Friday, May 23, 2014

Biking accessories for the fashion conscious

Check out my story in this week's Globe:  Bike with style

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The rise of the kitchen garden

potager (noun) a kitchen garden
mid 17th century, from French jardin potager "garden providing vegetables for the pot"

There is something so satisfying about growing your own food.  Maybe because it's such a rarity for us these days.  When our grandparents were young, practically everyone had a "victory garden," with some tomatoes, beans, and peppers growing in the backyard.  But what's old becomes new again.  Like so many other fads, we're on the upswing with gardening.  Which means there are a plethora of photos featuring gorgeous kitchen gardens -- potagers, as they're called.  Check out some of my favorites.

[Photo by Marsha Arnold]

[Stacey Van Berkel-Haines for Canadian Gardening]

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[Image via 99 Roots]

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

What is it about a beach house?


What is it about you, dear beach house?  You are nearly 100 years old, sitting on a narrow stretch of beach above the sea in Wells, Maine.  Your floors creak.  The porch groans.  The wind whips through your attic windows.  There's history here:  of sandy feet, late-night card games around the kitchen table, and sunburned kids tossing in their beds.  Of laughter and arguments and love.

You can hear the water from anywhere in the house.  You whisper to it like a long-lost love.  "I'm still here," you say.  "Come and get me."

A beach house is a fragile thing, weathering a beating from late summer hurricanes and winter storms.  Each spring we wonder:  will it still be there?  A beach house makes you remember that time is precious.  That it could all be swept out to sea at any moment.  So linger on the porch.  Play one more game of cards.  Dig your feet deeper into the sand.  You never know if this day will be your last.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Happy Birthday to this blog!

{Five years old!}

Friday, May 16, 2014

Lilac season has arrived!

Scratch and sniff computer screens need to be the next big thing.

Friday Find: Balcony planter

Who says you need to have a yard to grow a garden? Utilize every extra inch of your patio and balcony with these modern planters.  A zinc rail hook fits most railings and keeps your plants elevated for a bit of visual interest.  I love the idea of planting a whole bunch of different varieties of lettuce and radishes to have close at hand for an impromptu salad.  You have a green thumb, I promise.  You just need the right tools!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Beautiful farm photography

In the springtime, I dream about farming.  Planting seeds and starting fresh.  Digging in the dirt.  Watching things grow.  My friends Erik Jacobs and Dina Rudick Jacobs spend all year thinking about these things.  Both award-winning photographers in their own right, this pair take the most amazing, beautiful, and moving photos.  For the past year and some change, they've been documenting Erik's quest to become a real, honest-to-goodness farmer.  Now, they're launching their first CSA for their own farm.  I've been following their blog weekly as they post new photos and document their trials and errors.  And man, can these two make a pretty picture.  These are their photos.

*All photos by Erik Jacobs and Dina Rudick Jacobs of Plough and Stars Project.  To learn about their CSA, click here.

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