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Friday Favorite: Quotes

August 17th, 2012

I’m a huge fan of quotes, though I’m sure this comes as no surprise to you given that each Sunday I post one. There are quotes scribbled on pieces of paper on my fridge, jotted down in the notebooks, copied and pasted into text files, and stuck to my computer with post-it notes. I even have a Pinboard dedicated to them over on Pinterest. Pairing quotes with photos is also one of my hobbies and you’ll find me often make them up in my spare time. Here are a few of my favorites:

Do you have a favorite quote?

Sometimes the Light is Just Right

February 12th, 2011

During the dark days of winter I’m always happy to see the sun poking through the trees in the morning, but some mornings the sun seems especially warm. There’s something so wonderful about seeing the warm yellow tones of the sun against the cold bluish cast of the snow, especially on a sub-zero morning with a fresh layer of glittery snow that fell overnight. These kinds of morning make me bundle up in Mr Chiot’s big wool hunting coat and HUGE hunting boots (quite a sight for the neighbors I’m sure) to head out to grab a few quick photos before my fingers freezer to my camera. This past Tuesday was one such morning, I wish every winter morning was this lovely, although not this cold!

What can make you get out of your comfortable little nest into the elements to experience something lovely? a thunderstorm, a hurricane?

Quote of the Day: Wayne Winterrowd

February 6th, 2011

“A garden that is not worth a little trouble
is not worth anything”
Wayne Winterrowd

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Wayne Winterrowd this past fall, his gardens have always been inspirational to me. The first book I ever read about the Gardens at North Hill was Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill. It was the book that got me thinking about living a more seasonal life. Savoring things, especially foods, in their season when they’re at their best. This book is out of print, and I wish I had purchased a copy back when I could get one. I’ll keep my eyes peeled at used books stores for it as I’d love to add it to my bookshelf.

photo courtesy of Cheryl Pedemonti a Flickr friend

I’ve been wanting to visit the garden at North Hill ever since I read the first book by Wayne and his partner Joe, but I have yet to make the journey. I was really hoping to attend their kitchen garden symposium this summer, but sadly I’m busy that weekend. Now that the gardens are going to be open to the public on the weekends, I may have to make a trip up there during one of my free weekends this summer.

Who’s been inspirational to you in your gardening career? Is there one book, person or event that you can pinpoint as having a big influence on your life?

The Good Life Center

October 18th, 2010

After reading Maine Farm: A Year of Country Life I really wanted to visit the Nearing Farm. I have yet to read Scott Nearing’s book The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living, it’s been on my “to read” list for quite a while. I have read a lot about them and have been longing to see their walled garden and their little greenhouse. Since we were headed up to Maine we decided to visit The Good Life Center, which was the Nearing Home.

I checked their website and they were going to be closing at the end of September, but I figured we could stop by and look around anyways. There wasn’t anyone there to show us around and the gardens were harvested and pretty empty, but it was still wonderful to see. I’d always read about their stone house, the stone walls around their garden and the solar greenhouse that they built. It was so wonderful to see these things in person, the gardens especially. I won’t bore you with too many words, the home and garden speak for themselves.

One of the wonderful things about the Nearing home is that they built all the buildings themselves from stone. The house is stone, part of the greenhouse is stone, the workshop is stone, the wall around the garden is stone, and even the outhouse is made of stone, it truly is remarkable.

I loved seeing the little things like the compost piles, wooden shoes and the little cat statues throughout the garden – which were a nod to Stanley & Lynn who purchased Forrest Farm from the Nearings and loved cats.

The Nearings really are an inspiration for many of us simple life lovers. I really appreciate people like them, I may not agree with all their ideals or beliefs, and I will most likely never live off the grid without electric, but I really appreciate people than can and do live this kind of lifestyle!

Have you ever read about the Nearings? Who is an inspiration to you?

I’ll be adding more photos of the Nearing Place and the rest of our trip to my Flickr account, so check there often to see them.

The U.S. National Gardens

May 8th, 2009

While in D.C. we visited a lot of museums and monuments. They were all very interesting, but of course my favorite thing was spending the morning at the National Gardens. It’s a small garden, much smaller than the one in Cleveland, but it very nice. They had some traditional herb gardens divided up into quadrants, a water feature with a pond, and a very nice conservatory filled with tropical plants, succulents and a medicinal plant section as well. (if you want to see the slide show in full size click on the little icon in the upper left hand corner)

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If you’re ever in D.C. I would suggest taking a morning to visit the National Gardens. It’s a great way to take a break from the museums.

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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 moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.