Home Gardens Musings

Summer Photo Update: Veggie Edition

The season is changing.  School has started, we’ve had several frost warnings, and geese are headed south.  In my transition from summer vacation to a new job this fall, I take a moment to remember many special memories from the past several months.  We had a busy summer filled with family reunions, weddings, evenings with friends, and weekend guests.  Reflecting on such a full social season, I decided to look back through my pictures.  All I found were images of vegetables, herbs, and meals we enjoyed.  Though I wish I documented some of the fun we had with people this summer, I’m happy to be reminded of this peaceful and rejuvenating slice of a busy season.








Spring Equinox Photo Update

With the spring equinox came one last beautiful snow storm.  One last snow day.  One last chance to set up an after school snowball zone.  One last sled down the hill.  One last wintery walk in the woods.  We’re now keeping our eyes out for each new sign of spring.  Here are some photos from the past few months of Vermont adventures and observations:

Morning sun on our icy bedroom window
Morning sun on our icy bedroom window
These two pretty much sum up our President's Day weekend
These two pretty much sum up our President’s Day weekend
Snowy home
Snowy home
Sunday morning northern VT beer and donut tour.  Stop one: Poorhouse Pies.
Sunday morning northern VT beer and donut tour. Stop one: Poorhouse Pies.
The garden in the winter and our climbing tree's hammock hanging branch
The garden in the winter and our climbing tree’s hammock hanging branch
Mammoth white pine
Shrew’s eye view:  mammoth white pine
Brewing maple sap beer
Brewing maple sap beer
Mr. Photographer playing with his new camera!
Mr. Photographer playing with his new camera!
And then it all starts to drip away...
And then it all starts to drip away…

The Place Where I Live: Foliage

Our first frost this morning will push our valley into peak color.  Last year I posted Vermont foliage pictures with a twinge of nostalgia – they had been emailed to me by my dad.  I was living in the city.  This year I’ve been soaking up the views like a tourist.  I even pulled to the side of the road on my way to work yesterday to snap a picture!  Next week I’ll get back to business with a post about leaf and fall-themed games and activities.  In the meantime, soak in the views…


Shenandoah Vacation

As you may have noticed by the lack of recent posts, we went on vacation!  We sandwiched a great 4-day trip to Shenandoah between a weekend of wedding festivities for two of our best friends – Alex and Lauren – and a Webster Family Reunion.  Some of the highlights are pictured below.  Next week I’ll get back to more literal Growing Stories.

The trails weren’t all as wide and flat as this one, but they were all very well maintained and marked. Go National Parks!
A quick cool-off head dunk, and then we’re on our way.
Appreciating the view and sound of rushing water from waterfalls to our left.
The best waterfall rock sliding cool pool ever. Or inspiration for the first ever bath tub?
The top of Old Rag Mountain – the best hike of my life (so far). None of our pictures do it justice. Anyone who visits Shenandoah should definitely hike Old Rag!
Rocks were doing crazy things in the scramble down from Old Rag’s summit.
As the path leveled off, we looked ahead…
Stoney Man summit. The previous night’s rain caused low hanging clouds and fog to obscure most of the views on our last day. We were lucky to have a bit of clear weather for our last hike.

All photos are by Tai Dinnan or Evan Webster


VT: One Month in Photos

It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve been living in Vermont for a month already.  I had fun this rainy morning looking back through the photos (no, not quite all are of food).  Here are a few highlights:

The move went incredibly smoothly – here is proof that everything has been moved in to our new home.
Dad’s regular evening fishing sessions across the road pay off. Pogo, at his feet, is clearly interested.
We manage to fit three people into the car along with the strawberries.
Wine tasting becomes an evening-long event when so many home-made flavors are on the menu.
The wine/beer/mead tasters relax in the last few rays of sun.
Getting ready for a Father’s Day bike ride.
Evan’s new summer office.
Sweat marks the spot: Evidence that two sweaty post-jog people are nearby
Let the summer veggie processing begin: out with the strawberries, in with the peas.
Pogo, surprisingly, makes friends with our largest resident garter snake.

This is why I miss living in VT in the fall…

I recently posted a photo on facebook that seemed to strike a nerve.  The caption? “This is why I miss living in Vermont in the fall.”  To make my nostalgia worse (or better?), my dad sends me periodic photo updates as the seasons change, harvest is taken in, and places grow and mature.  I asked him to send a few more so I could share them on my blog – in this case, pictures do truly speak better than words.  Thanks Dad!

Photos by Terry Dinnan in Charlotte, VT