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Winter Greens

When last week started off with this beautiful sunrise,  I suspected that I might be taking a technology break and I did.  I spent my week before the holidays away from the computer and immersed in my favorite activities of … Continue reading

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Asphalt Seagull

From the mountains, across the Piedmont and Tidewater and onto the beach is a trip of about four hours from the New River Valley.  How odd that a bird with no interest in playing in the snow would make the … Continue reading

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Nature’s Guide to Decorating

It seems to me that Nature has the right idea when it comes to holiday decorating. When the leaves begin to change color in the Fall and buds appear on my Thanksgiving Cactus, it is my signal to replace bird … Continue reading

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A Simple Sound, a Pleasant Memory

I awoke this morning to a soothing sound.  Anyone who has spent a night in a canvas tent in the woods knows the sound. Most of our oak’s leaves have fallen, carpeting the ground in rich burnt sienna.  Before dawn … Continue reading

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A Calm Before the Storm Day

Yesterday was a mild, sunny “calm before the storm” day to be savored. With an Arctic blast of winter weather predicted to arrive on Wednesday I spent most of my time Sunday outside joining other creatures who were excitedly enjoying … Continue reading

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Scatter Seeds, Gather Weeds

Several years ago my sister gave me this cute little gardening stake.   I’ve been gathering weed seeds this week.  That’s right.  And I plan to scatter them and plant rows of them around my yard for a bumper crop … Continue reading

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A Gathering of Artists

I enjoyed the company of some very talented quilters this week who had  assembled for several days of camaraderie, creativity and inspiration.  Their quilter’s retreat at nearby Claytor Lake is an annual event and I was treated to lunch and … Continue reading

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Moonflower Magic

One Spring I came across a little Moonflower seedling nestled among the Morning Glory vines in a local greenhouse.   I’ve planted several every Summer since then.  What a magical plant! Moonflowers are night blooming cousins of the Morning Glory.  The … Continue reading

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Through a Forest Wilderness

“A wilderness…is hereby recognized as an area where….man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”     The Wilderness Act of 1964 50 years ago this month congress passed The Wilderness Act of 1964 and it was signed into law by … Continue reading

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Autumnal Aroma Therapy

I love the smell of the garden this time of year. Yeast cells working their magic on the over-ripe remnants of a bountiful harvest. The sweet aroma of fermentation, the scent of woodsmoke in the air and fragrance of  bread baking … Continue reading

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