About Tom and Tall Clover Farm

Seattle Greenlake house

After years of living in some great Seattle neighborhoods, I left my teeny-tiny house in Seattle (a real-life version of the cottage I drew as a kid, complete with pointy-tip tulips of unnatural colors and spiral smoke escaping the chimney). I moved to the country, to a schedule of tides and ferries, to five acres of possibilities and a community of kind people.

Tom’s farmhouse in 1900

I found a gem of a house, just needing someone to provide the polish. (photo circa 1900)


Locally, the farmhouse is known as the Peach Palace, a moniker not so much based on the fruit in the orchard or the size of the house, as much as on the paint hue that covers its frame. (One pays a price for the savings found in another person’s paint mixing mistake.) Actually the color has grown on me, and no matter what the hue, I am smitten with my home, its history and welcoming presence.

In the orchard, my newly planted trees bend with the promise of future bounty. For now, they’re just getting settled. I grow apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, quince, berries, figs and cherries, mainly because I love to eat apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, quince, berries, figs and cherries.

Tom and the Boz

On a personal note, I’m someone who embraces the beauty of the bulldog…

a slice of homemade blackberry pie

Succumbs to the power of pie…

Boz the bulldog takes a dip in the pool

Contends that summer is never long enough…

Boz and Gracie: bulldogs in a hammock

Shares his hammock…

Boz and Gracie, snuggling bulldogs

And sofa with bossy (and weighty) interlopers,

Plays with his food (reprising my role as Cyrano de Raspbergerac)

foot in tall clover

And finds  that any time his feet are walking in tall clover, it’s a good day.

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  1. Mary Ellen
    April 24, 2015 @ 7:21 pm

    Stumbled upon your website after googling the best way to freeze blackberries, blueberries, etc. Absolutely love your writing, sense of humor and am intrigued with your island home. I lived in a lakeside community in Upstate New York for 10 years and miss my little cottage terribly. For writers block, I have found that reading previous pieces of writing, changing my writing location and simply sitting in the beauty of nature helps me to gain new prospective and get “re-inspired”. Looking forward to returning. Thanks for the inspiration, Mary Ellen.


    • Tom
      April 24, 2015 @ 10:17 pm

      Hi Mary Ellen, Great to make your acquaintance and really appreciate your kind words and tip. Here’s to more writing and less block. Warm regards, Tom


  2. Andrea
    January 9, 2016 @ 9:51 pm

    Tom, I have sought some northwest gardens dilemma delight from you and your blog in the past. While on a long stint away from my home in the Pacnorwest woods, I decided to visit your blog as a reminder of home. I have to say I was terribly saddened to see the copious advertising in front of me. I understand the importance of providing for the future, but these advertisements were so auspicious and completely out of line with what you assert yourself to be. Again, I understand, and still I find myself wondering if anything remains without a price tag these days?


  3. Ken
    March 26, 2016 @ 4:07 am

    Hi Tom. I was looking for Antique Fire Place Andirons and saw the picture on google images. I saw your picture of your 2 bulldogs curled up together. That is how I found your site. I love it. I am going to try your Leek soup recipe this weekend. I have a bulldog too. His name is Winston and he is in his senior years now (11). We also have Annie (Saint Bernard) and Little Man (Golden Doodle). I just wanted to say I love your website and love Tall Clover Farm.


    • Tom
      March 26, 2016 @ 8:54 am

      Thanks Ken, I sure appreciate the visit and kind words. It sounds like you have a houseful of great pals. And anyone who loves bulldogs is alright in my book; it’s a sign of keen insight and smarts, I always say. 😉


  4. Judy Deignan
    April 26, 2016 @ 7:55 am

    Great website.
    Could I bring my students to visit your farm in the Autumn?
    We have 11 raised beds at our school and we love Apple trees.
    Thank you


  5. sharon
    July 23, 2016 @ 8:45 am

    Just stumbled across this when looking at another site. I’m finding it interesting but don’t see a place to subscribe.


    • Tom
      July 23, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

      Thanks Sharon, for bringing that to my attention. There is now a subscribe heading on the upper menu bar, next to Radio Show.
      Well wishes, Tom


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