Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden Update

Some irises have appeared! It was a nice surprise- I didn't know there were irises in the backyard.Here's how the herb and lettuce beds look freshly seeded. Now don't let appearances fool you, because below the surface of this dirt lies a holy mammoth of eager seeds! Here's the plan:There is a little tiny blue finch in the backyard, and she lives inside this little dead tree. She's feeding tiny babies somewhere in there. I went to see if I could see them, but I didn't.
At the moment I was snooping about trying to see into the tree, she landed beside me and asked, "weee oooo? weeee oooo?" It was the sweetest little song. She sang awfully politely given that I was sticking my nose in her house. She had a fly for her babies.
There are also baby birds underneath the backdoor overhang! Sometimes I stand next to the backdoor on the inside and listen to them peep. I thought there were four- but looking at this picture I see another little beak- that makes five!
Aww! You guys are so cute! That's all I've got for now on the garden update.

On Friday we went to listen to Sergei Boutenko at Glen's cafe. That's Glen on the left then me, Sergei, and Steve.
Sergei's traveling about sharing info on foraging for wild edible greens. Wild greens are free, super-nutritious, and often grow like weeds! Here's an educational page on his website. Also, in case you haven't come across his mother Victoria's book, here are some Green Smoothie recipes to add to your own magical mystery tour.

Yesterday Steve and I celebrated a friend's Romanian wedding. It started out with a many hour Greek Orthodox ceremony in a small Brooklyn church. When the ceremony was over they broke out homemade wine and sweetbread amidst the pews, and we all imbibed next to golden icons. At the reception we danced to accordions and such! I learned that a Romanian celebration involves holding hands in a circle and spinning around endlessly for hours so that you may laugh in waves and yell, "HAY!!!" just because.


  1. Awesome...gaze into Irises, love natures babies, forage and drink amazing green stuff, dance in circles laughing...turn off your mind relax and float downstream... it is not dying.
    Thanks for the great recipe.
    Love & Live it up Beauty!

  2. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous slice of life. The beauty & humor that you always share & put out into the world is as lovely as those Irises, although, come to think of it, I have not heard an Iris laugh before... I just realized the difference in the word heard and heart is the last letter. Sometimes typos become a portal into the mystic....

  3. OOOH Marguaritte,
    I think you are on to something.
    Typos being portals into mystic.
    How cool!

  4. ...we heard it here with our heart!

  5. I tried to hear the irises laugh today, Margot, but no luck! I'll have to listen better- I'm sure they do!

  6. Yes, especially those brown irises, called bearded irises arn't they? With a name like that, you know that gotta be laughing...