Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages: please refresh your browsers. I am pleased to report that the site has been redesigned! All of the praise goes directly to Davin Risk who is wholly responsible for the work that has been done so far, including the gorgeous illustrations and hand drawn type.
In the coming weeks we will be making many more changes to the site, some that you will notice (the archives are temporarily unavailable but will be rebuilt shortly) and others that will improve use of the site but will be largely unseen.
Until then, here are some of the changes that have occurred so far:
The winners of “The Backyard Parables“ by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden have been randomly chosen and confirmed.
2 from the comments: Tina K and Melissa
1 from the newsletter: Joann H
You can sign up for my free weekly email newsletter over here.
The newsletter has been going now for three weeks. If you’ve joined, I’d love to hear feedback. Are you enjoying them? How do you like the extra non-gardening features? Is there something missing that you’d like to see?
The winners of the five-pack of Italian heirloom seed varieties have been randomly chosen. They are:
From the site: Comment #96 Ashley
From the newsletter: Member #81 Colleen
If you visited early, I have also written about the five varieties that were chosen.
I plan to do more giveaways to members of the email newsletter (sometimes exclusively) over the coming season. You can sign up for it over here.
For years I published a regular, email newsletter filled with site updates, pictures, contests, stories, and assorted garden-related ramblings… and then I stopped. People wrote to ask where the newsletter went and if I was okay and all I could think was, “It’s in my brain. If only I could will it from my brain and into the computer screen.”
After a five year hiatus I have decided to resurrect the newsletter. Joining is completely free. There is no obligation to join; however, be informed that there will be much commiserating over terrible weather, **frolicking in sunny fields of flowers, and hootenannies that you will not want to miss.
You can expect bi-weekly, weekly updates of:
- recent site updates and articles
- workshops and events
- interesting links
- newsletter-only perks
- anything else that I think you’ll enjoy
I hope you will join me and I will try my best to make it worth your while!
[About the photo: The above photo depicts roses harvested from my garden in early August 2012. The varieties are two climbers and one bush: 'Westmoreland' (orange & pinkish), 'Night Owl' (black/purple), and ‘Graham Thomas’ (yellow-orange). I purchased the vintage lithographed bowl from an etsy shop called Scout and Rescue.]
**The management regrets to inform you that they can not guarantee nor provide frolicking, fields of flowers, and/or hootenannies at this time.
I spent the day harvesting some of the last vegetables from the garden and photographing them. As this was happening I prepared jars for preserving, had pots of salsa verde and apple sauce on the stove, and packed several jars full of herbed salt. It was a busy day of multi-tasking, but I don’t mind. This is some of my favourite work.
Speaking of photography: This coming Saturday I will be giving a short presentation on photographing food at the Blissdom Canada conference. Will you be attending? Please don’t hesitate to say hi if you are. Few people realize that while I love to talk and give presentations, I am crippled by shyness at conference parties and “mixers.” I can not mingle or work a room to save my life!
These aren’t the last of the tomato harvest, but it is getting very close.