Bold New Ventures

Hey there! Check out my latest off-season project -- a sort of double-decker birdwatching platform/playfort thingee, tucked in the far corner of my backyard. According to the various building plans I have consulted, a project like this should be do-able in a weekend! Ha-ha! (They should list alternate time estimates for the out-of-shape and/or clueless).... Continue Reading →

Garden Designers’ Roundtable: Memory and Plants

I'll I'll be honest.  I had a hard time figuring out how to approach this topic.  As I have mentioned before, I am New Dirt and not Old Dirt, meaning I do not come from a long line of gardeners, but rather picked up this obsession at age 36 with no influence from parents or... Continue Reading →

Tomato Hornworms Provide Bigger Pay-Off Than Actual Tomatoes

At least for my six-year old son.  When he first spied one of the chubby 3-inch long hornworms among the tomato foliage, he recoiled in horror. Horror gradually turned to cautious fascination as he helped me find several other hornworms that were feasting on my plant.  Five minutes later he was plucking them off by hand,... Continue Reading →

Art and the Garden, Part I: Early Mishaps in Art

This week Garden Designers' Roundtable is posting about Art and Sculpture in the Garden.  Even though I signed up to post this month, I have to confess that art and sculpture intimidate me a little, in the garden and everywhere else.  In fact, you might say that I am uniquely disqualified to give advice about art.  To preface... Continue Reading →

Children’s Film Features Kids Who Roam Unsupervised, Trespass, Get Dirty.

Based on our enjoyment of Ponyo, Netflix thought that our family "might also like"  Kikkerdril, a Dutch film about an adorable little boy named Max who wanders around the Dutch countryside in search of frog's eggs.  Now, the original Dutch title translates as "Frog Spawn", which I guess the American distributors felt wouldn't go over well here, so... Continue Reading →

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