Yup, He’s Orthodox

Today is St. Patrick’s Day – a huge secular feast day in America, and one that has huge religious roots.  It is seen as an Irish-based holiday, and indeed most all of the people I encountered today here in the heart of Massachusetts had green on (and I was...

Day 37: Vegetables

One of my favorite topics!  As you can see from the subject, this is day 37 of the exercise, so we have three more days until Christmas.  And as I write this – late December in Massachusetts – I have three crops still growing to yield in our garden –...

Day 31: Glog, Grog or Wassail

Today Fr. Peck has us blogging about holiday drinks.  I am going to freelance a little because I think for Christmas this year I will debut our new homemade wine.  Our grapevine this year – its second full year – produced grapes.  As we did last year, my...

The Garden

Our assignment today is to talk about soil.  When we think of our faith or of scripture we naturally think of the parable of the sower, where we can identify either with the sower – we need to take care where we plant – as well as the soil – are we...

Harvesting Fennel Seeds

We are approaching mid-November and the garden is pretty much done for the year.  Except for some celery that is still going strong, the other fruits, vegetables and herbs have been harvested.  This doesn’t mean the work has ended – I have to get...

Sprouting Celery

Today is the third day of spring, but who’s counting?  I grew up in New England until the age of 18 and then spent ten years in Virginia; my body has never adjusted back to the weather up here.  After picking up gardening a few years ago I found a new...