Spring Album — And a Giveaway Winner

The vernal equinox is still a week away,

but everything that grows knows what season it is.

The world has been shaking and shifting and we feel it,

even if the path in front of us seems calm.

Here, the creek is running

and the grass is growing greener.

And my seedlings aren’t seedlings anymore. They’re so big!

(How will I keep them entertained until they can put their feet in the ground in May?)

There were more comments on the no-sugar-jam book giveaway than any post here has ever received. Looks like a lot of us want to explore healthier ways of preserving fruit, and that inspires me to keep experimenting. Another person who will be trying out new ways is Sally — a.k.a. lucky #22 — who won the book giveaway. I’ll be emailing her today to find out where to send her copy of [amazon_link id=”1564409929″ target=”_blank” ]Canning and Preserving Without Sugar[/amazon_link].

Congratulations, Sally!

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway and who visits this blog.

Wherever you are, I wish you a beautiful and nourishing spring.

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  • Reply tigress March 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    shae, these photos are so gorgeous! really, the top two are taking my breath away!

    i wish it felt like spring is spranging around here – but all i smell is concrete and train tracks so far. :(

    • Reply Shae March 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Tigress: Concrete and train tracks? You definitely need to get yourself out here to Pt. Reyes! I appreciate the kind words you’ve been speaking about my photos of late. It’s especially heartening because I am just starting to make art prints of my favorites. I got a beautiful photo printer ’round Christmastime and I am using, dare I say it — toothsome — fine-art paper. I’m learning!

  • Reply Sally March 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you so much! I am so happy to of won this book, and look forward to some good reading and trying out some new recipes when I get home to Seattle; this AZ heat is divine, but Seattle is one of the best places to live on this earth!

    • Reply Shae March 13, 2011 at 7:02 am

      Yay, Sally! Let me know if you make something from the book that you like. I think I’m going to try my second experiment this week!

  • Reply bruce March 13, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Those tomato plants look really good. I just put my German Johnson and Red Beefstake plants into my earthboxes. Have been growing them for weeks in the shed under a grow light. I hope you are blessed with “way to many” tomatoes

  • Reply Shae March 13, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Thanks, Bruce! I’m envious of you being able to put your tomatoes in the ground this early. But that’s Florida, right? Here, we have to wait until May. Lots of people say Mother’s Day is the time. I hope your garden grows beautifully this year, too!

  • Reply Sally March 13, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Hey Shae… I am making up more orange-lemon jelly this week (maybe today) to take back to the Pacific NW and I am going to try something with those beautiful pink grapefruit hanging from the tree outside my window. I will let you know when I try something from the book, thanks again.

  • Reply Rosemary R March 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Lovely photos, Shae. Come on sweet fruits of summer ….

  • Reply Cyn March 14, 2011 at 4:00 am

    A beautiful spring album… I could see all of those photographs as prints.

  • Reply gracia March 18, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    “The world has been shaking and shifting and we feel it,

    even if the path in front of us seems calm.”

    Beautifully put.

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