We’ve returned from our Winter Break in the desert, Palm Springs to be explicit. There are words and images in the works related to said adventure. But on this Wednesday evening when the only motivation for my son to appear on a semi daily basis at school is the loss of the what appears to be extremely addictive WOW, LOL and the more social Magic the Gathering and my anticipation of dental surgery in the morning which is really about not being able to have coffee in the iv it felt point on to play around with the format of this blog. The changes are truly minor but daunting when you want to avoid the majority of what one should be focused on. I’m not sure I like the links appearing way on down, a bit further now, on the page. The multiple fonts, now that’s a plus. I leave you with the look, but pleasantly not the sounds of Lawrence Welk.
I spent many a summer week with the run of my grandparent’s ranch four miles West of Petaluma. It started with a great-grandparent and a bunch of cows. According to my grandmother’s note on the back of this particular image the center building was the dairy where the milk was set out in pans during the day, the cream later skimmed off. Pasteurization, what’s that?
I’m still in theory waiting for Summer. While in holding out mode a friend pointed out some Maple leaves that had turned, as in bright red. I’m not ready for this, I want a few more tomatoes, cucumbers and the like and yet I found myself at The Seed Bank in Petaluma accumulating a variety of seeds to get in the ground this month. I know the planting will drift right on into September as I still think August should mostly be about harvesting. In the meantime there is always watering and weeding.
The Seed Bank is the West Coast home, literally an old bank building of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds out of Mansfield, Missouri. Their catalog is visually inspiring but there is something to being able to fondle those little packets of promise. I will be planting all of the above.
Baker Creek’s website is http://rareseeds.com/
Post 4th of July weekend I went over to Peggy and Dave’s house, spent some time in their garden and shot a few images. They bought their San Rafael home in the 1960’s and have been outside making their yard thrive ever since. Purslane often ends up pulled and tossed as a weed. A better option for Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea is to eat it. It’s one of the varietals intentionally found in their garden. As a salad green, in soups or a stir fry Purslane is one of the best sources for Omega 3 fatty acids, E, C, beta carotene and is even high in protein. Endorsed, well at least eaten as a vegetable by Native Americans prior to Colonial discovery. All that and a pretty plant too.