Wednesday, July 20, 2016
(to be exact: key lime with graham cracker macademia nut crust, blueberry pie, and not pictured: peach/nectarine galettes and another blueberry/lemon verbena pie)
and a window cat
and macademia nut chi chi drinks at forbidden island
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Friday, April 08, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sunday, March 06, 2016
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Monday, January 25, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
some photos from new year's day with marilyn—a sweet start to 2016.
breakfast extravaganza, nyd selfie, a stroll around lake merritt (where we passed this refugees are welcome here poster), and a visit to luka's taproom. fun to walk with and by the other folks walking the lake. walking/hiking is my favorite way to start a new year.
i'm still pondering my word for 2016. last year was new. i did pretty well actually on that one! year before was yes. yes is really a word for every year. but considering some others too—risk, open, adventure, dream (all in the yes theme), let go, acceptance, patience, community, cultivate, tend, attention, appreciation, play, to name a smattering.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Sunday, December 06, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
when your sweetheart is somewhat cardboard obsessed and crazy imaginative/playful, this kind of thing happens—a board game that may be morphing into a puppet theater.
the kinky stringy piece (aka louis) is by marilyn. the top pair are a bit roboty. more pieces. ++#==>>>///•••
Friday, November 20, 2015
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Sunday, November 01, 2015
that sketched plan above was cast aside when we got in the hive. there were so few bees in the hive that we removed both supers (20 frames!). this way the bees have an easier time keeping their hive warm in the winter.
joan and i had the help of her son this time. mini beekeeper!
it looked like a beekeeper massacre on the kitchen floor. we left the scene of the honey robbery pretty quick-like as we all had angry bees buzzing by our heads. as soon as we were indoors, the suits came off in a flurry. those things are hot, especially after dealing with agitated bees.
right now the honey is dripping through the first strainer; it'll strain through a finer mesh after that.
dealing with 10-ish frames of honey turns out to be a lot messier than 3.5 frames.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
this is my first little hunk of beeswax melted from the cappings left over after the honey harvest.
after the wax hardened, i re-melted it with olive and coconut oil. off the burner, i added cardamom essential oil for a warm wintery scent. i added beet root powder for the glosses for a little color. voila! the salves harden very quickly; it's satisfying to watch. more process photos.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
this is honey, the norwegian jeerhon. she's petite and bold. she strikes me as a no nonsense kind of chicken. she's the first of the younger chickens to approach looking for treats when i enter the chicken region of the yard. she was also the first of the young'uns to lay an egg (the little white egg); honey squawked for about three hours pre and post that first egg. loudly. i was wondering what was wrong with her that day. she was probably wondering that too.
i try to match my clothing to her speckles when possible. ;-)
Sunday, September 27, 2015
my first honey harvest went great (i think—not really sure what i'm doing).
joan helped, and it was so much easier to handle the boxes/frames together (though i'm sorry to say, some bees still got smooshed). we only collected three and a half frames (yielding 14 small jars of honey), but we'll do another round soon, and that will be it for this first year of beekeeping! the bees will need the rest of the honey in the hive to get them through the winter. i hope the bees make it through. i only have one hive, and a lot of beekeepers lost about half their hives last winter.
we used the crush and strain method (instead of the centrifugal extractor thing) since we are just doing small batches. (thanks for the tip, jean.) there was very little crushing though. more straining. i'm hoping we didn't add too much uncapped honey. apparently the honey can ferment if one includes too much uncapped honey. (honey is deemed done when it's been capped/sealed by the bees. it has then reached the right water content.)
the honey will be called sötnos honey. sötnos is a Swedish endearment that means sweet nose. label coming soon.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
espresso float (again)
sea music festival at hyde st. pier
also went on a fun field trip to point reyes with lady friends last weekend when it was HOT. ate the requisite dunbar at bovine bakery, wandered around, went to limantour beach, and made it back to berkeley for an early dinner at saul's deli. unplanned, relaxing, and fun.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
every bend, corner, path, and field at philo apple farm is like a storybook. gorgeous. i'm sure it has required plenty of blood, sweat, tears, and thoughtfulness, resources, and family to make it what it is, but as a guest it feels like one is in an easy dream.
laurel and i attended a farm dinner there, with mostly anderson valley locals, and complete with live music. we played ping pong on a cracked and lovely colored table, while lefty the dog herded the ping pong table and us at breakneck speed, to the point of his being drenched and our having to stop out of concern for him. we enjoyed the incredible view of the farm from our room above the kitchen. the next day we ate biscuits and yogurt with philo apple farm jam. then we walked among the redwoods in hendy woods state park and checked out the very—sadly—piddly navarro river, which is dried up in parts due to the drought. and we brought apples and tomatoes and jam and apple vinegar home with us. all around yum.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
a fun day at fitzgerald marine reserve tidepooling and in pacifica eating, lying in the sand, kite flying and visiting the beautiful yonder shop. linda fahey owns the perfectly curated seaside shop, where she also sells her wavy ceramics, whale watercolors, and more.