Here's a link to my Holiday 2014 Newsletter. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Here's a link to my Holiday 2013 Newsletter. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
I have an article due later this week on the subject of peanuts. I'm looking forward to writing it, yet I haven't gotten the urge or the inspiration to get started. The deadline will get me moving, I know, because I have a deep-seated need to fulfill my obligations to the best of my ability. I still see my mother staring at me, arms crossed, with tapping [...]
I just got my prized copy of 'The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.' My dear friend, Dean, graciously gave me a copy, which Frances Mayes promptly signed. Here's the cover: What has a cookbook got to do with gardening? Everything. Cooking is the culmination of gardening, especially if you grow your own food. Or herbs. Or both. Cooking allows you to ingest what you've grown and share what you've [...]
I noticed Anne Raver wrote a piece in the New York Times recently about Nancy Goodwin and her garden in Hillsborough, NC, "Montrose". Here's a link. Nancy wrote a book about her garden and her experiences there, Montrose: Life in a Garden. It's a lovely, informative read. Steve and I visited there two Winters ago, and we had a personal tour through the garden with Nancy. It [...]
Sometimes, things just work out for the best. Like last Thursday. Steve and I got in the car in Wilmington, on a rainy, nasty, cold morning at 7am. We were headed to Montrose in Hillsborough, NC, to tour the gardens. Hillsborough is northwest of Durham, so we went through Raleigh on the way. It's really a straight shot up I-40 from Wilmington. When we got close to Raleigh, it [...]
To know me is to know that my favorite author is Frances Mayes, writer of the Under the Tuscan Sun series about her life in Italy. I have spent many an hour dreaming as I read through her books. Her work has influenced me greatly. She is a gardener in her own right and usually writes extensively about gardens in each of her books (in addition to cooking, decorating, [...]