...Growing, Building, Cooking, Preserving, Crafting...

2006 began our urban homestead when I broke ground on a garden, which now includes perennial fruits, flowers, & many vegetable varieties. We dream of solar panels, keeping bees and hens. Until then we'll continue growing and preserving our own fruits and vegetables, building what we can for our home, cooking from scratch, and crafting most days.


Batteries Recharged

Back from the longest vacation we've taken in years, feeling fully recharged.  And, with the help of many, we're up and running at about 90% by now while still enjoying the effects of our break.

We went to Boston and Cape Cod as we try to do every couple of years to visit Ben's extended family.  It was V's first time exploring one of my favorite cities and we found a great balance of adult/kid-friendly activities, touristy/off-the-beaten path tours and sites.  Here's the very tip of the iceberg in photo summary:

Our guest house on the border of Boston's Back
Bay and South End
V at the "Make Way For Ducklings" bronze
Swan Boats
Gorgeous windowboxes on Beacon St.
Beautiful Beacon Hill brownstones
The Carousel at the Frog Pond in Boston Common.  V caught the last ride
and was filled with pure joy.
Dipping our toes at Copley Square
Historic brownstones in our neighborhood
Community garden plots everywhere
Super cool idea for a cuke trellis.
My favorite community garden (Part 1)
Community Garden (Part 2)
Cambridge bookstore
Taza Chocolate factory tour in Somerville
I highly recommend this $5 tour.
Making organic stone-ground chocolate in the traditional Mexican way
Dosa Factory for lunch and shopping
Downtown Crossing old and new architecture
Jellies at the New England Aquarium 
Already planning our next trip 
A North End classic, now with gluten-free options
Paul Revere and the North Church
Public Transit
Greenway over the Big Dig, our first time enjoying it
Lavender and Sedum
Amazing Church of Christ Scientist 
With just two days to show V the city, this was the way to go
And something for Ben to enjoy as well

On to the Cape and the Wellfleet Mass Audubon
Salt Marsh Exploration at Wellfleet Mass
Audubon, V found a horseshoe crab on her
first try
Girl in a puddle
Razor clam shell
Natural art on the beach
Skate egg case
Beautiful shells
Beautiful beach day at Corn Hill (bay side), Truro
Sitting in the surf
Wine Tasting
Gorgeous beach at dusk
Beautiful sunsets
Our oyster shucker in the 4th of July
parade handing out fresh Wellfleets
Free-for-all fireworks on the 4th
Provincelands Dune Tour
Fresh Stripah (the guys caught about 12 lbs. of Striped Bass to fill
the freezer for a while)
Horesehead and Harbor Seals at Monomoy Island
Cockle shells on the beach
Lawbstah, Steamahs, and fried clam strips
Longnook Beach (oceanside), Ben's favorite
One last beautiful sunset with Provincetown and Pilgrim Monument in
the distance.

I've found some time to reflect lately and am thinking about where my blog is going.  It's been a challenge finding time to enjoy life while documenting it here.  Stay tuned, but I may be posting slightly less this summer (I know, just when peak local food time begins.)

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