November 30, 2014

It's always fun to walk around the garden in the rain, or after, to see how it has refreshed the plants, soaked the ground and provided drops of water for birds and insects to drink.


I observed the honey bee (above photo) getting nectar from the wet lavatera flower. At...

November 30, 2014

Whenever the sun is out, as long as there is some warmth in the air, honeybees are out and about. Currently their favorite nectar source in our garden are the little flowers blooming on the rosemary hedge. Fortunately there are a lot blooming now.

November 29, 2014

It's always fun to observe birds visiting the container plants in our backyard.


I have yet to identify this bird sitting on the rim of the Indigo Spire salvia plant container, but it suddenly appeared in our garden 2 days ago.


It is the size of a California to...

November 24, 2014

Remember those little Calla lily shoots in my September 20th post?

Well, look at them now, after some very welcome rainfall a few days ago!

This is what they looked like today.


In January I will prune the rose bushes, and that big rose branch that's hanging over...

November 24, 2014

Every winter we look forward to Dungeness Crab season. That's when I  make this tasty seafood soup or stew with Dungeness Crab and Red Snapper, both from sustainably harvested sources. Enjoy it with slices of crusty whole grain bread!


Dungeness Crab and Red Snappe...

November 21, 2014

Usually when it rains most birds take shelter in trees and bushes.


But I'm sure our native birds in California have missed the rain and the gifts it brings, for example water drops on leaves and in flowers, and soaking the soil enough to wash out bugs and worms to be e...

November 16, 2014

Jean-Luc Colombo in his vineyard in Cornas, France


"Les Abeilles" Cotes du Rhone wines are delicious, reasonably priced, and are produced by Jean-Luc Colombo, a progressive and innovative winemaker.

While making good wine, he practices sustainable viticulture, using no...

November 16, 2014

Here is another way to prepare salmon, that is not complicated and absolutely delicious!

I adapted it from a recipe from the Jardiniere restaurant. Serve it with your favorite mashed potato recipe.

This serves 3 people.



1 tablespoon of olive oil

3 peeled gar...

November 13, 2014

This Towhee was happily splashing in one of our birdbaths today.


I thought that the birds wouldn't be interested in our birdbaths now that it is November with cooler temperatures. We also have had many mornings with a lot of condensation from heavy fog. But last weeken...

November 9, 2014


Now that Halloween is past (1 week ago!) , our pumpkins are on their way to completing a full circle, turning to compost for other plants in our garden.


We had a lot of fun carving the pumpkins for Halloween and put tea lights in them that we lit in the evenings.  Aft...

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