I’ve been on a sort-of break from work in an attempt to unwind from a year of madness, although so far most of my break has been spent painting, framing art, and doing the work of making this place feel like a home. Our move-in was thrust right in the middle of writing my third book, which at the time meant setting things up as best we could and then getting back to it quickly.
We are not minimalists. We’ve collected an assortment of strange things over the years, and I find comfort and inspiration when I am surrounded by those things. I am visually oriented — my eyes need to dance around a room. I hate plain walls.
Unfortunately, my neck and shoulder is acting up (again), which says to me that it is time to take this whole down time thing more seriously. No more trying to attempt to take a break. I need to take a real break. For REAL!
On that note, I leave you with a selection of garden pics. I’ll be back posting regularly when my neck/shoulder/arm permits it.
‘Rocoto’ hot pepper flower.
‘Plum Frost’ Coleus.
‘Molten Fire’ amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus) and Chiltepin hot pepper in a big container. I bought these tall, colourful pots on sale at Ikea for $4.99 each. Score!
What remains from a scrambled egg lunch: turkey eggs and zucchini flowers with the ends ripped off (the petals went into the meal). The squash flowers are coming in record numbers this year. I’ve been harvesting a dozen every single day since July!
Broom plumes and ‘Scarlet’ runnerbean flowers.
Blue Ensign’ morning glory (Convolvulus tricolor). This is a nice dwarf morning glory that is perfect for pots.