Posted in October 2011

Left to My Own Devices

An unthinkable gift: a day to myself. Nearly 12 hours! And this is what I did: Play guitar Run for an hour in the woods Harvest coriander and dill seeds from the garden Thin the carrots Three loads of laundry, wash, hang on line, fold Scrub bathroom, wall to wall and ceiling to floor Bake … Continue reading

PLAY: Kites

A sunny, windy autumn day begs for a kite, and the makings for a kite are easy to come by. Armed with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, tape, string, ribbon, a wooden stick and this tutorial, my kindergartener and I constructed a kite to his exacting specifications in 5 minutes flat. It’s … Continue reading

GROW: Maitake Mushrooms

The first weekend in October is the weekend to harvest the maitake mushrooms (Grifola frondosa, or chicken-of-the-woods) that grow around our oak tree. Thanks to all the rain in August and September, this turned out to be a wildly productive year. Last year we harvested one mushroom the size of two cauliflower heads. This year … Continue reading

CREATE: Family Felting

At the end of some days I am grateful for the hand of serendipity. I could not possibly script some of the loveliness we experience during the course of our days together as a family. Today we experienced the Garlic & Arts Festival in Orange, MA, complete with maple cotton candy, live dance & music … Continue reading