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Turkey Tracks: Painting/Art Central

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Turkey Tracks:  August 16, 2019

Painting/Art Central

They are gone now, but you might get a kick out of this art effort…

The girl kiddos love crafts/art/painting.  Talula set up an art station on the front porch—which stayed for some days.  First there was a painting, using John’s acrylic paints and his easel.  Next, collected rocks to paint and put all around my garden.

Lined up and ready to go.

The painters—just back from a swim at Duck Trap estuary.


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August 16, 2019 at 10:11 am

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Turkey Tracks: The Summer Garden, July 2019

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Turkey Tracks:  August 14, 2019

The Summer Garden, July 2019

And it is already mid August as I post this update…

The vegetable/flower garden is thriving.  We are still eating lettuce from the cold frame patch I seeded and covered last fall, but the heat of this past week is making the lettuce bolt now.

Here is part of the right side of the veggie garden—the fence is there because there is a sheer rock wall drop on that edge.  I have started planting flowers along this edge as I don’t need so many veggies these days.  Oh, I eat a LOT OF VEGGIES every day, but I have the Hope’s Edge CSA and there is, most of the time, just me to feed.  Plus, I want to have more plants that will feed the bees.

The garlic is ready to harvest now.  The zucchini is fruiting.  The daffodils have dried up.  The strawberries were so good this year.

That’s a row of Haricot Vert (filet) beans to the left of AC.  I need to pick them now.

I have not wanted to cut these garlic scapes because they look so light and airy.  Something about them took myl fancy.  This bunch of bulbs volunteered in this spot, which is fine with me.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many people have helped eat all this lettuce, which has been going strong since May.

These raspberries are huge with all the rain.  They are turning a dark purple though.  Years ago I planted some dark raspberries on the other end of this row of fruit, and now, via cross pollination, most of the raspberries have turned various dark shades.  I had no idea the dark ones could change the red ones.

I’m planning to replant raspberries next spring and to put them in the veggie garden where the garlic is growing at the moment.  This current bed was planted with plants that would deter small grandchildren from getting near the rock wall/sheer drop.   The youngest is 4 now, so it is time to rethink this bed—which is a nightmare to weed.  I have fallen down this sloping bed several times with one mis-step into a hole or just loss of balance.  It’s not fun to tumble into Rugosa Rose bushes……even if they do stop your tumble.

So, I’ll pull out all these dark raspberries this fall, sheer down this bed, and start over with raspberries (and more blueberries) next spring.  I’ll replant low plants in this bed:  day lilies, hostas, and the like.  With black plastic and heavy mulch, things will go better.

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August 14, 2019 at 8:46 am

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Turkey Tracks: Hmmmm???

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Turkey Tracks:  December 2, 2019


No blood.  Hope the turkey escaped.

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December 2, 2018 at 8:33 am

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Turkey Tracks: Marsha and Me

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Turkey Tracks:  October 25, 2018

Marsha and Me

Here’s a FIRST COUSIN I’ve never met until she visited in my area recently.  My goodness, what a loss I’ve had in not knowing her before now.  She visited Maine for a wedding and went out of her way to come and meet me—along with her husband, who was equally as charming as she is.

My dad had two brothers and a sister.  My Aunt Jean was the youngest sibling.  Marsha is her daughter.  Aunt Jean married an Air Force man, and the two families were together in Hawaii, during the Viet Nam war.  So, my sisters knew Aunt Jean’s children, but I had married just before my dad went to Viet Nam and my mother moved the family to Hawaii to be nearer to my dad.

Now, like many families today, Aunt Jean’s children are scattered across America.  Marsha and Tom live in Colorado. So I am grateful for that wedding and the chance to meet Marsha and Tom.  They liked Maine.  Perhaps they will come back some day…  They will always be welcome in my home here.

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October 25, 2018 at 8:18 am

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Turkey Tracks: Tuesday Food Gathering and Early Fall Update

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Turkey Tracks:  September 20, 2018

Tuesday Food Gathering and Early Fall Update

I wrote this post last week, but am just getting around to posting it today.

Tuesday is Hope’s Edge CSA pick-up day.

And this past Tuesday I picked up my year’s supply of local raw honey:  Sparky’s Honey.  The back of the car was filled with local goodies.  You can see a description of the kind of food I get from Hope’s Edge in an earlier post.

