Category: cottage contents

orchids ’21

There has been a greenhouse in Mr. L’s garden every place we’ve ever lived. And, in that greenhouse there are always orchids of one variety or another. Right now he has several rather spectacular specimens I’d like to feature here:

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4 real french dip

Around here we’re really fond of the traditional “French Dip” sandwich. Most good diners have one on the menu. The French Dip is easy to find when diners are open, quarantine is not in force and social distancing isn’t a thing. So…we haven’t had a good French Dip sandwich for more than a year. This…

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romantic dinner 4 two

The menu for dinner tonight is an artichoke, shrimp, a glass of wine, and the two of us. Simple but elegant in its own way. Cheers!! Prep is simple too. Artichokes: Buy the freshest (tightest) globes available. Trim away leaf points, tops and stems. Place stem end down in your pressure cooker or instant pot.…

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a new white rose

The latest showpiece in our garden is this exquisite white hybrid tea rose. We’ve tried pure white roses before. Most have been rather ho-hum. This one promises a better showing and more substance. Never mind that it was a big-box store special a couple of years back, and I’ve misplaced the label so I can’t…

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a rose garden

Well…here we are! It’s the start of rose season in our garden. The first outpouring of blooms is always spectacular. A couple of the plants offer up flowers the size of dessert plates! Day after day Mr. L brings me beautiful bouquets, each one an out-pouring of his love for me and for his amazing…

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wisteria n’ more

The beginning of the color show around our little cottage home. The wisteria is in full flower. And our first cut of roses is ready to be taken inside, carrying that amazing color and fragrance with it. I’d love to have you drop by for a visit while the garden is in this season of…

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March ’21

Twelve months into “the pandemic” everything has changed, and nothing has changed! This month we celebrated St. Paddy’s Day, the first official day of Spring, Passover and Palm Sunday, plus a couple of birthday’s–mine included. This month my cell phone and my desktop computer both passed away! It goes without saying both were replaced asap,…

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garden bright spot

The Japanese Maple is showing exquisite color. It appears to think it’s autumn, but in fact it does this in the spring and turns gold in autumn. The tiny blossoms produce winged seeds. Spectacular!! The light was just right this evening, even if the garden was not. More light on the maple this year due…

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corn beef n’ cabbage

Would you like to cook something special for St. Patrick’s Day? You don’t need the luck of the Irish! Check out our recipe for corned beef and cabbage. INGREDIENTS 4 pounds corned beefcold water1 sprig thyme, several sprigs parsley bound together1 onion stuck with 6 whole clovespepper2 onions1 whole carrot1 large cabbagebutter INSTRUCTIONS Tie the beef…

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February ’21

This month was exciting to say the least. Oh yes, we were still sheltering in place, locked in, but God… That’s one of my favorite Bible phrases. But God… He’s always either walking with us, or carrying us through. He knows all about us! “Lord, you know everything there is to know about me.You perceive…

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