Chocolate Almond Biscotti

The best almond chocolate biscotti of all time!.  They are crunchy, nutty and chocolatey in perfect proportions.   I hope I can give them to my son before I have eaten them all. This is the recipe I followed more or less.  I used fewer almonds and added 70% chocolate.  And I used my Kitchen Aid […]

The Miracle of the Bees and the Foxgloves

by Anne Stevenson Because hairs on their speckled daybeds baffle the little bees, foxgloves come out to advertise for rich bumbling hummers, who crawl into their tunnels-of-delight with drunken ease (see Darwin’s chapters on his foxglove summers) plunging over heckles caked with sex-appealing stuff to sip from every hooker its intoxicating liquor and stop it […]


Sun, warmth and rain are doing their magic!  

Mark and Friends on the Job

Pollination for the Valley! And now you ask in your heart, “How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?” Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, But it is […]

Another Day of Planting

Planting continued today a bit cool and rainy, good for working.  The new plants no doubt enjoying being in the ground and the watering.  At Aquarius Garden rows of potatoes and cucumbers went in, with a side of dill and tomatoes.  At Southdown Farm a 60 foot long 8 foot tall bean trellis was put […]

Gorgeous Mt Baker In Clean Air

This photo was sent to me from a friend in Metchosin. It tugs at one’s heart to see how beautiful our world is with clean air.  Maybe we will find a way to get this view  pemanently, somehow, sometime.

Wood Fire Oven Pizza

Finally, I got to try out the wood fire oven. It definitely burns hot. After I had the fire going with fir kindling for about 15 minutes it went to up 800F. I let it cool down and added chunks of arbutus, and settled it down to 6-700F. The pizza cooks in 4 minutes and […]

Whole Lot of Planting Going On

A time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; High speed rail carrots Being chickens. On the move. […]

It’s Warming Up!

Really starting for feel like summer!   Goats are munching.   Three little pigs are routing.  Planting, weeding mulching and watering are happening. At Aquarius Garden the wind was intent on removing the greenhouse.  After several iterations everything now seems secure. Reminder: With warmer weather important to have sun protection and to stay hydrated.  Even though this […]