April 15, 2015



Scenes from my Springtime garden.



April 13, 2015



A new self-portrait,
the first I've taken in well over a year.

It feels fitting
to be reflected in the window
overlooking the backyard garden
that I have spent so much time in
and have so come to love.

This is me, now.



April 9, 2015





April 8, 2015



Some sweet reads
for Springtime-lovers
of all ages
(old favorites that I re-read each year,
as well as a few new ones
that I've lately been enjoying):

The Secret Garden (with illustrations by Inga Moore)
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life
Outside Your Window
A Year in Brambly Hedge





April 6, 2015



I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Spring has truly sprung here.



April 1, 2015



When I am walking
though a landscape
as powerful as this one,
I do not get tired.

We hiked for miles,
beside the river
and up into the hills;
as the ground rose
and the sunlight filtered down
I only felt
like I could go farther,
that each step
brought me energy
and renewal.



March 30, 2015



I won't soon forget
this view from our window,
even as some Springtime rains
came through recently
and turned these fleeting blossoms
to pink snow
on the ground.



March 24, 2015



Spring trees!



March 11, 2015



The coolest blue,
and the brightest green-gold--
we took a weekend trip away
to the place where we were married,
back to visit
for the first time
since our wedding.



March 9, 2015



Folkloric,
in many ways,
has simply become,
my own little journal of the seasons--
and I am alright with that.

These are photos from my yard and garden,
and when I look at them
I feel honored to have this bit of earth to tend.



March 4, 2015



Dark
& light.



March 2, 2015



The difference
that a week or two makes!



February 26, 2015



It's feeling so Spring-like
here in Washington,
but I know that the East Coast
is still buried under snow!

Whatever your weather,
do you need something
subtly ferocious
and utterly captivating
to read during these in-between days?

Then check out
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels
(I, II, and III;
the final book in the quartet
will be coming out
in September).

And after you do,
please come back
and discuss them with me,
because I cannot get them out of my head.




February 23, 2015



Instrumental Mix IV!
See I, II, and III.
I love making these mixes,
and listen to them all the time.
I hope you enjoy this new one.


Mulberry, Mauve, & Gold - February 2015

+Lover's Desire - Anaïs Mitchell
+Silo Song (Instrumental) - Laura Veirs
+Jump Up Jon - Black Prairie
+Tokka - Agnes Obel
+Skylark Herald's Dawn - James Blackshaw
+Breton An Dro - Maggie Sansone
+Cincinnati Traveler - Hem
+Kensington Blues - Jack Rose
+Sexfaldur - Amiina
+Tuireadh nan Hiortach - Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
+Guitar 13 - Clogs
+Tip Toes - Essie Jain
+Alone In Kyoto - Air
+Sun Will Set - Zoë Keating
+Masollan - Balmorhea
+Bunkhouse Theme - Bob Dylan




February 18, 2015



As we move through
our first Winter in this house
it has felt like
our backyard has given us
a suprise
every week.

In the frenzy of the Fall,
I had no idea
that this spindly-looking tree
was actually
a steadfast Witch-hazel
until it began to unfurl
it's wirey red clusters
in early January.

I put my head back
and marvelled
and laughed out loud at the discovery.

The camellia buds out back are swelling,
and who knows what color they will be
when they finally burst forth?




February 16, 2015



I really fell in love with holly this Winter.