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About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.

Spring? Anyone seen Spring?

  So it snowed today.  No accumulation…just snowflakes floating down all morning.  Sigh.  It is gray and raw and very unSpringlike and it is April!  A few brave little green sprouts are emerging but I haven’t even raked out the beds. … Continue reading

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The Tradition Goes On

Many of you who follow this blog may remember that in early March of 2014, our dog Fergus was diagnosed with spleen cancer.  His future was very uncertain and I wondered if he would see another St.Patrick’s Day. He did.  Here he is … Continue reading

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Some Good News

Hello and Happy New Year!   The bitter cold weather that had descended upon us in mid December seems to be gone and we are having  more typical winter weather.  It is a relief to be sure….it was just TOO cold!  But is … Continue reading

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Winter Has Arrived

Winter, it appears, has arrived at Brookwood Shire…bringing snow, ice, frigid temperatures, grey skies and dark days.  A big change after the mild Fall we had,   and not my favorite season.  It is always a bit of a shock. Luckily, most … Continue reading

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The Kitchen So Far

As I mentioned awhile ago, we are planning to do some work on our kitchen.  I have wanted a cottage kitchen for as long as I can remember.  I had thought I would have one in Ireland…but that didn’t work out.  So I am determined … Continue reading

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Bumps in the Road

It has been such a long time since I have been able to write.  Part of that is due to having too many projects, but part of it is because, while Fergus was quite content to nap quietly as I … Continue reading

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Summer Fades

  Summer is fading.  It is darker in the mornings..and cooler.  Acorns are falling.  Random spots of color are appearing in the trees.  Leaves float gently on the breeze.  The cycle of Nature continues. I can not say where summer went….it … Continue reading

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