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Swedish Community Garden day 3

October 26th, 2016

There was one little plot in the community garden that was by far my favorite, the style and organization of the garden was right in line with my tastes as far as gardens go. There was a lovely little greenhouse, a tiny cottage, hedges, flowers, and vegetables – it was garden perfection! What I loved the most about this garden was the buildings, they were fantastic. As you can guess, the little greenhouse was a favorite and I took loads of photos to hopefully build something similar in my garden.

Community Garden Day 1
Community Garden Day 2

Swedish Community Garden day 2

October 25th, 2016

What I really loved about this community garden we stumbled on is the variety of garden types. Most people had at least some edible plants, but some focused entirely on growing food while others were almost all flowers. Some were very elaborate and meticulously planned, others were very utilitarian and thrifty.
Check back tomorrow for more lovely plots from this community garden in Sweden that we happened to stumble on.

Swedish Community Garden day 1

October 24th, 2016

While Mr Chiots and I were driving to the Lacko Slott Castle , we passed a wonderful community garden and remembered to stop and stroll through on our way back to the highway. It was quite an amazing space, they were some plots that were simply gardens and some had beautiful little cottages on them. There were so many wonderful spaces, too many for one blog post, so I’ll break it into a few.
Check back tomorrow for more of this lovely community garden in Sweden.

Swedish Views

October 21st, 2016

While Mr Chiots and I were in Sweden last month, we did a decent amount of driving (we put 600 miles on our new Volvo). We really enjoyed driving through the countryside, seeing the fields of potatoes, the stands of willow, and the farms dotting the landscape. We noticed the houses are all one of three or four colors and they all had beautiful tile roofs.
We noticed most people were flying Swedish flags and almost everyone had at least one apple tree in their yard. It was quite lovely to see the gardens and hedges and how simple and beautiful they were.

And…..I’m Back, Sort Of…

October 12th, 2016

You may wonder where I’ve been the past week, I haven’t been posting because life got a little crazy and I simply haven’t had time or been home enough to do it. If you follow my facebook page or my Instagram account you’ve seen that I’ve been jetting back and forth to Ohio. The main reason I’ve been busy is because my mom has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, she’s been told she has a few months to a year of life left.  In the coming months I’ll be spending lots of time traveling back and forth to Ohio to help my parents settle things and get things in order. I still have loads of photos of lovely gardens from Sweden I’m going to work on posting, as well as all the crazy that happens here at the farm.
I only had a few days in Maine before I headed off to Cincinnati the following weekend for my annual reunion with my college girlfriends. My trip home was very eventful and because of a big mess with United airlines. It took me 24 hours to get back home from Ohio (crazy since I can drive in half the time). It’s a rather crazy string of events, because they forgot to schedule a crew for our flight, it was cancelled at 10 pm on Sunday night. After spending an hour in the line waiting for a customer service rep, I was told “We can’t get you to Portland tomorrow. Where do you want to go?”. I must admit that heading off to Mexico seemed like a good option at the time, but my responsibilities won and I decided it would be easiest for me to find a way back to Maine if I caught a flight to Boston the following morning. From Boston I took a bus to Portland, then a taxi to the Portland airport to get my car, then finally I drove home. It was quite a crazy couple of days, and needless to say, every time I fly United I say “never again”, this time it’s really NEVER AGAIN. I must say, I’m lucky that I can fly Southwest when I head to Cleveland to visit my family, I’ve always had great experiences with them, even with the occasional delay.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but just recently moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine.