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Living Souvenirs

March 21st, 2012

I’m not much of one to collect things from my travels as I don’t like to keep a lot of stuff around the house. We do buy patches at the National Parks and I’m finally amassing enough of those for a quilt for the Tiny Trailer. If I find a great handmade item I’ll buy that, when we were in Seattle I found a beautiful birds eye maple spatula. Generally I prefer to buy a plant when I’m out traveling, if I can find a good one.

While traveling through Florida a few weeks ago, we passed tons of little greenhouses. If we weren’t going to be on the road for 2 weeks I would have purchased a palm tree or something, but that wasn’t really feasible with our car packed to the roof with equipment. When we stopped at Naples Botanical Garden they were having a plant sale. I debated for a while but finally settles on this beautiful kalanchoe ‘Fantastic’.

This plant will be added to my living souvenir collection, which already contains plants from a few other trips, including the lemon and lime trees from my visit to Monticello a few years ago.

What kinds of items do you like to bring home as a reminder of your travels?

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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.