Pumpkin Cottage

Pumpkin Cottage
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Friday, May 27, 2011

A Day in the Garden

My mother was born a master gardener.  There are so many things I regret not learning at her side but gardening reminds me of the things I did learn.  

Look at what I discovered in our urban garden today.  Figs from one of my mother's tiny trees.

A rose that grew from a cutting.  This rose came from my mother's friend,
Aldora, who also lived in Half Moon Bay.  The rose first resided in my garden in 
Laguna Niguel.  My mother, for some unknown reason, thought that this particular rose belonged
with me.  She stubbornly dug it up and eventually replanted in our Riverside garden.  She would
be very pleased at its loveliness all these years later.

There are blackberries...that always remind me that after a sever season of pruning came back 
stronger than ever.  A life lesson to remember.

Concord grapes.  My very favorite grape.

The smell of mint in my garden always reminds me of the 
Holyghost Festival (Festassopas.

Green apples for eating.

And a multitude of roses for sheer pleasure.

Thank you for visiting our pint size urban garden.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our People

Lee and I often speak of "our people."  What we are referring to really is not our relations but people that "get" us and we "get them."

My brother, Joe, is on our people list. Not because he is my brother but because he is Lee's
favorite sibling.  For Mother's Day last year Joe sent me this lovely ribbon in a beautiful card that I will keep forever.  Right off, I knew I wanted to embellish a pair of jeans like we used to back in the 70s.
Lucky lady bugs (hippodamia convergens) and four leaf clovers. It took me a year to get started but I did it.  I will think of growing up every time I wear them.  This is the perfect project to kick start a summer of creative projects.

My Julia Child rose had to be moved over just a bit.  Miss Holly used VoVo's shovel
to help dig the new hole.  Only a diva would garden with her glitter shoes on.  They are a bit
ratty but still it is sequins.

Safety first. Helping Daddy complete projects around the house.

The ferry to Balboa .....a five minute treat.

A perfect weekend and my lovely new Dr. Martens from our trip
to San Francisco in April.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My mother is on my mind every day.  Her strength through all things.
Her unwavering love of God and family.
Her many talents.
The tangible things she made that I hold with my hands.
The roses and many cuttings she planted in my garden.
And most importantly the things that I hold in my heart.
May my children one day fondly remember me like I remember
my beloved parents.

My mother, father and three oldest siblings.

Monday, May 2, 2011

To Perfect Spring Days

Here's to the black sheep and all who follow him.  -Two Fat Ladies

It has been a perfect weekend...preparing for Master Jacob's birthday.

Watching the chickens.