A Garden Transformation

When you live in a small residential community, the homes and the landscaping around them often look very similar, especially if the community is governed by a Home Owners Association. Wishing to have a garden that would distinguish our house from the other forty-nine in our gated community, my husband and I decided to hire […]

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A Blogger’s Anniversary

Five years ago, I sat at my laptop and wrote “Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life” as a tag line for Back Road Journal. I asked you to spend a few minutes of your day with me and I would share life’s little discoveries I’ve enjoyed while traveling the back roads of New […]

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The Pillars Hotel…A Secret No More

If you find a hidden gem when traveling, you might be tempted to keep it a secret.  Other times you want to share your discovery with just one friend, which is how last year my husband and I discovered The Pillars Hotel, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I wrote about our stay there in my post Yacht […]

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The Colors Of Summer

Towards to end of summer, the gardens at our cottage are a blaze of color. You might say it is their last hurrah. The vegetable garden is just coming into its’ prime with ripening tomatoes and large basil plants whose leaves are just waiting to be made into pesto. Birds are picking at the Rudbeckia […]

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Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes, Capers and Red Onion

In the summer, I prefer to eat simply prepared food with lots of fresh ingredients from the garden. Pasta is a dish that everyone loves and this recipe shows off the great flavor of perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes. It is enhanced with lots of fresh herbs along with capers and red onion. Whether cooking for […]

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It’s a Pesto Kind of Day

It’s a pesto kind of day. Actually it started last night with severe storm warnings. We were lucky and just got very heavy rain and high winds that lasted about thirty minutes and then the storm ended quickly. The morning was still windy but sunny. Looking over the vegetable and herb gardens, Mother Nature didn’t […]

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A Gardener’s Update

People that enjoy gardening spend lots of time outdoors in all kinds of weather, be it good or bad. The work they do digging, planting, weeding and watering is a labor of love. To people who don’t enjoy gardening, it is hard, dirty work that they try to avoid at all cost. Gardeners endure a […]

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So little time, so much change

We call Orchard Hill Farm in New Hampshire home even though we usually spend six months of the year at our cottage in Maine. We return home often to keep up on what is happening there. My work in the orchard is done this time of the year. The pruning is finished and we no longer spray. […]

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Siberian Iris pleasure without work

Siberian Iris give me so much pleasure without any work on my part. As a matter of fact, the only thing I do to my several beds of Iris at our New Hampshire house each year is to mow them down at the end of fall. Each spring after the snow melts, their young sprouts […]

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Monet’s Garden On A Rainy Day

Today as I look out the window of our lakeside cottage in Maine at the mist and drizzle, I’m thinking of all the people who are here visiting for the first time. I do hope the weather clears up for them and that they get to see and do all the outdoor adventures they have […]

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