A walk in the garden

I didn’t spend too much time in the small garden abutting the redwoods of the Jack Hume Grove in Vacaville. The flowers were few, and the sun was very bright when I arrived, not long after 12 noon. But a few colorful autumn blooms did catch my eye as well as the attention of some insects. Sadly, although there were […]

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An apple with many seeds

The pomegranate fruit may seem fairly intimidating to those of us accustomed to bananas and apples, but they have long been used in cooking and they pack a serious nutritional punch. The pomegranate plant originated in the arid climates of the Middle East — in fact they were one of the eastern Mediterranean’s first domesticated fruit trees — but have […]

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Murer House Garden

Guiseppe Murer (1885-1972) was a leading citizen in Folsom from the time he first arrived in the early 1900s. He personally constructed or refurbished several of the structures along Folsom’s Sutter Street while still finding time to work in his gardens, regularly harvesting crops like asparagus, cherries, walnuts, and grapes. This historic house and property are being restored and preserved […]

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Memory Monday, Week 16

Japanese Garden inside The Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C. On the Queen of Alberni, ferry to Vancouver, BC.  My dad took the picture on the bottom right, below, to show how hard the wind was blowing — the Canadian flag was  standing straight out. State capitol building in Olympia, Washington. (I apologize for the poor quality of the images — I […]

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