Category Archives: garden

Growing old digitally

My birthday was marked in a way that wouldn’t have been possible ten years ago: 78 greetings via Facebook; one ecard; an email; a what’s app message; and two text messages. I also received a parcel via Amazon, and an … Continue reading

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Hot enough to set alarm bells ringing

The smoke alarms went off at 1am, waking me and probably the whole of Itchy Ankle. I tumbled out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen where I stood naked on a kitchen chair to rip the alarm from the … Continue reading

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This week by the water

I am like a mother who can’t limit the number of darling baby pictures she will post on Facebook. I am as bad as the crazy cat lady who provides minute by minute updates on the lives of Squiffy and … Continue reading

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Seven Days of Bliss

This was a great week. I got to see my son and hold his baby girl. My daughter won a job interview with one of the world’s biggest and best known companies. I began to work on a project that … Continue reading

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Things we do in Itchy Ankle

Much has been written about what people do in NYC. There is a list outlining how people spend their time in Washington DC. Although Gretel will tell you that nothing ever happens in Itchy Ankle, this is what we do here: Bemoan … Continue reading

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Intrigue in the Garden

Pegotty’s pond has tadpoles and one frog. My pond has only one frog, who I am choosing to believe is the neighborhood Casanova, offering what might be described as a hop on-hop off service. Certainly, his beautiful green jaw and … Continue reading

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Summer garden party for 20

It is all going terribly well.  There was a moment of panic on Thursday of course when I thought I’d lost my credit card. How was I to buy the comestibles for this weekend’s party? It turned out to be … Continue reading

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Day Lilies of Delight

I made a pot of Irish minestrone–no pasta, extra potato.  Over-eating inside the house is now being matched by excess outdoors. The squirrels have discovered how to knock the top off the birdhouse. They now scale the post, and dive … Continue reading

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Memories–made of this.

Last night, I came home to find a humming bird beating the bees off the bee balm, a pair of mallards and their gay uncle basking by the pond, and our frog enjoying the sun while he sat on a … Continue reading

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Our Garden: More Ghetto than Grotto.

Peggoty’s garden pond is something special.  Water streams  from a  giant pearly shell into the crystalline deep. Fairy fronds of bright green weed trail artistically across the water’s calm and alluring surface. Silvery shafts of sunlight bounce off the surrounding stones and … Continue reading

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