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Madrona sunrise, snowy morning on Vashon Island

A Winter Guest Is Obliged to Stay

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  Morning light meets last night's snow Last night as I returned home from the south end of the island, the snow was falling with a grace and...

Planting Perfume: Fragrant Plants You Won’t Forget

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Mock Orange a Memory Makes Fragrance plays a magical role in the garden; it transforms a fleeting moment in time to a lifelong memory, an invisible touchstone...

Bulldogs Bothered and BewilderedDust mop takes non-sporting group

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Boz and Gracie, a bit out of sorts since their brethren's recent public slight It’s the morning after Thanksgiving, the Friday that can’t be mentioned without...
pumpkin pie

Tom’s Third Place (First-Rate) Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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How to Make a Pumpkin Pie from Scratch Using Fresh Pumpkin I made my first fresh pumpkin pie of the season, entering it in the Vashon...
warty pumpkin galeux d'eysines

Galeux d’Eysines Pumpkin: You Had Me at Hello

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I'm not sure when I first fell in love with growing things. It's a fascination I can't recall not having. Of all the things...

It’s All About the Pie

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One of my favorite summer pies: Peach Custard I find there are two kinds of people in the world: pie lovers and cake eaters. Let's...

Bramley’s Seedling Apple: Eye on the Pie

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Gracie is banking on my poor sense of balance and propensity to be easily distracted. Today is hug-a-Brit day, as I'd like to personally thank...
vigne de peche peach jam

Indian Free Peach Jam: Deliciously Different

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  While the garnet color of my Indian Free peaches still fascinates me, it's their flavor that leaves my tastebuds at odds. There's the lingering aftertaste of...
sliced peaches Indian Free

Indian Free Peach Delicious, Unique on All Levels

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Indian Free Peach: Now here's a peach that pushes the envelope on being a peach. I first discovered it in my research to find another...

Turning a New Leaf on Chard: Easy Greens to Grow

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Fresh-picked chard: planted in April, still going strong in October I used to think that chard was better to look at than eat (even insects seem...