AC Slater continues to be a honey lamb.  Here he is on his “perch.”  The rock wall houses numerous chipmunks, and AC is “on the job” with regard to anything that moves or makes noise on my property.


I am loving how this strip by the path is looking–so cheerful with the zinnias that replaced earlier daffodils.  That Blue Hubbard squash vine has not produced a single fruit this year.  It’s been a kind of strange squash year in my area.

I like this zinnia variety.

I let the early pansies stay too long in the barrels–just could not part with them.  When I finally overprinted, the plants took off.  I am especially liking the purple salvia (?) and the small asters that are just starting to bloom.


I am breaking down spent pots and starting to put summer things away.  The hammock has been stored.  And the porch pillows.  I can’t let go of the hanging baskets or the wind chimes yet.  Soon enough…

Not much sewing happening what with AC Slater, but he is settling really well now, so I’ll have more time.  I am excited about winter sewing projects.



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October 3, 2018 at 9:25 am

Turkey Tracks: Blackberry Treat

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Turkey Tracks:  September 12, 2018

Blackberry Treat

Betsy Maislen is here, volunteering on the windjammer J&E Riggin.  She and Co-Captain Annie Mahle love to cook together.

Betsy comes to stay with me when she is off the boat on its turnarounds.

Betsy always plans a hike or a bike ride after she’s organized clean clothes for the next trip.

She picked the last of the blackberries on a nearby road as a gift for me during a bike ride.  She discovered this roadside patch last year and gifted me with berries then too.

What a gift!  I love–and always have loved–wild blackberries.

I divided the berries into three portions to make them last longer.


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Turkey Tracks: Coastal Quilters’ 2018 Mothers’ Day Retreat: My Retreat

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Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2018

My Retreat

I prepped these 2 by 8-inch strips before the retreat:  all low volume Cotton+Steel in the warmer colors.

Here are two rows of Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s herringbone braids, from her book MODERN QUILT MAGIC.

I am really liking what is happening here.

I figured out how long I wanted the quilt and decided I’d done enough work on this project.

Next I put together about ten blocks with my Wild and Goosey quilt block (Bonnie Hunter)

I took papers out of the quadrants I had completed one night while listening to a book on tape in my room.  I have rather a lot of these done now and brought home more to do.

I made two pineapple blocks to learn how–with Heidi August as a teacher.

I learned how to use the Creative Grids 60 degree ruler–a block I use a lot and one we will do for Jen Kingwell’s “Long Time Gone” quilt.  I’ve always used the Tri Rec ruler and like it.  The Creative Grids Ruler leaves more space between the end of the star points and the edge of the block.  It is fun, but you can see that it does not make a perfect star.  One could probably figure out how to make that happen, but for the Kingwell project, I’m going to use the Trip Rec ruler.  However, I do like the funky nature of the stars in the blocks below.  They’ll go into my “parts department” bin for an improv quilt maybe in the fall.


What I really wanted to do this retreat was to play with my scraps.  I brought them ALL with me, so I got them all out.  Along the way I culled out scraps that were too small or that no longer attracted me.

Here I started playing around with Maria Shell methods from her book IMPROV PATCHWORK–where she makes her own plaids and stripes.


Next I sewed a lot of 4 1/2 inch squares–for a quilt in progress.

Here’s that quilt-which is at home on my design wall:

I had some black and white strip sets, so I cut them up and made a checkerboard.  Maybe it will go into “Long Time Gone.”  Or, maybe into the “parts department” bin.

I had a lot of dark charcoal pieces left over from my “Big Star” quilt.  Which block do you like best, big or little?  I am drawn to little every time.


I saw on Bonnie Hunter’s blog that she was making some light/dark squares with strips.  Boy are they versatile.  These are 4 1/2 inches.  (I use newsprint as a backing, cut to size.)


These are 3 inches–made because I had some leftover 3-inch paper strips while cutting.

At night I worked on 6-inch hexes, all Cotton+Steel and a solid or two, from Katja Marek’s THE NEW HEXAGON book.  I’ve almost worn this book out.  I’m going to make these blocks like the cover, where they are linked together with triangles, which can make stars on the outside of the blocs too.

I came home with so much energy.  Inspired by Betsy Maislen, I got my “On Ringo Lake” on the long arm.