Highlights Reel

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Completed my docent training at Smith’s Castle and spent their Heritage Days weekend event talking to visitors about the kitchen and hearth. Led a small group of pirate reenactors through the entire house – a perfect introductory audience for my first whole-house tour. Working in the gardens Wednesday afternoons.

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The website for Plimoth Plantation states that it takes “the average visitor” two and a half hours to see everything. Who are these people? We spent six hours, felt like two, and could’ve easily spent another four. Was extremely impressed with the first-person docents we met – and speaking in OP English, too! Enjoyed poking around the backs of the houses and peeking in at their gardens. Most of them were dressed with branches to protect the seedlings. I purchased a small pipkin and some seed packets (summer savory and cornsalad) from the gift shop. I deserve a medal for self restraint.

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Visited the Hempsted Houses in New London, CT. The stone house dates to the mid 1700s; the larger Elizabethan frame house dates a hundred years earlier, and is the oldest house in New London. This photo of the earlier house’s hearth is far better than the ones I took that day.

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This is the main hearth in the 18th-century stone house. It is now believed the house was built by French Acadians driven out of Canada by the English.

 

Reading a fantastic book titled Cooking with Fire – my brain is ablaze (ahem) with ideas for our fire pit.

Feel free to stop by my flickr photostream to see other photos of my adventures.

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So ready for spring

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It finally feels like spring is here. From 12 o’clock, moving clockwise: dandelion, Barbarea vulgaris, Allium tricoccum, Allium vineale, hosta. Yellow flowers are Ficaria verna, which must be cooked to remove a toxin – this is a new one to me this year. To its left is very young Lepidium virginicum (peppergrass), below that is Daucus carota. The green leaves resembling curly dock are young horseradish leaves. The pale blue green succulent in the center is sedum, probably Autumn Joy. All gathered on an evening stroll through our yard.

Decluttered and rearranged the contents of two outbuildings. Sorted through thirty years’ worth of photos and personal ephemera. Did a dump run, threw out half a trash bag full of old photos, cards, and letters; other things – including furniture – donated or given away.