May 18, 2007
This robust looking Black Tuscan kale shot up from an abandoned seedling that I left in the ground last fall (I've got large brussels sprout plants that resulted from the same neglectful method). I'm going to harvest it soon and make a batch of Kale and White Bean Soup.
There are volunteer potatoes popping up all over the place. I'm obviously not a very thorough potato digger.
May 16, 2007
I was out taking a peek to see if there are any holes filled in the Mason bee house yet (there aren't), when I spotted these little beauties hanging out on the clematis.
It's amazing how much life there is to see, even in the middle of the city.
May 15, 2007
Irises are popping up all over the place.
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May 08, 2007
I don't remember what kind of tulips these are, but they're gorgeous.
The fruit trees are very productive this year.
A week ago, I would have been weeping over my lovely fruits, but I met the woman who bought our house last weekend, and she (yippee!) has no interest in most of the fruit trees. We're still working out the details, but it's looking like I'll get to take most of them with me!
May 07, 2007
My daughter and I finally made it out for our "high tea" date today at our favorite tea house, The Secret Garden. We'd planned to go for Bee's birthday last month, but every week between then and now one of us was either sick or busy with other things.
To start things off, we both ordered ourselves a pot of tea (I had my favorite Creamy Earl Grey, and Bee had the Lemon Mango Punch)and then they brought us this lovely three-tiered platter full of goodies.
Everything looked so incredible that it was hard to know where to start!
There were rich and creamy egg salad spirals, pita cups with turkey and mango chutney, and mini croissants with genoa salami.
The next level had blueberry tea cake, and mini apple scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam. Their scones are so fluffy and delicious, I'd love to know how they make them like that!
The piece de resistance was the dessert plate, which held an assortment of sweet delights, including luscious lemon tarts (Bee's favorite), mini blueberry panna cottas, and chocolate hazelnut rolls. Delicious.
May 06, 2007
I'm ashamed to admit that I lived up to my reputation and bought another teapot (it's a sickess, I realize this). I used the fact that it's my birthday on Monday (the second reason that this week is always fun for me) as justification for this moment of weakness. My dad sent me a little money as a gift, so the teapot was essentially my gift from him (are you buying any of this?!).
I just had to share a photo of the amazing cake that my mom made for my birthday (we celebrated tonight). It's the biggest, loveliest (and yummiest) strawberry shortcake I've ever seen.
May 02, 2007
We all know how important it is to recycle these days, and Freecycle is a great way to encourage that. For those of you who may not know what it's all about, Freecycle is a Yahoo group where people post items that they no longer want, and where you can post requests for items that you need that someone might have gathering dust in their basement. It provides a forum for the exchange of items that second hand stores might not take and prevents them from going to the landfill. We've found new homes for plants that there was no longer room for in the garden, as well as magazines, toys, and numerous building materials (including the carpet that we tore out when we redid the kids' bedroom floor). I will likely be posting a lot as I pack and try to downsize before our move.
We've also been on the receiving end of some great freecycled items (anyone remember the washing machine?). This gorgeous nightstand is the latest example, and it came from a woman whose parents had it in their house for 40 years before passing it on to her. The stain is chipped and bubbled in spots, but it looks so well loved that I'm having a hard time deciding whether or not to refinish it (any thoughts?).
This recent aquisition makes my heart go pitter pat. I worked my way through highschool doing various odd jobs (from babysitting, to shelving books in the library, to working in a kids bookstore), and most of the money I made went towards expanding my beloved record collection. We've moved hundreds of albums around for the past (egad) almost 20 years, but I haven't been able to listen to any of them in decades because a) we've never had a house big enough to set up a turntable and b) my record player had its arm broken off during a past move (I still think my darling hubby might have had something to do with that - he's been pleading with me to part with them for years). Well, that is no longer a problem since I picked up this little beauty last week. Anyone up for an 80's bash?
The exchange of goods isn't the only great thing about Freecycle, it's also a fantastic way to get out into your community and meet other like minded folks. I've met lots of interesting people that I never would have met otherwise, and it always feels good to know that something you no longer need is being put to good use by someone else. I've recently gotten my mother hooked, and she's quickly becoming a regular poster.