We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

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Beltane                                                              Early Growth Moon Got my soil test results back from International Ag. Labs.  I plan to follow their recommendations and have sent an order […]

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Video Phone a Reality At Last!

Spring                                                            Bee Hiving Moon Technological victory today.  Mary (Singapore at 10:00pm), Mark (Ha’il, Saudi Arabia at 5:00 pm) and myself (Andover 9 am) on the same […]

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A Third of the World Between Sibs

Winter(?)                                  First Moon of the New Year Both sibs have sent photographs recently.  Mary has taken several pictures of elephants in a series placed around Singapore.  They’re part of a fund-raiser to help Southeast Asian elephants. Mary lives within […]

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A Reunion

Mid-Summer                                                                                              Waning Garlic Moon As the garlic moon wanes, the leaves of the garlic plants begin to brown from the bottom up.  When half of them are brown, I’ll pull a couple to see how they’re progressing.  I plant more garlic than we use; for some reason it appeals to me as a crop.  Partly […]

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Wanderers

Winter                                                                  New Moon of the Cold Month My brother, Mark, is a traveler, a wanderer, a planet.  He can’t sit still, a powerful urge to move comes over him, an urge with plenty of family reinforcement.  Dad took to the road all the time, as often as he could, as long as he could, even […]

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The Buddha

Lughnasa                                   Full Artemis Moon No.  Not that Buddha.  A small, bald, slightly pudgy baby Buddha.  That was what we called my sister when she was still an infant.  Mary had an inscrutable baldness going for her.  Now she lives in the land of the Buddha, the oldest Buddhism of all, Theravada, and has long since […]

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Expatriate Kin

Beltane                                       Waxing Planet Moon Expatriates.  Both my brother (see below) and my sister live the expat life in Southeast Asia, Mary in Singapore and Mark in Bangkok.  I’ve only been over there once, in 2004, for one month, they have both been there over 20 years.  That’s a long time to live in another culture, […]

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Changes

Fall                           Waxing Dark Moon The leaves have finally changed color in our yard.  It happened almost over night.  Many went dry before they turned, but more have become red, gold, yellow.  The colors of fall are as much a part of our landscape as the snowdrops and daffodils are of spring.   Fall’s color gives us […]

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Where to Buy Japanese Gardening Tools? Home Depot!

69  bar falls 29.56  5mph WNW dew-point 53   Summer, pleasant with fluffy cumulus gathering Last Quarter Flower Moon When in Hawai’i I noticed the Filipino gardeners at the Hyatt had small, sickle like tools.  One of them had a serrated edge down and a cutting edge up.  The other had a slightly curved blade and […]

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Cool House Plants

69  bar rises 29.73  0mph NNW dew-point 57  A summer night                    Last Quarter of the Flower Moon This time period, after the iris bloom and the lilacs have died back, we have annuals like petunias, begonias, geraniums and vinca plus the odd Siberian Iris and peony, not many late June perennials in our garden. We await now the […]

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