|Allie (on right) and friends wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year|
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
|The seven Founding Fathers|
It's high time for another guest blog and this one, by my sister Lucia Monfried, spotlights four of our revered founding fathers and is entitled PRESIDENT'S COMPOST
With presidential politics front of mind these days, I'm thinking of a certain president who was hot headed, prickly, and off-putting, one who distrusted the press, and felt himself constantly undercut by comparisons to his predecessor. No– it's not the current resident in the White House, but John Adams, our second president. Comparisons to current leader (ahem!) end there. Adams, who said "facts are stubborn things," was a courageous patriot and brilliant writer and thinker who got the revolutionary war going.
Defeated in the election of 1800 by Thomas Jefferson, his vice president, in a hotly contested and shockingly mean spirited fight, he did not attend the inauguration of his rival, instead slipping away to his farm before the festivities. Sound like someone we know?
I gleaned these facts from a wonderful book called Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf, about the estates, farms and gardens of our first four presidents.
|Madison couldn't wait to don old patched trousers for gardening, while I wear sweatpants and old shoes today|
|Peace Field in Quincy, MA|
|Monticello, Jefferson's luxurious estate in central Virginia- note extensive experimental 'vegetable terrace' to the right|
|Promotional photo for HBO's John Adams|
|A screen grab of young John Quincy Adams|
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
It's citrus season again and Buddha's hands are starting to show up in our local farmers' markets. To demystify this exotic fruit, read THIS.
Here's a favorite photo from a previous blog. This Buddha sits on the mantle at sister-in-law Ricki's. As my friend Andrew, who is fluent in Japanese commented, the stand is actually upside down.
|Original 2012 Buddha Hand blog with Green Bin header|
Friday, October 30, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
|Pyramid at 5:40 PM Oct. 17th |
It's hard to take a bad picture of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco's financial district. But on Saturday evening, from our table outside the Wayfare Tavern, the upturned camera angle and the late afternoon light aligned to create some stunning shots. Even taken by an iphone.
And the cocktails, fried chicken and popovers weren't bad either
|photo taken at 6:10 PM|
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
|Completed oat cakes, slipped out of their muffin pan and ready to eat|