Monday, March 14, 2011

Spring Planting

Living in southern CA means land comes at a premium, especially in the town where I live...there's a high price for that ocean breeze and great schools and a 10 minute commute for that guy that I like so much.

Our little house on our little street truly is little at 1200 sq feet, but in a place where we can keep our windows open all but a few weeks out of the year, it's the price we pay.

A half million dollar price, believe it or not. Sigh.

But when God plants you somewhere, what are you gonna do...aside from smiling and making it home.

OK...and complain a little bit.


My friend Ambra who lives in Rome tells great stories of shopping daily in the market and cooking up beautiful meals and eating in her gloriously large backyard, which they call 'il giardina', which translates to 'the garden'.

Gloriously large in the heart of Rome is smaller than my backyard (by half), but thanks to her, we now lovingly call our backyard our 'garden' because of her.

This year, we are trying something a little different...rather than plant the same sort of big vegetable garden that I normally do, that guy that I like so much has figured out a way to piece meal it all together.

He put together all sorts of ways for us to squeeze it while we are enjoying our spring and summer meals outside, we'll be surrounded not just by flowers, but by tomatoes and cukes and radishes and green beans. All nestled in amongst the fruit trees and herbs.

And one hollow pumpkin.


And to make me feel like I am in Italy, a big barrel filled with a broom plant and wild daisies.


I have Spring Fever in a big, big way.


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