Category Archives: Garden Chic

An Altercation on Pleasant Street

From this blog’s 2012 beginnings, I’ve used “Pleasant Street” as a metaphor for places of peace and serenity.  I wove this metaphor into my personal quest to move home and live life on my own terms in this small place.  … Continue reading

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Grandpa Ott is Everywhere

We had a magnificent thunderstorm last night, with sky-cracking lightning and crashing thunder; rain in torrents!  It was a perfect ending to my birthday, which I celebrated with little fanfare.  I will not bore you with the details, but only … Continue reading

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Cordially Yours

A few weeks ago, I went to Nezinscot Farm in Turner to interview their chef, Ashley Wiencek, about her work in their café kitchen.  I had been to Nezinscot Farm before and had missed the intrigue and magic I found … Continue reading

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The Weight of Memory

If my home were a bed and breakfast and I had a website with pictures, one of my spare bedrooms might be described as “The Memory Room.” “The Memory Room is ideal for the ‘morning person.’  Bright sunlight streams through … Continue reading

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The Flowers of Life

Last Sunday, the “Basilica Brides” piece ran in the Lewiston Sun Journal.  My lovely neighbors, Dot and Alfred (Breezy) Galgovitch were one of the couples featured in the article.  The front page of the “B” section showed them in early … Continue reading

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Into the Cosmos

This spring, I planted a package of Cosmos flower seeds in a small garden bed adjacent to the back steps.  This spot is also home to a Stella de Oro daylily and a late-blooming hibiscus.  Last summer’s Grandpa Ott morning … Continue reading

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This is How the Story Ended

As some blog readers might recall, I started some moonflowers from seed in April.  I tried to grow them last year but they didn’t amount to anything. Interestingly enough, I grew them one summer, in pots on my chicken coop-sized … Continue reading

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