|This is the raised bed garden as seen from the|
dining room windows; we plan to add 2 more tanks
http://www.heirloomtomatoplants.com/ This link is to Laurel's Heirloom Tomato Plants. Several years ago, we went to the Tomato Fest at Carmel, CA. It was wonderful -- the food featuring heirloom tomatoes was prepared by top local restaurants, several wine cellars had tasting stations, and then there was the tent with 300+ varieties to taste (see picture below):
|look closely & you'll see the snow flurries|
Ok, I'll reveal what I've been doing with the chickens this winter. They have been in training with a German trainer and here is the result...magnificent, isn't it?
Hee Hee Hee Hee...don't I wish! I know I'd be on David Letterman's Stupid Animal Tricks segment for sure!
And finally, I'm an avid reader all year, but with reduced outside activity around the ranch, winter is the best time to curl up with a great book any time of day. One night on TV I watched a movie with Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes called The Duchess. I loved the movie and the main character, the Duchess of Devonshire, who was a brilliant political strategist --- one of the first females allowed this kind of power in the English political structure & credited with being one of the first to refine political messages for mass communication. It was so fascinating that I was compelled to follow up by reading an excellent historical biography about the Duchess of Devonshire, Georgiana Spencer, who was quite a complex woman. For those Anglophiles, Georgiana was a relative of Princess Diana (Spencer). For those of you who enjoy historical biographies, you will appreciate this book; Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman.