Summertime in Rhode Island means clam cakes, clambakes and clam chowder. We've had our fill of all of the above, and some pretty humongous lobster rolls. My cousins and aunt host an amazing clambake every summer and it is a blast. I always look forward to my annual whole lobster and the prospect of laughing… Continue reading Pumpkins in the Patch and a Bun in the Oven
July is the beginning of the real harvest season for us. Not that the spring gardens didn't produce, but we didn't plant any of the real "good stuff" early this season. We mostly just had enough lettuce to feed a family of four for two months. It was beautiful (garden netting is a blessing), but… Continue reading Bee Balm Tea and Disco Bunnies
After all of the storms we had last winter, I was sure we had lost most of the grapevines in our woods. We had hundreds of feet of Concord Grapevines growing up into the canopy of our white oaks before last winter. We had planned to eventually train what we could against the stone walls… Continue reading The Grapes After the Storms
We have at least four zipping, iridescent and adorable hummingbirds in our gardens. I've been trying to catch a photo of them for weeks, but they are too fast. They perch just outside our kitchen window on hydrangea branches, but I can't get a good picture from inside. They sit on the side of the… Continue reading Chirp, Hum, Whoosh!
Yesterday was the summer Solstice, and today is going to be a beautiful summer day. We have been hearing boats on the reservoir through the woods and the sounds of horns and church bells from the youth camp that borders the north side of our property. They host summer camp during the week and weddings… Continue reading Sounds & Sights of Summer