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Friday Favorite: Maine

June 19th, 2015

My parents are in for a few days seeing a few sights and enjoying the beauty of this lovely state. I could tell you in words, but photos are so much better.

What have you been enjoying this week?

Eating, Reading, and Relaxing

June 17th, 2015

It’s been a nice few days spent in the Brandywine Valley area visiting gardens, eating delicious food, and learning a lot of history. On Tuesday, we visited Hagley Museum, yesterday we went to Terrain in the morning, had brunch there and then were off to Winterthur.
Sinks terrain
The food was delicious, we only ate out twice since we rented a little house. Most of the time we cooked in our house, big salads topped with bacon, avocados, and tomatoes for breakfast. We packed out lunches while out and about, and made quick dinners at home. You can save a lot of money cooking your own meals while traveling, renting a house instead of a hotel is comfortable and makes this possible.
Of course there was time to read while on vacation, I finished two books. The first was The Rhyme of the Magpie: A Birds of a Feather Mystery, a cozy mystery. A quick, and enjoyable read, just the kind of book that you want when traveling through airports. The second was The Perfect Son, which I thoroughly enjoyed!
In the summer I don’t read too much, I spend most of my extra time in the garden. It’s so nice to have time to be inspired by visiting beautiful gardens and have time to relax and read. It’s especially nice when it comes in the middle of a very busy season.

What are you favorite vacation activities?

Visiting Chanticleer

June 15th, 2015

Yesterday we visited Chanticleer garden, it was very nice. Not as grand as Longwood, but very nice, and still quite amazing. Here are a few photos from my phone, I don’t have enough storage on my laptop to download all the real images.
Chanticleer (1)
We spent a few hours walking around the gardens and then grabbed our packed lunches from the car and sat in the cool shade of a giant oak tree for over an hour, relaxing and enjoying the garden just for what it was meant to be. If you’re ever in the Philly area, I highly recommend visiting. More photos to come after I get back to Maine and can look through the ones on my camera.

Do you have a place to sit the cool shade in your garden?

Quote of the Day: P.S. du Pont

June 13th, 2015

“…I have set myself and guests to work planting flower seeds whenever I have opportunity.”

– P.S. du Pont, 1907 (The Heritage of Longwood Gardens: Pierre S. Du Pont and His Legacy

This week I am in the Philadelphia area with my mom visiting gardens. We went to Longwood Gardens yesterday, today we go to Chanticleer, tomorrow Winterthur. Every time I visit Longwood I’m particularly impressed with their copper beech trees.
I did bring my camera and have been taking photos, but I haven’t been downloading them in the evenings. So you’ll have to be happy with a few cell phone photos while I’m here. As always, Longwood did not disappoint. I was particularly happy to see their vegetable gardens lush with growth, I’ve always visited in the spring when they’ve been pretty bare.

Do you have any great gardens you love to visit over and over again?

Friday Favorite: This Knife

June 12th, 2015

I used to used my kitchen knives to harvest in the garden, then I heard someone recommend this Victorinox Serrated Harvest Knife and I decided to buy one. It quickly became one of my favorite tools. The red handle makes it easy to spot if you drop it, even in thick plants. The $9.95 price makes it very inexpensive compared to my kitchen knife, when I bought mine, many years ago, it was only $4, but now it comes with a nice sheath.
This little knife is also super sharp, it will cut through the toughest rhubarb stalks and it harvests asparagus like a dream. I’ve had mine for years and it’s just as sharp as when I got it. Overall, I’m super happy with this knife and highly recommend it!

Do you have a special knife you use for harvesting?

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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.