR COUNTY

Door County, Wisconsin, is a peninsula of calm between Green Bay and Lake Michigan.  After a demanding summer repairing out buildings, gardening, teaching and helping our children ready The Groveland Chapel for business under their management, we are ready for an escape to … Continue reading

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White Wash on a Hot Day

The large chapel porch has a new coat of paint.  It was a daunting task with so much gingerbread trim and lattice work.  But the family crew did it together to the sounds of The Drive oldies on the radio.  It … Continue reading

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June Flowers–The Garden At Its Peak

June is my favorite month for flowers in the garden.  Perhaps that is why brides like it so much?  The peonies are hard to beat, but when the oriental and field lilies begin to bloom incandescently, they take the starring … Continue reading

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BREAKING GROUND

[STRAW BALE WITH ZUCHINNI PLANTS, ABOVE] Breaking ground and preparing the garden beds for planting is on my mind in April.  I will be expanding my straw bale gardening this season as last year the results were very positive.  My bales … Continue reading

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TRANSITIONS

  Life can change suddenly.  We are still in transition since my father’s death in so many areas.  The property he left behind became an immediate concern.   His estate included a house, 2-story double garage and workshop, old machine shed, … Continue reading

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Fantasy Backyard Farm

I keep telling myself I do not need any critter responsibilities.  But my fantasy farm, the one in my fertile imagination, always includes lambs and chickens, with perhaps a cat or two. A recent issue of Country Garden magazine had … Continue reading

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