Environment

GRAFTING A BRAND-NEW, ANTIQUE ORCHARD

Saturday was workout for the windshield wipers as I drove through fog and rain to Weston’s Antique Apple Orchards in the Prospect Hill Settlement Historic District of New Berlin, Wisconsin.  I went to learn how to graft antique apple trees onto modern, semi-dwarf root stock. Weston’s Orchards is one of […]

GIVING OUR ANNIVERSARY THE RASPBERRY

Yesterday was Doug’s and my 32nd anniversary.  It is serendipitous that our anniversary is also Earth Day, but it makes a fantastic reminder of the values that drew us together in the first place.  This year we celebrated by planting our raspberry patch. According to Growing Raspberries in Wisconsin,  “with […]

CAN ANTS SAVE THE WORLD?

Today I’m posting a link to an article I wrote for Isthmus, the weekly newspaper in Madison WI. This was their lead story for the Earth Day issue, and I’m quite proud of it. The long, windowless room is uncomfortably warm and humid. The counters and shelves are filled with […]

A NEW LAPTOP DESK FROM SCRAPS

Green guidelines urge us to recycle and even better reuse.  I did just that this week.  Doug never throws out a nice piece of wood, and so he kept the old shelf when we redid our coat closet.  It was stained that dark color so popular 90 years ago, then […]

SPRING CLEANING CLUTTER

April 2.   The temperature floated up into the 70s in Madison Wisconsin yesterday.  Time to think about spring cleaning.  For me its time for more.  We are planning the house we will build on our land. It will be a lot smaller than our current house. It’s time to declutter.  […]

KWIK TRIP POND

We call it The Pond, but that term probably evokes a much grander water body than it actually is. The previous owner built a little dam across the end of a ravine and lined the basin with clay from the neighboring field.  He never actually found the spring he expected, […]

FROG SONG

The snow has receded to tiny patches on northern hill slopes.  The plates of ice are floating on the mostly-open surface of the pond, and that has freed the Western Chorus Frogs, who began singing three days ago. These are tiny little frogs no bigger than the tip of a […]