Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Learning curve

Not many successful stories in the garden so far. This is probably the only good looking plant. A single potato growing into this strong beautiful plant and we'll see what's in store under the dirt at harvest time. Meanwhile I'm enjoying its green beauty.

I'm learning a lot about soil.

An exhausted soil won't bear healthy edible vegetables.

Soil must be airy, soft and full of organic matter.

You need to FEED the soil with as much compost and other fertilizers you can.

I've been planting worms here and there in my backyard trusting they will enrich my soil. Worms are awesome animals that multiply your soil 5 times in terms of nutrients, etc. And one worm generates 1300 worms over a year. Wow!

I'm now trying some pots at the terrace. I'm preparing soil better this time and there's much more solar light exposure up there than in the backyard. We'll see how those go (I've put sunflower, arugula and chard and some more are coming)

On a bright note: a few lemon seedlings are showing up and that's great joy. I love my lemon tree and I definitely want to share it with the world. I'm blessed with delicious, big, juicy and aromatic lemons every year that I share with my neighbours. Everybody's comment is: the lemons you buy at the shop can't compare with these beauties. What about planting some lemon trees here and there?

One single lemon has 10 potential tress inside. One single tree bears about 150-200 (?) lemons every year. As a new gardener I still marvel at this power and abundance.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Aleah Chapin

The work of painter Aleah Chapin blew my mind away

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tiny house

A few days at the beach, this time dad was not with us but brother/uncle Emi
 We started visiting the Adobe house that emu's friend is building for his family at Barrio El Casal

Then off to my brother's tiny house where we spent a couple sweet days. Cozy, a bit cold, we stayed close to the stove and furnace for heat. Staying physically very close because the apartment is tiny. Just sticking to the bare necessities. It was simply lovely

 Some yummy treats, games, internet, mate...we tend to think that more is better but have you really experienced less? Austerity suits my spirit very well. Just the right amount. Love must abound though!

Love in abundance partly thanks to Lola, the messy dog!

And Mantra the super elegant cat

Mariana's patio is magical for me! Beautiful plants grow from the compost.  It's great to sit there with her and have mate, and talk, and feel all the goodness in life

And it's also beautiful to share "cafe" with my smart and sweet big boy.

And there's my brother who is a handsome man. He drives a 1956 Jeep. (that he proudly tuned up). I love him dearly. We both had the fiercest fights when we were kids and now we're very close. I don;t worry when my kids fight a lot. I trust they will b best friends when they're older.