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Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Avocado, Gouache and Ink, 2016

Paint Lab – Week 6 – Botanical Illustrations

This week’s lab was inspired by the detailed botanical drawings popular in the 15th through 17th century which typically featured sketches of …

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Deirdre with Polly

Polly’s Plight – Chicken vs. Raccoon

When Jon broached the topic of getting chickens, I actually did some research on the topic.  One thing that all the books …

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Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days at Blithewold Mansion

As I write this post, it is chilly and pouring rain outside — a typical spring day in New England.  I have …

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Getting Dirty

Time For A Dust Bath!

Before my four feathered friend moved into our backyard, I knew very little about chickens and their quirky habits.  Honestly, I had …

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Polly the Chicken

Did I Mention We Have Chickens?

In addition to the cats, hamsters, crabs and fish, we now have 4 pet chickens living in our backyard.  Yes, you read …

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Snow Drops

May Flowers in Rhode Island

They say that April showers bring May flowers.  Although most of April was pretty dry this year, we did have our fair …

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Cross Section of Our Super-Squash

Mystery Solved! And More Pumpkin News…

Many thanks to my aunt, Carole Hamilton, for solving the mystery of the feral squash.  As it turns out, I was on …

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Mystery Squash

Name That Squash

If you read my Feral Pumpkin post, you know that I was convinced that I had giant pumpkins growing out of my …

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Twenty Five Feet of Pumpkin Vines

Taming The Feral Pumpkin

Since I was laid up for a good part of the spring with Lyme Disease, I really didn’t put that much effort …

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Fresh Okra

Around the World in 52 Weeks – Bangladesh

I learned a few things myself this week during our ‘journey’ to Bangladesh.  I had always thought of it as a ‘tiny’ …

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