To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. Book of Ecclesiastes
Every main season in my four-season climate contains many micro-seasons of varying length.read more
Margaret Boyles lives in a wood-heated house in central New Hampshire. She grows vegetables, keeps chickens, swims in a backyard pond in summer, snowshoes in the surrounding woods in winter, and commutes by bike whenever possible.
Elderberries! The branches of these humble roadside and streambank shrubs, festooned in June with flat-topped clusters of airy white flowers, now drip with gorgeous, deep-purple clusters of berries.read more
Whenever we eat at the other one’s house, my sister Patty (we call her Pad) and I invariably exclaim that the meal was better than anything we could have eaten anywhere in the world that day. We aren’t just being polite.read more
Among the many benefits of living in a small town like mine: the sense of safety and psychological well-being that come from knowing the folks you can rely on in emergencies or when you need something done you can’t do yourself.read more
The world has burst into bloom. The forsythia and daffodils have faded, but azaleas, lilacs, flowering quince, cherry and apple trees (both wild and cultivated), the invasive but sweet-scented autumn olive, dandelion, lawn violets and many more have exploded with color and fragrance.read more