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How to Build a Better Berry Basket (or Bucket)

A bountiful morning when you have the right tools. Berry (and cherry) picking is serious business; you pick, eat a few, then try to get them...

About Tom

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...

Anna & Ryan’s Wedding: Love Set Sail for Vashon Island

Anna & Ryan: The smiles say it all Yesterday, love came to rest on Vashon Island. That’s not to say it’s not hanging around our...

Letting the Art of Nature Drift By

 One leaf, one stream, some sun, seaweed and a whole lot of pretty. Nature can surely frame a pretty picture, and last Sunday, friends and I...

The Grow Report: Cherry Trees

Fresh tree-ripened Stella Cherries poised for the picking. Here's an update on how my young orchard grows. Stella: Sweet Cherry, 4 years old, first harvest 2008, 3...

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Stella Cherries: the before picture; the after, no so pretty.  Metaphors come in all shapes and sizes (as do cliches), and this morning one of my favorites...
best way to ripen peaches, naturally

The Best Way to Ripen Peaches

A Ripe Peach Is Worth the Wait I love peaches too much to eat them as the rock hard flavorless orbs we've come to expect from...

Too Much Rhubarb = Too Much Good Jam

Our unseasonably cool summer (okay, late spring) has left my tomato starts and basil shivering in their beds, drooping from a low-temperature hangover. This,...
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Summertime, and the Hammock Is Ready

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A...

Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot: A Rose by Any Other Name Wouldn’t Smell as...

 Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot, Tea Rose "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;" Shakespeare's...