Monday, June 21, 2021

A Daisy A Day

The daisies currently booming up a storm in my garden made me think of this.
Maine singer/songwriter released A Daisy A Day in 1973. Strunk, who was born in New York, adopted Maine & wrote many songs about his new home. 
Jud Strunk was 45 when he passed away in a plane crash. 
I often heard my grandmother humming this song, when I was a child. 

Daisy A Day
He remembers the first time he met ‘er
He remembers the first thing she said
He remembers the first time he held her
And the night that she came to his bed
He remembers her sweet way of singin'
Honey has somethin' gone wrong
He remembers the fun and the teasin'
And the reason he wrote ‘er this song
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away
They would walk down the street in the evenin'
And for years I would see them go by
And their love that was more than the clothes that they wore
Could be seen in the gleam of their eye
As a kid they would take me for candy
And I loved to go taggin' along
We'd hold hands while we walked to the corner
And the old man would sing ‘er his song
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away
Now he walks down the street in the evenin'
And he stops by the old candy store
And I somehow believe he's believin'
He's holdin' ‘er hand like before
For he feels all her love walkin' with him
And he smiles at the things she might say
Then the old man walks up to the hilltop
And gives her a daisy a day
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Canada Geese & Goslings at Togus Pond


 There was a lot of activity at Togus Pond this morning! We pulled over for a snapping turtle, intending to move her across the road, but then realized she was already in the process of laying her eggs in the sand & gravel at the side to the road, so Doug watched over her until she finished, and had buried the nest, and then he helped her back to the water. 
I heard loons & saw red-winged blackbirds, saw ducks & frogs & finches - but the best was this family of Canada geese. 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Get Ready for the Maine Pottery Tour!

 

After a hiatus due to the pandemic, the Maine Pottery Tour is back! It's happening this year on May 1st & 2nd with 43 studios participating. 

The pottery tour is an opportunity to meet local potters & ceramic artists, see their working spaces, and shop for handmade pottery & other fine handmade goods. It's like Maple Sugar Sunday, only for pottery! 
For a list of participating studios, check out the Maine Pottery Tour website. For a google map you can load into your phone, click here: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.9489129,-71.2854808,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1rGOOjdwHY01lzWp-p8XcS_qjNHGFMjZO

Let me just toss in a plug for my studio, Fine Mess Pottery, where I will be unloading a kiln Saturday morning! 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Seed Order

 It's always a bright moment in my Maine winter, the day I place the order for the seeds from Fedco that will become next year's garden. Usually I prefer to wait until mid-January, when winter is deepest and seems like it will never end, to give me that pinpoint of hope, but I'm told waiting might result in not getting the seeds I want this year, and I do want the varieties I've chosen for good reasons. 


I only have so much space, so every year I am torn between my favorites & trying something new. Here are this year's choices:


Sun Golds - These will always be on my list. They are just The Best: best flavor, most fruit, both earliest & latest tomatoes, and utterly reliable. They are a cherry variety; otherwise I'd be tempted to just fill the garden with them. 


Garden Peaches - Also an early tomato; in Maine the growing season is fairly short, so I've learned not to waste it on 90-day germinators, no matter how amazing they sound. These are yellow, 2-inch tomatoes, very flavorful & pretty in salsa. 


Oregon Spring - New to me this year, and said to be a hedge against a cool summer. 

Pruden's Purple - I think I had these in the garden several years ago, so not entirely new. They are a full size tomato - a whole pound per fruit - with a mere 72-day germination. We shall see whether that rings true.