Category: Homemaking

Fall is here

Fall has arrived bringing a cool, foggy, sunless morning. This is my fourth fall season at Biddan Ridge and I slowly find a rhythm. For many months, I get up on Saturday mornings and go to a two-hour yoga class. This morning instead, I baked a large Honey Crisp apple tossed with dried cherries and

Organizing

My butlers’ pantry is one of the absolute high points of this home. It allows me to store almost everything regarding the house with the exception of the Christmas tree and the ornaments. It allows me to keep clean and clear kitchen counters. It also allows me to reach items that I use frequently with

Leeks

My approach to gardening is benign neglect. The outcome of such loving disregard is that sometimes things behave in an unexpected and undocumented manner. Leeks, apparently, are not supposed to self-propagate. I bought perennial leeks from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange in November 2012. Those original leeks self-propagated and I replanted those pups. This past fall,

Ginger Love

We live in the country, eight miles from town which is to say eight miles to the grocery store. While we don’t have a truck or a gun, we have acreage. And now, we have a dog. Meet Ginger Rogers. She is a rescue dog that we adopted from the Alachua County Animal Shelter. We

Firestarters

A goal for Biddan Ridge is to be increasingly self sufficient. Grow some of my own food. Plant a small orchard that produces a variety of fruits and nuts. And to utilize things off my property is a sustainable way. I compost from my kitchen and have been able to draw fresh compost for replanting

Time Flies

I last posted in July. July. J.U.L.Y.! Shameful. So much has been going on. I realized that gardening, specifically a food garden, in the summer is impossible. Insane. After returning from our trip to London, with a swift jaunt out to a well-known ring of ancient stones, work and life got crazy-busy. The Oldest went

Fire starters

With sixteen long leaf pines, I usually have an abundance of pine cones. Somehow I missed the major dropping and didn’t get any cones collected before the holidays but today, while out watering all the fruit trees, pecans and olives, I discovered three late droppers. I collected a bucket full of opened pine cones. Read

Front manicure

The front porch is planted with pink lorapetalum. They are 15 months in the ground and in need of a trimming. I trim by hand with hand nippers. I do this mostly because I lack the mechanized shrubbery trimmer or shearing equipment that runs on electricity or gasoline. I also now attest that I do

Returning home

Being away from home is hard because home is so truly awesome and amazing. I planned it that way. I planned it to be my little castle; a place I can retreat to, pull up the drawbridge and unwind, relax and be at ease. But, sometimes one must leave town and last week I truly

Weeded

I spent yesterday morning weeding out this bed beside the driveway. Today I ordered fresh pine straw for mulching. I need to weed along the ‘beard wall’ and one of the rear daylily beds that is infected with dollar weed and then I will be caught up for another 6 months.   Read moreThe key

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