Monthly Archives: August 2014


“Show me your garden, and I shall tell you what you are.” –Alfred Austin I’ve been haunted by this quote for years, judging myself by the contents of my own garden. Every year I start out with good intentions: This year, the garden will be as neat and orderly as those of my Amish neighbors. […]

The Bovine Visitation

While washing dishes one day, I caught a glimpse of motion in the yard. “Is a chicken loose?” I wondered. “Or maybe the dog?” Sherlock Holmes I ain’t. A further inspection revealed that neither chicken nor dog was responsible for my vision; instead, it was a bull who had apparently gotten bored and decided to […]

Bees revisited

As upset as I’d been about the loss of my first two bee colonies, I’d come to accept the empty hives as a trade-off for the arrival of my new dog Court in my life. I put a few drops of lemongrass oil in them on the off-chance a passing swarm would consider it a […]