Author Archives: Perry

The Ides of March

My southern husband is not a fan of snow, sleet, freezing rain or wind. Unfortunately, it is winter here. He keeps our home at a temperature similar to a balmy day in the Bahamas. As we awaited a recent blizzard, I hoped to avoid waking up with … Continue reading

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Winter Dream

Winter is a trial for me. Days are short, dark and really cold. I recognize the romance in a roaring fire and twinkling lights around our front door, but my spirit flags halfway through the season. I miss the warmth of the sun. … Continue reading

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It’s All About Bob

I’d like to introduce to my new friend, Bob. He weighs about 150 pounds, has a sleek fiberglass body, and will let you ride on his back at speeds of near 12 mph, while introducing you to the world under … Continue reading

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A Few Good Fish

Turks and Caicos is home to the third largest reef in the world; The Great Barrier Reef is the largest, followed by the Belize. The water along the island drops off to more than 10,000 feet and is home to … Continue reading

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Turks Sonata

Far from home, I gaze out at turquoise waters, within arms reach. Amazingly, a humpback whale and her calf skim the surface of the water, feeding on the riches of the Caribbean Sea. Where we’re staying on Turks And Caicos is … Continue reading

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My brother, Peter, lives in a bucolic farming community outside Washington, DC, where the unpaved roads are best driven in pickup trucks, and red fox are commonplace. When the bird feeders aren’t locked up at day’s end, a bear is likely to … Continue reading

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Garden Favs 2016

Hot. Really hot. Really really hot. Working in the garden has been inconceivable these last few weeks. The humidity and heat were a relentless tag team. I hid in the air conditioned chill of our home, but an annoying voice sent … Continue reading

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Stop and Smell The Roses

  This photo is of Poppy, (now almost eleven), who from the beginning, has been my faithful gardening companion.  When she feels I’ve worked hard enough, she lays her ball at my feet and reminds me it’s time to play, (and smell the … Continue reading

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Blueberry Muffins

It’s almost apple picking time, but our local summer fruits are in their glory. Before they disappear, please whip up a batch of these muffins, using the freshest, plumpest, tastiest fruit you can find.   My favorite recipe comes from a cookbook … Continue reading

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I have windowsills filled with orchids. I’ve collected them over many years, some inherited from my Mom. They summer on the windowsills, basking in the heat and humidity akin to their native land.  When their planting medium grows dry-ish to the touch, they … Continue reading

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