Autumn Walk

We walked in our woods yesterday morning.  It was chilly, a bit cloudy, and the air had that wonderful earthy, autumn smell.  There is something grounding -- spiritual -- about an early morning walk among the glorious trees, the multi-colored leaves pirouetting in their final, slow dance to the ground, the trees whispering shared secrets... Continue Reading →

Foraging

Between the above average heat and lack of rain, this summer has seemed unpleasant and relentless.  I have to say that July and August have always been my least favorite months of the year.  Strange, I know, for someone who loves to garden.  But in the northeast, July and August translate into hot, humid days, too... Continue Reading →

Edges

  The use of the "edge effect" is one of the core principles of permaculture.  From an ecological perspective, the area where two distinct ecosystems overlap -- the edge -- tends to house greater diversity and energy than either of those ecosystems do individually.    For instance, the edge between the woodland and my "backyard" not... Continue Reading →

Early Morning Walk in the Woods

The mayflies (or gnats) are here, which means no more walking in the woods without being swarmed.  In another couple of weeks the mosquitos and deer flies will be in full force.  So, to avoid the swarm, we went for an early morning walk yesterday.  6:30 a.m., 28 degrees (note the ice crystals on the... Continue Reading →

A Walk in the Woods

It's a sunny, glorious (albeit a bit chilly at 38 degrees) early Spring day in North Country, so we took a two hour stroll in our woods with Magnolia.            

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