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Friday Favorite: Work in Print

April 3rd, 2015

I’ve been writing for various blogs for 6 years now. Blog authoring is nice, but it’s not quite the same as writing something that goes into a print magazine. While I love both, there’s something so much more tangible and satisfying about seeing your work printed in a glossy magazine!
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Northern Gardener is one magazine I write article for on occasion. I also just submitted an article that will be printed in Grit Magazine this summer. I have always loved looking through magazines. There’s something about the thin shiny paper and the big images.
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Selling photos to various sources and writing these articles is how I keep the bills paid for this blog. If it didn’t provide these kinds of opportunities I would never be able to afford the monthly hosting bill ($140/month) and the other expenses associated with maintaining it. If you’d like to help support the blog, click through my links in the sidebar whenever you shop at Amazon and Mt Rose Herbs. I appreciate the support of those of you who also have a monthly subscription through Paypal.

What’s your favorite gardening magazine?

On Being Descriptive

August 23rd, 2012

Mr Chiots and I always have a great time laughing at real estate listings. When we were looking, we’d read through the description and look at the photos and joke about what was the real meaning behind words like “rustic”, “quaint”, “needs love”, etc.

Hopefully, there won’t be too much of that in the listing for this place when it finally goes on-line, I may write the description myself with the help of a friend. I’ll definitely be writing the garden portion. Unfortunately, our real estate agent is not the least bit interested in gardening and it shows. That’s kind of sad, because the outdoor area of the home is almost as important as the inside and, as a gardener, something I found very lacking when were looking at houses.

Yesterday, I spent some time taking photos of the house and collecting all the garden photos I wanted to share. After showing them to a friend I have a few new ones to take today to round out the collection.

Trying to figure out how to describe the house/gardens without being too wordy can be a challenge. The photos will speak better than the words anyways, so I’ll focus more time on those. I’ll be writing the full description today to give to the real estate agent this afternoon along with all the photos.

It’s really hard to describe your house and gardens in just a few sentences since it’s so much more than just a house, it’s a home. I guess the people who will buy this place will make it their own, so to them it is just a house.

If you had to describe your garden for the real estate listing what would you say? Any great suggestions for things you like to read in real estate listing?

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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.