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Friday Favorite: Garden Photos

January 5th, 2018

This time of year, I love looking at photos from my garden. Not only do I enjoy seeing photos from this past summer, but from previous ones as well. I like to sit down and look at how the garden is evolving, what’s changing, how plants are growing and filling in.

I like to look through photos of each garden area and clarify my goals for that space. Looking at edges, deciding if plants need moved, if pathways need adjusting, if retaining walls need built. Now that I’ve lived here for 5 years now, I’m planning windbreaks and other things that will not only look great in the summer, but help with drifting during the winter. Photos of the garden are a valuable tool in not only planning, but it seeing how much we have accomplished. Often I find myself looking at the garden in the summer and feeling like I haven’t achieved nearly as much as I want. But when looking at photos I can see exactly how far it’s come.

Are you in the habit of photographing your garden? Do you look at the photos more in winter than summer?

Friday Favorite: Photos

August 14th, 2015

I almost always have my camera with me to take photos of anything and everything I come across. The result is that each year I take around 15,000 photos. Every now and then, I have to look through all my photos when searching for something specific for a client. It’s never a chore, in fact it’s something I rather enjoy doing. Yesterday I came across a few gems from the past, I’m so glad I take so many photos, there’s really no better way to record life!
rocking chair
tiny trailer travels (1)
brian working
hiking at Crater Lake National Park
heather vahila
tiny trailer travels
vintage camper garden shed
None of these images are amazing or dramatic, but each one is connected to a memory that brings up strong emotions. This is why I take photos, not just to capture the beauty in the world around me, but to capture the memories and those little pieces of life that might otherwise be forgotten with the passage of time.

Are you in the habit of collecting images of life?

Friday Favorite: Old Photos

January 24th, 2014

Whenever I find an envelope that contains a few photos I scan them, put them in my photo organization software and throw away the actual photo. In the software I use I tag everything well and organize it into folders. That way I know exactly where everything is. It’s fun to come across a few oldies like these:
The Beagles
My indoor soccer team when I was in college.
wendy and susy 1
wendy and susy 2
I mentioned last week that I’ve been trying to minimize, minimize, minimize. You have to stay on top of these things so they don’t get away from you. At least nowadays most photos are taken digitally so they don’t clutter up your living space. It’s nice to digitize all these images, they’re much easier to find when categorized and tags. I find myself looking through them more often now that they’re on my computer!

Do you have a lot of old photos laying around?

Friday Favorite: Old Photos

November 15th, 2013

Four or five years ago I went through all of our old family slides and picked the best ones to be digitized.  I sent them off to a small company in California and they returned them on a DVD.  Every now and then I love looking at them, there’s something so fun about them.  Here are a few of my favorites (I’m the younger girl):
little kids 1
little kids 2
little kids 3
little kids (2)
little kids
little kids 4
little kids 5
little kids 6
little kids 7
little kids 8
I’m hoping to be able to digitize a few more photos when I’m back in Ohio later this year, there are so many and it’s always more convenient to have them on the computer. Not only that, they’re backed up several places for safe keeping!

Have you taken steps to preserve some of your old family photos?

The Right Time of the Night

February 2nd, 2012

Sunsets again become events worth noting, and can be noted, for in February they begin to occur not while we are still absorbed in our daily work, but after, in the peaceful time when dinner is being gotten ready.

Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd in Living Seasonally: The Kitchen Garden and the Table at North Hill

Every now and then, I look out the window, and it’s the right time of the night. Earlier this week, a winter storm rolled through and plastered everything with snow. While I was cooking dinner, the skies cleared and the sunset was perfect.

I enjoy sunset more than sunrise. This is probably the case because I have no windows on the eastern side of our house and cannot see the sun rise. The sun sets on the side of our house with the most windows and I find myself often working in those rooms when it is on it’s way down. As a result, I love the sunset and the golden glow that it provides while I’m cooking in the evenings. Perhaps when I have a house with easterly windows I’ll enjoy the sunrises more than the sunsets, but for now it’s the sunset I love.

Which do you prefer, the sunrise or the sunset?

Reading & Watching

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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.