Nov 22

Poetry as Art.

A poem written by Archibald MacLeish, titled ARS POETICA, is useful as an example of what one poet believes poetry is. From the Latin; Ars = art + Poetica = poetry = poetry as art. Ars Poetica A poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit Dumb As old medallions to the thumb …

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Nov 17

Gray

GRAY / GREY There are many shades of the color gray, but is gray truly a color? And for that matter are black and white colors? Follow this link to get the details. Here’s a link to a very cool site with info about color; how certain colors affect mood. Did you know the human …

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Nov 12

Cauliflower

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Earlier this spring, I purchased 6 young plants that were marked as “Brussels Sprouts” but they actually turned out to be cauliflower. It has been a few years since I have planted cauliflower so I found a bit of space to cram them in. I was pleased with the size of these plants, though I …

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Nov 07

November

Bare trees and shadows against a November sky.

NOVEMBER by Helen Hunt Jackson   This is the treacherous month when autumn days With summer’s voice come bearing summer’s gifts. Beguiled, the pale down-trodden aster lifts Her head and blooms again. The soft, warm haze Makes moist once more the sere and dusty ways, And, creeping through where dead leaves lie in drifts, The …

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Nov 02

Firewood

Full length logs stacked and ready for cutting and splitting.

In this part of the country Winter can be severely cold for extended periods. Many people opt for a supplemental heat source using a wood-burning stove. Keeping the stove stoked requires having plenty of wood on hand. For many people, the gathering, cutting, splitting and stacking of wood is a major part of their activity …

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Oct 23

Asparagus to sleep for Winter

This picture taken at the end of October after the fronds have been cut back.

It was 18 months ago in my garden when I planted asparagus from both seed and crowns. I wrote about the detailed process to prepare the beds and in this article I showed a picture of my healthy and robust fronds that were exceeding 9 feet in height!   At the end of the growing …

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Oct 19

Plastic tarps in the garden

Apply black plastic over a bed in the early part of spring to warm the soil.

Plastic tarps have several uses in the garden. As a wind-break and a shield from cold, snow, rain and hail plastic can help save tender crops from frost or damage from heavy rain or hail. Black plastic is especially useful in cooler climates to aid in warming the soil in the early part of spring. …

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Oct 17

Scenes of Autumn

The corn's a bumper crop.

* The October rains came and washed away September’s parched crust. The lovely colors fell and faded into the memory of a season that passed all too fleetingly. * The Autumn colors were not especially bright this year and they did not seem to stay too long. I think the end of Summer was too …

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Oct 12

Norman Rockwell

The American painter and cartoonist, Norman Rockwell had an uncanny ability to depict everyday normal events and occasions with a unique talent of inserting humor into the scene. His Saturday Evening Post covers have become famous for their quaint and charming quality. I would classify his work as Americana. Often amusing, sometimes deeply moving, occasionally …

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Oct 11

After Apple Picking

A Macintosh in October.

The great America poet, Robert Frost is a perennial favorite here on the blog. At this time of year I thought it would be appropriate to offer one of his harvest themes. Go here to find more Frost on my blog After Apple Picking By Robert Frost   My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a …

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