Sun Setting On Our Field, by Rainer

Did the rose
Ever open its heart

And give this world
All its

It felt the encouragement of light
Against its

We all remain




Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bloom Day Tour with Frida Rose and her new flower dress, August 16, 2009

Many sunflowers at their peak right now.

New pink nicotiana.

Flowering broccoli going to seed.

Flowering oregano.


Even the lowliest dandelions are precious to Frida.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Graywater Feature

Here's how it works:

We take a luxurious hot bath in the new outdoor tub. Zak got this extra deep old cast iron horse trough at a job for free. Thanks J.D.!

Then we drain it through a hose to various parts of the garden. Here is a tiny hedge, a little borage sprout and an animal bone. We've dug up many, many animal bones in our gardening venture. Lots of metal, too.

Speaking of digging, here is an update on the hole. Rainer doesn't want to build a cob structure right there. He wants to keep making it bigger. During the summer the earth gets so dry and hard to dig. The current plan is to wait until the winter rains soften up the soil and go at it again.

Anthony and Jody's Yard

Next door to us live Anthony, Jody and their children and animals.
Many birds nest in their trees. There's Zak on the bench.

These, the tallest trees nearest to us, have crows living in them.

Jody pointing to an occupied bird house.

With all the trees Anthony and Jody have planted, like the ones behind her, and the huge hedge that separates our yards, we've got a nice little haven for neighborhood wildlife. Together with Rose and Keith, who keep bees and have a young orchard started, a little ecosystem is thriving.