Elderdog Plant Sale Tomorrow 1-3

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There will be a varied assortment of plants and seeds to share at The Carriage House in Port Hawkesbury tomorrow 1-3.

Only 3 Dorothy Perkins roses are available so come early if you want one.

There will be plenty of summer garlic for eating or planting and heirloom French Pumpkin starts.

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Robert Reich Explains The Trump-Putin Problem

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Underlying everything about the Trump-Russian connection is the inviolable fact – which all our intelligence agencies agree on – that Putin attacked our democracy at its core, and he could do so again.

Yet our president -- the commander-in-chief, who took an oath to protect America – has consistently sought to deny or minimize this fact, and to obstruct investigation of it. If Putin had attacked us with bombs instead of bots, Trump’s intransigence would be treason.

Here’s a part of Comey’s testimony yesterday that struck me deeply: “The reason this is such a big deal: We have this big messy wonderful country where we fight with each other all the time,

But nobody tells us what to think, what to fight about, what to vote for, except other Americans. And that’s wonderful and often painful.

But we're talking about a foreign government using technical intrusion, lots of other methods, tried to shape the way we think, we vote, we act. That is a big deal. And people need to recognize it.

It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. They’re coming after America, which I hope we all love equally.

They want to undermine our credibility in the face of the world. They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them.

So they’re going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That’s what this is about, and they will be back.

Because we remain – as difficult as we can be with each other – we remain that shining city of the hill. And they don’t like it.”

What do you think?


June 4–11, 2017, Is National Garden Week - Doing Our Part For World Peace

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It's Rhubarb Season

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Right now I am enjoying Rhubarb Crumb Bars. I made it using the recipe for my seasonal favourite Blueberry Crumb Bars, see link below. Just sub chopped rhubarb for blueberries and adjust the spices to taste.

There are a couple of pints of chopped rhubarb in the freezer for fall to spring baking.

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Elderdog Strait Area Plant Sale 1 - 3 Saturday, 10 June 2017

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Carriage House Parking Lot

1 - 3 Saturday, 10 June 2017

825 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury

New to gardening? Have a problem? Ask a gardener.

Bring any garden items that you want to give away, swap or sell.

There will be flowers, lettuce, asparagus, tomatoes, blackberry canes, leeks, hostas, seeds and much more.

Can't make it? Items can be dropped off ahead of time.

Looking for something in particular? Just ask.

Reference library will be available.

Everyone welcome! Even if you don't garden, just drop in for a visit.

Proceeds will go to support Elderdog Strait Area Pawd.

As a registered charity, all donations above $20.00 are eligible to receive income tax receipts.

Someone is making portable salad boxes for purchase. The rest of us will be providing the plants and seeds to go in them.


Covfefe. That says it all.

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Cast Of Characters In The Trump Administration

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As more information is gleaned in the saga of Trump's spurious election and his subsequent, cruel, self-aggrandizing, chaotic administration, the list of people involved in ferreting out misdeeds and those who did those deeds is growing.

Are you having trouble keeping track of them all? It seems to change daily. The people involved span not only the Republican party but also several Federal agencies and a few other countries. To make things yet more complicated, sometimes the good guys are also bad guys, or is it the other way around? The situation is in flux.

Some politicians are outing members of their party, others are loyal to the very bitter end. There is a certain amount of cya going on. The ending is clear for some of them and they are trying to mitigate the damage to themselves and their woebegone party.

Click on the link to CNN that I posted below to help figure out who is who in this big mess. (And people wondered why I was so adamantly against Trump in the runup to the election. Do you get it now?)

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Asparagus Lasagna

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The asparagus is providing an abundance of spears now that we've had rain and warmth. The spears are piling up.

There was a half box of lasagna noodles on the pantry shelf, a few mushrooms lingering in the fridge and chopped leeks in the freezer from the spring harvest.

I sauteed the mushrooms, asparagus (cut in 1" pieces on the bias) and leeks, made up 2 cups of thin bechamel (2% milk) with a splash of white wine and a little nutmeg, plucked a couple of small sprigs of thyme and layered it all in my rice cooker's slow cooker insert, with enough sauce on the bottom to cover. I shredded a little of 3 different cheeses that I happened to have on hand and put the last of that on top.

No need to cook the lasagna noodles, they will soften in the sauce as it cooks. (Break the pieces to fit the slow cooker.) Better yet, assemble it the night before and give it an extra 1/2 hour to cook.

After cooking on high for 2 1/2 hours, it was ready to eat. It was good!

A little leftover ham or bacon or even prosciutto would give it a little extra protein, it doesn't take much.

Round out the meal with a leafy salad and simmered carrots dressed with a little butter and parsley. Enjoy!

Footnote: Initially I was going to simply google a recipe for Asparagus Lasagna and post that. I did find one but it was so loaded with fat and unhealthy ingredients that I followed it with a post about healthy eating for the following two days to offset the indulgence. (We'd all look like Ina Garten!) When I read the post, it looked ridiculous. I decided to take the high road.

Why not just post a version that's healthful and good? That's what I did. The recipe is straight out of my head because it was nigh impossible to find a decent version. It made for more typing but you're worth it, right? I simply couldn't justify compromising your health and shortening your life for a short cut on my part. I hope you like it.

Here is a link to quality eating that will keep you healthy. http://greenhealthycooking.com/fill-half-your-plate-with-fruits-veggies/

Click on the link below for a different version of pasta with asparagus. Whole Foods is one of my favorite go-to sources for cooking inspiration.

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The Bridge In Valley Mills Is Opening Now

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I'll have to drive it, just to make sure it's open for real.


Hummies Are Here!

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Yesterday I saw the first two hummingbirds of the season.

For the record, that's 5 days after Mother's Day.

The feeders have been up for a week in anticipation of their arrival. The mid-northern feeder has already been claimed.

I've read that the males arrive first. I can't verify that, they are too skittish this early in the season to get a good look at them.

In the garden last week, I thought I heard hummies a couple of times and wrote it off to my imagination. Transients come though first en route to their summer breeding ground.

Soon there will be swarms of hummies vying for position and mating privileges.

Click on the link below to report your sighting.

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