Shrew and Snail

Curiosity cabinet of books, animals, and art and kitchen experiments

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June 2008

Cooking

Water from the sky!

First of all, it RAINED last night.  Like half an inch.  It was very exciting. The other exciting thing that happened last night was the Dai Due seafood dinner, with all Gulf Coast seafood and local ingredients.  I was a little nervous about the whole thing, having never been to a supper club  ...

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Dogs Gardening

Adventure day

Finally! I wouldn’t say it’s finished, because it’s a small piece of a big project, but at least it looks somewhat finished.  It could use some more granite, but I have done all the loading and unloading of granite that I care to do for now.  I found myself shoveling in the  ...

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Gardening

Inspiration

It’s hot. So I went to Half Price Books and picked up some material for vicarious gardening, and what happens? I get all excited about something and end up outside anyway! Luckily, I restrained myself to container gardening. I found Paraiso Mexicano by Marie-Pierre Colle really inspiring,  ...

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Gardening

A quiz

There is a tree that came with this house that I can’t really identify. It’s a deciduous conifer, so I assume it’s a cypress, but it’s all weepy. I’ve looked around to see what it is, and my hypothesis is the “cascade falls” cypress. Anyone seen this  ...

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Birdwatching Photography

At long last

I finally got around to dealing with photos from our amazing trip with BT’s family to New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in December of 2006 , where thousands of snow geese, sandhill cranes, and ducks winter.  It had been on my list of places to go birding for a  ...

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Uncategorized

Done planting!

BT worked so hard in the garden today!  After double-digging the old parsley patch, we now have even MORE peppers (I think we have 10 total, they are Mr. New Mexico’s favorite), 2 garlic chive plants, and seeds in for pole beans, Malabar spinach, sorrel, and acorn squash.  Any tips on  ...

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Dogs Gardening

Vegetable garden re-haul

From left: Kitty, Sweetpea, Pepper, Coaly, BT. Squash vine borers ate the zucchini plant from the inside out, the parsley went to seed, and we finally harvested the crop of tiny onions.  We figured it’s late to plant, but we might as well try!  Thanks to volunteering and learning from the  ...

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