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Insects Awaken 驚蟄 Jīngzhé Mar 6th

In the traditional Chinese calendar, a solar year is the time from the winter solstice to the next winter solstice. Jīngzhé is the 3rd of the solar term and comes in the climate term of Mǎo (卯) or Mid Spring.  It … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Paddling Film Fest, Rehab Headaches and Other Miscellany

When I went down to Rockfish Gap Outfitters to get a more readable compass than the tiny one in the center of my luo pan, before starting my feng shui, they had a sign out front advertising a paddling film … Continue reading

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Apple Season

An entire year will often go by without my eating an apple. I am forever spoiled by the apples of my youth. They were irregular in shape and strong in flavor. The orchards were local and the apples were not … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – The Farmer’s Market is Back

Last week the farmer’s market opened. The few vendors that came did not have much but I got some nice spring onions and leaf lettuce. There were some hothouse tomatoes. Unlike the store hothouse tomatoes these were quite red so … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – The End of the Season

I love going to the farmers market. I love having fresh safe food and knowing I am helping preserve open land and a sustainable way of life. I have gotten to know the vendors. But the city had done nothing … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken 驚蟄 Jīngzhé

In the traditional Chinese calendar, a solar year is the time from the winter solstice to the next winter solstice. The solar year is divided into 24 solar terms, which correspond to intervals of fifteen degrees along the ecliptic. Two … Continue reading

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How does your garden grow?

The weather has become warm and humid after the first few days of may. There is  lot of work to be done and already mid-day is too uncomfortable to do much. The rain seems to fall all around but not … Continue reading

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Anticlimax

Today I gathered in most of my spearmint. There was quite a bit but it went to flower and beyond so not the amount of good leaf I would have liked. The bees had it to themselves and just as … Continue reading

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Solace and Solstice

The muggy weather bothers us all. All yesterday we were in the dead calm dreaded by sailors. The cats lay on the floor instead of the futon and Mosby asserted his right to a windowsill where the sun was not … Continue reading

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Enough of Winter Already

The new year blew in with freezing rain,frigid temperatures and high winds. The cats are sleeping more than usual and there have been a couple of staring matches over who’ll get the sunny spots. Cloud sits on the edge of … Continue reading

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