Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why planting a garden is like painting your bedroom

When I was ten we moved to a new house in Rexdale. It was a four bedroom back-split with a two car garage and a pool in the backyard–much bigger and fancier that our first little house in Weston. The previous owners … Continue reading

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I served my first amuse-bouche

I susbscribe to a daily email from A.Word.A.Day. Every day I receive a miniature newsletter that includes a new word and its definition, plus quotes and linguistic history. I’m sure it sounds dorky, but I really like it. I’m not the only one, … Continue reading

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Even take-out can be beautiful

Yes, chicken can be beautiful. Hamburgers can be gorgeous. A pub can be extraordinarily lovely. If you add flowers, of course. Travelling in Quebec this month, I saw some colourful gardens full of annuals–allysum, geraniums, salvia and more. They were … Continue reading

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‘Tis a gift to be simple

I have visited all kinds of gardens during my sabbatical. I have noticed gardens everywhere I’ve been, too–resaurants, people’s homes, rest stops, public parks. Some of them have been extraordinarily complex, offering a riot of colour or acres of blooms. … Continue reading

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Every garden needs somewhere to sit

I love going on garden tours. They are especially wonderful if they are hosted by the gardener themselves. It’s great to start at one end, and slowly walk from flower to flower, talking over how this one is doing, and how … Continue reading

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Johnny Appleseed

This week, my congregation is hosting “Taste and See that God is Good”, a Vacation Bible School for kids. They are spending five mornings this week exploring food–how it grows, why we need it, and how Jesus used it to teach people … Continue reading

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A tragedy of zucchini proportions

Yes, disaster has come to my garden. And it is not pretty. Our family has been away for ten days, and we are indebted to G. who came every single day to water the garden. Having come through a hot, … Continue reading

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