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One Month On The Homestead

One Month On The Homestead

We’ve been here one month, now. It’s all sinking in– the reality, the permanence. It’s spectacular. And while the work is hard and plentiful, I remind myself of how much we’ve accomplished. With a toddler at foot (or on my back), here’s what the first month has yielded on the new homestead: We’ve installed and […]

Making Plum Wine

Making Plum Wine

  After early blossoming, the plum trees already have surprisingly sizable fruit showing, and it has me thinking about last year’s wonderfully successful venture of country winemaking. Plum was my first attempt, and it’s been one of the best among apple, mint, nettle, pumpkin, mead, pomegranate mead, jujube, and rosehip. Until last year, I was […]

Sunflowers: A Love Story

Sunflowers: A Love Story

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but we do celebrate love, and today is as good a day as any, with all the extra love floating around for many, to share a story from last summer and harken to days of warm sunshine. It was August 27th. I was writing in my journal at campus Starbucks, enjoying […]

Planting Purple Potatoes

Planting Purple Potatoes

Every Saturday during the summer, since we did not grow potatoes for the first time in years, we bought spuds from a fellow at the farmer’s market who we affectionately referred to as Santa Claus Guy. He sold organic Yukon Golds, Russets and a lovely purple variety. Since colorful potatoes contain the most nutrients, we ate a […]

The Creek

The Creek

This is home as it awaits us, where my daughter will blossom and explore, where the seasons will mold us and teach us. It seems impossible, steeped in magic. Inevitably it will lack perfection: all whole things do. But that place will be there, only yards from our front door, beckoning, awaiting discovery.

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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