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    Garden

    How to Prune a Freeze-Damaged Citrus Tree

    I’m slowly getting better at gardening. Partly, it has to do with simplifying. Instead of trying to grow everything, I’ve been concentrating on what I love most. More than anything else, I…

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    Birds

    A Crow’s Breakfast

    Our neighborhood is home to a large community of crows. Sometimes, on summer evenings, dozens of them gather on the roof of our house. We hear them walking around up there and…

  • Bergamot Honey Syrup | Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Bergamot Honey Syrup

    A couple weeks ago, I got hold of my very first bergamots. Is it worth noting that spell check wants me to replace “bergamots” with “flabbergasts”?  Bergamots are, in many ways, a…

  • Citrus Aigre-Doux | Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Citrus Aigre-Doux with Honey

    The Rangpur limes are here. My mother’s tree was not as productive as last year, yielding 40 pounds of fruit instead of 100. But that’s still a lot of Rangpur limes. I…

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    Words

    Why Today Was Good

    It rained this afternoon and I went for a walk. I saw five ospreys hunting. Two reached down and pulled silver fish from beneath the green scarf of the lake. There were…

  • Tiny jam: strawberry, rhubarb, lime & a touch of honey
    Preserves

    What’s That in Your Pectin?

    A mystic is someone who wants to understand the universe, but is too lazy to study physics. ~ Anonymous I recently stumbled across that quote and thought, well, that’s true for me.…