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)

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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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2 Comments

  1. Mary Ellen
    Apr 24, 2015 @ 19:21:23

    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.

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    • Tom
      Apr 24, 2015 @ 22:17:52

      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

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