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Go Foraged. And Take the Fear Out of Formal Tablescapes.

December 8th, 2023|

I'm into table decorating.  Always have been.  If you give me a table and an hour, and put someone else in charge of stirring the balsamic reduction, I am in my happy place. Somewhere between my twenties and now, table decorations have become 'tablescapes', and I can't disagree with the term - creating a gorgeous table design is very similar to creating a landscape. Contrast. [...]

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The Garden in December

December 1st, 2023|

December is a month of transition in the temperate gardener’s mind. I look at it like a well-deserved break and savor every second. It is a resting month in the Mid-Atlantic garden, which is certainly convenient as it is not a resting month in any other part of our lives. The holiday season –  frantic and beautiful – occupies and delights us. This means that [...]

Gardening is Connection.

To the soil. To the wild creatures of our world. To others.  

And that’s what this site is all about.


My husband, two children and I had been hunting for a rural way of life for years, and the first few weeks at Oldmeadow felt like a vacation. Reality kicked in a few months later when the furniture was moved, boxes were finally unpacked and we started to realize what Jeanne had told us with a grin at the closing table: “Nature wants it back.”


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The Garden in April

The signs of spring right now are real, but can feel illusory when the wind begins to gust or the sun is covered by a passing cloud. But assuming that the earth has not fundamentally changed its course, we should be standing now at the beginning of something wonderful in the Northern Hemisphere. And that is something to be grateful for in the midst of other worries. Remember that the [...]

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Some of Us Can Handle Middle Age

So I was reading over Her shoulder the other night by covertly inserting my small, flexible body onto the back of the couch (Bite it, Nessa), and instead of finding 101 Ways to Be a Better Dog Owner, or What Your Jack Russell Wants, or [...]

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I’m Still Her Favorite

I bet you’ve been wondering. Nessa being a girl, and Her being a girl and the Girl being a girl and what with the way that kind all sticks together – Hell, I was wondering too. Top. Dog. But glad to say, I’m [...]

Nessa the Usurper

She got home this week. And if it hadn’t been for this 826-pound, six foot, hairy Muppet sucking up all the attention, I might have enjoyed three beautiful She-free weeks with Him.  On the bed. In the bed.  On Her pillow now that I think [...]

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