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Homeward Bound

December 7th, 2013

Last week we packed everyone up in the car and headed to Ohio to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lucy and Tara both went along, though with two large dogs in our small car we had to get a trailer to haul all of our clothing & supplies in.
Lucy & tara
Today we’re headed back to Maine with a car full of dogs and a trailer full of gear and venison.

Any holiday traveling last week or in December?

While the Gardener is Away…

July 2nd, 2013

The plants will continue to grow quite nicely and the weeds grow twice as fast.
Welcome Home Garden 2
Welcome Home Garden 6
The chickies will grow into miniature chickens.
Welcome Home Garden 1
The peas are flush with pods, we harvested our first batch and enjoyed them for supper last night and the broccoli isn’t far behind.
Welcome Home Garden 3
Welcome Home Garden 4
It rained so much that the slugs made my cabbage look like swiss cheese. The pigs don’t mind the slugs and enjoyed it for supper last night.
Welcome Home Garden 5
I’ve certainly got my work cut out for me in the coming weeks ahead. No doubt I’ll be spending every spare moment out weeding, trying to get the garden back under control. Stay tuned tomorrow to see what the 5×5 Challenge Garden looks like.

Do you notice that things seem to change almost overnight in the garden this time of year?

Cultivate Simple: Lost in the Jungle

February 18th, 2013

We will return to our regularly scheduled podcast next Sunday, as much as we wanted to record one this past week, it wasn’t feasible since we were traveling. You’ll hear all about it next Monday as we will be filling you in the details on episode 19.

Sorry for any hiccups that have occurred on the blog over the past 10 days, Mr Chiots and I have been in South America. We traveled down on the 8th, after a flight cancellation we ended up on the red eye to Bogota arriving at 6:30 am on Saturday morning. As you can imagine, it was not pleasant.
Colombia Trip 1
My dad picked us up at the airport and we were off down through the mountains onto the prairie below. It’s a beautiful drive, more about it later. We met the rest of our group, 7 others, at a camp for a week of work. Mr Chiots I were on hand for filming and photographing.
dale driving
From our cabin, we could see some jungle, we enjoyed watching the howler monkeys one morning and lots of wild parrots and toucans. The temperatures were in the 90’s during the day and the 80’s at night. Thankfully, it wasn’t humid.
Colombia Trip 6
Today, we’re actually on a flight back to the US, at least hopefully we are. This post was quickly scheduled on Saturday night when we were in the capital city in between events. You’ll be hearing more about our trip in the coming weeks, I’ll even share the links to the videos we made.

Have you traveled anywhere tropical in your life? Where & when did you go?

Traveling Fools

December 4th, 2012

Mr Chiots and I are travelers, we’ve spent many hours driving across the country and have visited many states. Driving is our preferred method of travel because there are so many interesting things to see. There are so many interesting things to see while you’re on the road, gardens, houses, businesses, cars and people.


Yesterday, we traveled in a big truck and got to see a whole different view. The world looks completely different when you’re up that high. I saw things on our trip to Maine that I’ve never seen before because they’re behind embankments and trees.

Of particular interest to me while traveling, is the beauty of the natural landscape. Nature really does do it best, it’s amazing that we spend hours planning, planting and tending our gardens and they pale in comparison to the beauty of a wild garden. We can learn a lot about gardening by taking note of wild areas.

What do you notice most while traveling?

The Best Laid Plans

September 21st, 2012

Yesterday, we were all packed up and ready to go and we had one BIG problem – there was no sign of our cat Dexter. We’ve been keeping him inside during the night just so this wouldn’t happen. Yesterday, he spent part of the day inside and then wanted out in the afternoon. He usually doesn’t wander far, so I let him out – BIG mistake. We had dinner with some friends and when we got home he was nowhere to be found.

A friend said she stopped by at 9:15 and he was on the front porch in his kennel sleeping. When we got home at 9:45 we couldn’t find him. Then I started getting nervous that we wouldn’t be able to find him the next morning.

Usually, he’s waiting at the front door with the feral cat when we get up in the morning. He wasn’t there. We waited around for a bit and finally it was decided that Mr Chiots would hit the road in the truck and I’d catch up later if/when Dexter showed up.

My neighbor and I decided that we’d wait until 2 and if he hadn’t showed up by then we’d spend the night here and plan on leaving in the morning. He was a no-show by 2.

So there I sat, in an empty house, with a few other cats in the house, the feral cat yowling while locked in a bedroom, and no sign of Dexter. There has been one other time that Dexter didn’t show up one day, the next day he appears limping from an injury. I’m fully aware of the fact that outdoor cats lead generally short lives and can meet their end. It’s a dangerous world out there, but they also experience life in a way that an indoor cat couldn’t.

We love our Dexter so much, to the point that we tried to make him an exclusively indoor cat for a while and he would have none of it. Dexter was super laid back about everything but spending too much time indoors.

All the neighbors were on lookout, some of them offering to keep him until we could get back to get him (don’t you just love great neighbors?). I went to bed on Wed night with a knot in the pit of my stomach. The feral cat woke me up at 4 am yowling in her room. When I looked outside, there was Dexter on the front porch, just like every other day. Guess he got his dates mixed up and his going away party with his friends went a little long! So my neighbor and I hit the road on Thursday morning, hoping to meet up with Mr Chiots at the new place in Maine. I’m so relieved I have all four cats in tow, guess all the howling won’t be so bad…

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