More Than Ice

I love discovering new and unique things in the gardens.  An insect viewed from a different perspective or a non-traditional flower.

Lady BugJack-in-the-Pulpit










Winter offers an entirely new perspective challenge. Void of the rainbow of colors and abundance of life found in other seasons, winter’s gifts must be sought out.

Ice Crystals

I wait for the cold to envelope the land and snow and ice to fall.

Winter landscape of snow

When warming air collides with subfreezing temperatures, magic happens.

Snowy Winter's night

Beauty abounds.

Icycle on evergreen

Bluebifd in the snow on sumac

An alternate view of the world can be found at

Tootlepedal’s Blog A look at life in the borders.

Across a vast ocean he too looks for unique and unusual. Take a moment to take a bike ride with him

via his post Slow Progress



A Walk Beyond the Garden

The garden has become familiar.

I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.

I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.

Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…

A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.

Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.

Across the street, next to the homestead,

a cow rests in the barn.

Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.

Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.

As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon  the dairy  farm

and pass homes decorated for Halloween.

My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia. 


Wedding Day – A Rustic Barn Wedding

The date was October 1st. We woke to a misty morning but all moisture receded until the evening.  I did not venture to the lower gardens where the ceremony took place as I had to remain in  the home to quiet a barking dog.. The following is a series of photographs from the wedding day.

The barn is ready...
The barn is ready…
The wine station is set
The wine station is set
The cake table is ready
The cake table is ready
The cake
The cake
Walking to the lower gardens
Walking to the lower gardens
The happy brides
The happy brides
Joy! Looking down at the labyrinth from the deck of the home
Joy! Looking down at the labyrinth from the deck of the home
Random photo of the band
Random photo of the band


The last dance
The last dance

Three Days and Counting – A Rustic Barn Wedding

Yes it is Monday, and yes the wedding is over. Because daily activities filled most moments and any free time was saturated with emotions  sitting in a quiet place trying to reflect was quite Impossible for me. The count-down will continue so I hope you stop by to see the progress.


Let the decorating begin!
Let the decorating begin!

Lights strung

Lights stung Rustic barn wedding

Lights strung Rustic barn wedding

Lanterns hung

Lanterns Rustic Barn Wedding

Lanterns hung Rustic barn wedding

Lanterns hung Rustic barn wedding

Ribbons Adorn the wall

Hanging ribbons Rustic Barn wedding


Waiting on flowers Rustic barn wedding


5 Days and Counting – A Rustic Barn Wedding

New lights have been added

Barn repurposing ligjhts

barn repurposing lights and more lights

Chairs and tables are being delivered

Barn repurposing chairs and tables

Outdoor vignettes are popping up


Fall decorations

Benches repaired

The labyrinth in September 2016

And bridal colors begin to show

Barn wedding decorations


Transformative Qualities

And so it begins

A miniscule sphere harboring new life


Emerging as  a creature from a nightmare

Juvenile Black Swallowtail Caterpillar



Growing into a character in a children’s dream


Black swallowtail caterpillar on dill

Ever so slowly shedding greens and yellows encasing its soft body in an armor of crusty brown


To one day emerge into a creature which we embrace as a symbol of what we can attain


It does not happen in a blink of an eye, it does not happen over night

Days, weeks months in a life that exists for but a short period of time

Once its insatiable appetite for parsley, dill or carrot greens  has been quelled it will travel  long distances to find a place to rest as it transforms into a creature no longer shackled to the earth

We too have the capacity to transform but only after many years of feeding our own voracious appetite for that which we are drawn to

Look to the sky to see them glide on an invisible current and know we too can unshackle ourselves from that which keeps us from soaring ever higher