But, the good news is that the deer have been kept out by the partially finished fence. Most importantly, we have been enjoying lots of produce! Eggplant and broccoli have done better than I could have ever imagined. Perhaps due to the mild summer here in the mid-atlantic region?

We still need to add more cypress beds and finish the fence (and gates).




Clearing Space for the New Garden


Well, it isn’t the new garden yet.  Consider this the before picture.  We cleared out lots of trees and bushes, and will need to make raised beds and a deer fence, as well as move that Japanese maple that you can see on the right.  Lots of work to do!

two hives

I’ve wanted to keep bees for years, and was planning on doing it the year I became pregnant with twins. Needless to say, the bees got put on hold for a while. This spring the girls turned three, and I signed up for a beekeeping class at the local nature center. I have fallen deeply and madly in love with bees. They are fascinating creatures, and I have enjoyed reading about them as much as I’ve enjoyed watching them build their colonies.

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sisters picking strawberries

The girls are great strawberry pickers, and we have enjoyed lots of strawberry treats this year.

Ella wateringflowers

We water (sometimes the path or our sister) and pick lots of flowers for the house.

watching bees on the lavender

And we always take time to watch the bumble bees and honey bees, and thank them for their hard work.


Above is a picture of our snowgirl (Maxine) who got buried in the unrelenting snow this winter. The girls would wave at Maxine from the house as she gradually got covered in new snow.

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