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Quote of the Day: Tamar Adler

September 17th, 2017

“Eggs should be laid by chickens that have as much say in it as any of us about our egg laying does. Their yolks should, depending on the time of year, range from buttercup yellow to marigold. They should come from as nearby as possible. WE don’t all live near cattle ranches, but most of us live surprisingly close to someone raising chickens for eggs. If you find lively eggs from local chickens, buy them. They will be a good deal more than edible.”

Tamar Adler in An Everlasting Meal


Before we had our own chickens, we purchased chicken from a local farm. Eggs from happy chickens are really much more flavorful than those from the factory farms.

We now have our own flock, which range quite happily on a fairly large plot behind a few hundred feet of electric net fencing (not technically “free” ranging, as the foxes nab them if they do, but close enough). There are between 15-30 of them laying between half to two dozen eggs a day, depending on the time of year and the age of the flock. Eggs are on the breakfast menu daily, usually with a side of some sort of vegetable from the garden or a piece of bread from the oven. Sometimes they’re made into omelets to use up small bits of leftover dinner that aren’t enough to make another entire meal in itself. Pot roast with vegetables makes a surprisingly good omelet, especially with some fresh parsley on top.

In the summer, when we are flush with eggs, I sell them to a few friends. These friends claim they are “the best eggs they’ve ever had” and some won’t even give my name out to their friends in fear that they won’t be able to get eggs if they do. My belief is that the eggs are good because the chickens are happy and enjoying very chickeny lives (the homemade fermented feed is also a big part of it as well). I’m happy that my little flock produces enough eggs for us and for a few friends. Good eggs are worth sourcing wherever you live.

Do you have your own egg layers or do you have a good source for good eggs?

Finding Beauty in the Everyday

September 12th, 2017

Yesterday, I was putting some elderberry stems into the compost bowl and noticed how lovely it was. Perhaps it was because it was dominated by the color purple, perhaps it was the textures. Either way, I noticed that the compost bowl was beautiful, not just now, but would provide beautiful things for my garden when they composted down.

Sometimes it can be tough to find beauty in the midst of the mundane daily things, but if we look at things differently or stop to notice the colors, textures, and light, we may just be able to find beauty in the everyday. This time of year I especially notice the angle of the sun. While I’m sad that the days are getting shorter and summer is coming to an end, the angle of the sun provides a much more beautiful light in which to observe our gardens. It’s almost like we get golden days instead of golden hours right before sunset. You can bet that this time of year I’ll be out soaking up every single drop of this last beautiful light.

What are you noticing beauty in these days?

Belfast Garden Tour Garden

August 15th, 2017

Luckily, I’ve been able to make most of the garden tours on the local garden club tour this summer. Our club has one open garden every Friday. On the 4th of August, three gardens were on the tour; they were the homes of neighbors. This is one of the gardens on the tour, most of the garden was in the back yard.

From the look of the front foundation garden, you wouldn’t imagine what was behind the fence in the back yard. You were greeted by a lovely dappled willow right inside the gate and pathways leading to the small back deck with lounge chairs and a small lawn.


This beautiful large leaved tree was growing beside the deck, I’m not sure what it is, but I’m definitely going to look it up. Belfast is on the coast, and thus enjoys a little more warmth than we do because of the ocean.

The back yard was a sloping garden, with steps and terracing to make the most of the space. There were rock steps, lots of evergreen plants and a big stand of heather.


This garden was small but mighty, the majority of the space was taken up with gardens. It’s always lovely to see what people do with the challenges in their spaces. The terracing of this garden gave me inspiration for some sloping garden areas I have behind the house.

Have you visited any interesting gardens lately?

A Project on the List

August 3rd, 2017

I have a whole host of old bee hive boxes in the top of the garage. They’re old, they were infested with wax moths, mice, and other insects. We don’t need them for hives, so we have been trying to figure out what to do with them. A few of them are going to be turned into broody houses for ducks and chickens. Last week and idea hit me, turn them into native pollinator houses. I remember seeing this lovely one when we were in Sweden last fall.

I also spotted this one on a garden tour a few weeks ago.

I’m going to divide the bee boxes into four sections then fill each with a different material. This is actually going to be a project that a friend and I are doing with her daughters. We’re collecting pine cones, sticks, and other items to fill the sections with. Hopefully we will be able to create beautiful homes for native pollinating insects.

Do you have any garden projects lined up for the coming weeks?

Bad Art Day: Batik

July 25th, 2017

A few friends and I started a Bad Art Club, we get together (hopefully once a month) and have a good time making art. We call it the bad art club so that no one is intimidated by feeling the need to make beautiful things. In reality, all art and creative pursuits are beautiful and the process is part of the joy and fun of it. On Sunday, we got together for our big day  of batik. It was long (10 hours of hard work), but it was so much fun.












What new creative pursuits have you been embarking on recently?

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