40 responses

  1. Margie
    January 3, 2013

    The photo of you and your mother and Bos and Gracie makes me smile. You are blessed. : )

  2. Kim
    January 3, 2013

    I resolve not to resolve. And I find that sometimes it’s burned bridges that can shine a bright light , along with lengthy blog posts on the subject of gaseous bull dogs.

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      So true…
      …oh I forgot and also kind words from a North Carolina friend, or beautiful flowers that celebrate the joys and moments of life, or heated swimming pools. ;-)
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      • Kim
        January 5, 2013

        Swelly heart right now.

  3. Kim
    January 3, 2013

    Oh and BTW Tom, we’re still looking for that visit from your mom..did you tell her we have a pool?

  4. Amy Scott
    January 3, 2013

    Tom Conway makes me shine brightly.

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Amy, Amy, Amy, I’m blushing and ever grateful to have you in my life — Merci!

  5. Peter/Outlaw
    January 3, 2013

    What a beautiful post!

    Well, since you asked, radium, plutonium, and tritium might make me glow but to really shine, I require a nice dry maritini or several. (I’m here all week…) Seriously though, working with my students with special needs is where I find light and hope. Children naturally shine and when you have the privilege of being with them on a daily basis, some of that light rubs off on you!

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thanks Peter, sounds to me like you shine brightly for many people and make such a difference in their lives. Bravo!

  6. renae
    January 3, 2013

    I will be blessed if my son will sit on the couch with me when he’s 35 like you are.
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    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Renae, you’re such an awesome mom (and person) your son will likely start building shrines for you.

  7. DebC
    January 3, 2013

    I missed you! You do bring light to our short days. Love the luminaries and fence lights. I am sure your cozy corner brightens many a day on line and on island. Happy, healthy 2013. Let’s meet some where for a glass of that house red and some garden ogling. Maybe your backyyard!

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Deb, I look forward to such a rendezvous, and I promise not to make you weed or mow for your glass of wine.

  8. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie)
    January 3, 2013

    Well, I am impressed because you have a genuine Hudson’s Bay blanket. Not many people have those these days. Or are times a’changin?
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    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Sarah, I love Hudson Bay Blankets and am always on the lookout for them. I have another one up on the guest bed that is a six-point behemoth, a king-size spread on a full-size bed, so heavy you have trouble breathing when covered up. The one shown here is an old reliable, dog-friendly double that gets plenty of use in my drafty old house. Boz prefers to warm up underneath, Gracie is a top-of-cover girl.

  9. Shirley Braden
    January 4, 2013

    Beautiful post, Tom! I was needing an infusion of light today. I love all the pics, but especially the one of you and your mom!

    Hope you have a fabulous 2013!
    Shirley
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    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thank you Shirley, my Mom will be glad to hear that. She’s pretty special!

  10. Dee
    January 4, 2013

    Love the blog and intentions for 2013

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thanks Dee — here’s to a great 2013 for all of us!

  11. Sophie
    January 4, 2013

    Such a lovely & warm loving post, dear Tom!! xxx
    I loved reading it all!

    I wish you & your 2 lovely dogs a happy & lovely 2013 filled with tons of laughter, joy & some really good food! :)

    I wished you lived closer to me so that we could toast together to the New Year with a good glass of Champagne & lovely Sophie Home-made appetizers!

    You are a dear friend to me! :),xxx from Belgium! ;)

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Nothing like making friends half way around the world. Thanks for your kind comments and presence throughout the year. I look forward to catching up on Sophies Food Files this weekend. cheers! TC

  12. Eileen
    January 4, 2013

    Happy New Year, Tom! I’m looking forward to another year of Tall Clover Farm (once you’ve dusted off the cobwebs).

    How I wish I could get editing help from Pipi with LivingTastefully ;-) but she could care less.

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Eileen, I too look forward to more exchanges (and recipes and bulldog exposes)!

  13. Ina gawne
    January 4, 2013

    Happy New Year Tom! Such a lovely post – I love all the photos too! :)
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    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thanks Ina, I look forward to another year of reading your kitchen adventures!

  14. Nikki
    January 4, 2013

    Wishing you a bountiful year, Tom!

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thanks Nikki, and the same to you. I’m already poring over the seed catalogs cluttering my kitchen table. The pile grows daily.

  15. Joan
    January 4, 2013

    I love you!

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Right back at you, Ms. Joan. ;-)

  16. Janet NZ
    January 4, 2013

    You do Tom. Happy New Year!
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    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      Thank you Janet, I could say the same about you kind friend — here’s to a great 2013 for both of us!

  17. Jason
    January 4, 2013

    Those pictures of your dogs are classic! How could anyone say no to those faces!

    • Tom
      January 5, 2013

      So true Jason, sometimes I look the other way, just so I won’t give in.

  18. Kevin
    January 5, 2013

    Tom, thanks for stopping by — it gave me the perfect excuse to sit down and explore your site. Beautiful photos and location. I’m mesmerized by the name of your island. Vashon. It sounds like it’s from another place and time. Enjoy the day!
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    • Tom
      January 8, 2013

      So glad to make your acquaintance Kevin. I look forward to more of your posts and insights. As for the name Vashon (rhymes with ‘cash on’), Capt. George Vancouver on an expedition to the island, named it after his friend and fellow officer, James Vashon. Here’s a link to more of Vashon Island’s history: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=3909 .

  19. Nicole Weiss
    January 6, 2013

    A little late but: when gardening at 45 degrees, eating toast and fresh berry jam for dinner ‘cuz I couldn’t wait for tomorrow morning and Tom’s blog entry increase the shine around here! Tom, you keep me inspired til winter’s over. I know, I’m in California and shouldn’t whine. Instead I shall wine. Lookin forward to the next one Tom! Thanks!

    • Tom
      January 8, 2013

      Nicole, yours sounds like one of my dinner choices of late with a little chunk of cheese added for good measure. My garden has been woefully neglected, as the siren flames and warmth of my woodstove have kept me entranced in a spell of coziness (read laziness). Perhaps I’ll escape to the garden today, oh wait, is that a steady downpour? Cheers and Happy New Year to you!

  20. cj
    August 27, 2013

    Tom! Pretired Nick is so absolutely, positively correct! Your writing is magnificent and such fun to read. He left a fine comment on our site, then sent an email in which he suggested we have a peek at your site, so here I am – without Christmas cookies. Have a super fun day!

    • Tom
      August 27, 2013

      Hi CJ, that was mighty kind of Nick, and I’m so glad you dropped by Tall Clover. I look forward to checking out your site. Now about those Christmas cookies, I accept them year round. Cheers Tom

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