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Therese Brown
more of me found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thisiswhatisee/
Interests: gardening, food, art, cinema, aikido, herbs, cultural anthropology, photography, jazz
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The weather has gone from sunny, dry and hot, to gray, wet and very cool. It's about 30 degrees lower than it was on Sunday. I'm not complaining...it was too hot too soon and the garden is very grateful for the good soak. Change, the only inevitable really. It's also... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at The Third Act
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My morning routine during the spring and summer is to get up, use the bathroom, and go from room to room opening the blinds. I always stop at each front window and look down at the garden. I check to see that there's nothing significant missing and take in the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Third Act
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I strained and pressed my first batch of infused oils, using the method taught by Kami McBride. Wow, what a difference! I originally learned to make comfrey oil by using wilted leaves in a double boiler, gently heating the oil and plant matter. I would get a lovely green (especially... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Third Act
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It's another summer-like day. I did relent and turn on the AC. I mean, I need to keep Avery cool, right?? Other than spending time watering the garden in the morning, the day has consisted of grocery shopping, starting another fermented soda and giving attention to the new infused oils... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Third Act
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I think the temperature is supposed to be a record breaker today. That's not particularly something to celebrate! But we're doing our best to stay cool. I used my desert living tactic of closing up the house, shutting the blinds and keeping the cool air from the night inside. Currently... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Third Act
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It's currently in the mid-80s outside. I watered the garden around 9:30 in the morning and even then felt how hot the sun was getting. Today is supposed to max out in the upper 80s and then into the upper 90s Friday and Saturday. Those temperatures are coming on early,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Third Act
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what could be better than fresh eggs from your neighbor's flock...or herbs plucked from outside your door...or hooting owls at night...or birdsong during the day? what could be better than a canine friend to spend time with...or human friends that offer you eggs from their flock...or someone who checks in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Third Act
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I started by taking a few photos of the my latest kitchen activities (ginger/buckwheat honey fermented soda, brined radishes, lettuce harvest and dried comfrey leaves), then went on to the garden. And there is so much to see in the garden these days...(captions below photos)... starting up fermented soda production... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Third Act
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It's always good to have a few photos in reserve, all waiting to be posted in a blog and/or on Flickr. I was focused on a number of tasks today and the time just slipped away. In reality, what does it matter if I miss a day of posting? It... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at The Third Act
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It feels a little like summer today. The humidity and temperatures are up. There are what appear to be thunderstorm clouds out in the distance (although not much of anything is predicted for today...we get that tomorrow). I did my obligatory lawn mowing. It had been put off for a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2022 at The Third Act
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She's watching something. Most often it's a lizard. Sometimes it's a snake. Sometimes it's another dog out for walkies. Whatever it is, she certainly has focus. "Avery. Avery! Look at me to get your picture. Okay fine, I'll take the picture of you looking out to the yard. D'oh!!" Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2022 at The Third Act
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All sorts of things are starting to bloom in the garden. I'm anxiously awaiting the bread seed poppy plants to put up bud spikes. These plants were a little burnt from cold and are looking less than robust, but I'm still hoping for flowers. However peonies, California poppies, chamomile, roses,... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at The Third Act
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I changed the guest room up a bit today. Well, I switched the orientation of the bed. I cleaned too. It feels good to clean. I always forget just how good it feels, which tells you something about the regularity of said cleaning. It's a gray day, but not cold... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at The Third Act
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I spend a lot of time in this room. I don't spend as much time as I did when I had a family, though. Still, between cooking, fermenting, baking (only occasionally), and processing film, it's a well used space. I cook or prepare food pretty much every day. Going out... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Third Act
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I always love the light. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at The Third Act
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What a delightful time I spent in the garden today. Weeding, planting, spreading more wood chips...guiding hops vines, dusting with diatomaceous earth, giving supports to the peony and a few sunflower plants... It was all a joy. And what a difference a day makes! It was still a bit cool... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at The Third Act
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...another pinhole. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at The Third Act
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It rained hard yesterday evening. Thankfully no tornadoes or hail occurred. Even the wind was moderate. So all in all, very thankful. This morning is gray and cool. For the most part, the weekend will be consistent with that with maybe more rain. I won't need to water the garden... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at The Third Act
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I processed the roll of film I used in my Zero for pinhole day. Aside from being off in my exposures a bit, I still managed to create some images that I like. It appears I made a few self portraits. I've always had fun using the pinhole for self... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2022 at The Third Act
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What can I say? I used to make a lot of pinhole photos. I used to process film quite regularly. I knew my camera (Zero69) and how it worked in different light with different films. So, it's back to the practice if I want to improve and maybe even come... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at The Third Act
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It's warm this afternoon. I do appreciate the sunshine, though. Yesterday was cooler but gray. I'm finding that gray days can make my mood completely different than sunny ones...regardless of the temperatures. Weird, because I actually like the rain that requires overcast (but then again, it didn't rain yesterday). Everything... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2022 at The Third Act
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It's one of those days, when the self talk has to be much louder than usual. Calling on what is within. Buck up. Be kind. Be grateful. Be present. Be compassionate. Be understanding. Be strong. Be committed. Be enraged. Be connected. You are not alone. Think of the network of... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at The Third Act
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The garden is happy this morning. There was a heavy downpour last night, but now it's sunny and warm. You can just feel the vitality. I had a dental appointment earlier. As I was driving along, I noted just how darn pretty Richmond is in the spring. The trees are... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2022 at The Third Act
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There's something a bit incongruous about taking photos of NYC on teeny tiny sheets of instant film. Of course, maybe that's why I like it! I wasn't going to drag along my Lomo'Instant wide, because I wanted to just throw a couple cameras (instant and Holga) into my shoulder bag.... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2022 at The Third Act
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I’m back at Penn Station, waiting for the train to Richmond. It was a nice time visiting with Laurel for a bit. Any chance I can see my kids I want to take. It’s still hard living so far away from everyone. While I continue to build my life, encouraging... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2022 at The Third Act