mamma and babies

“Captain” (Cayuga) has been sitting diligently, quietly and tirelessly on 9 eggs.  Today we have ducklings.  Happy birth day babies!  I count 7 so far, wanting not to disturb her too much.  Daddy “Peter” is a mallard.   He’s outside the duck house pacing like an expectant dad.

Duckling love.



DIY insect repellent


Chop rosemary, catnip, mint (I used spearmint), lavender, lemon balm and a few whole cloves.  Put herbs into a pot and cover them with water.  Add enough water so all the herb material is covered and then about an inch more.  Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes.  Let cool and strain.  The herb particulates can be composted.

Add to the room temperature herbal infusion:  1 tbsp vodka and 1/2 cup witch hazel.  Pour mixture into container (mason jar).  Shake well and refrigerate.

I put some into a small spray bottle where it is readily available to those who want to use it.




a little support

The chamomile is growing so tall this year, after some rain some of the plants started to topple over.  Brendan made a support frame that is quite charming!  The poles are stairway spindles and the boards are actually pieces of recycled molding.  It’s a lovely addition to the front garden!

garden walk… before more rain

My garden walks are precious and play a vital role to my whole psyche; words are often difficult because it all is completely wondrous and amazing and my whole body is oozing in awe.  A picture is worth a thousand words.


Beltane Kiss


no copyright infringement intended – I saw this and was breathless for about 2 seconds. Simply stunning. I don’t who the artist is but I would like to purchase a print.

Blessed Beltane!  Hope you’re as inspired by this as I am!