Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tower of pickles

No cucumber is safe at the Bernstein's.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bob with beets

Change of Address

Artist, teacher, dancer, and friend-to-many Paulus Berensohn had what he referred to as a "change of address" after a stroke and a short stay at Solace hospice in Asheville. He was buried on June 18 in an elaborately decorated cardboard coffin at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a green burial site near Asheville. A large group of his friends were there. Facilitating was our old friend and neighbor, Ruth Ostrenga, who is part of the Center for End of Life Transitions

Paulus lived near Penland for 30 years or so. He had a remarkable life. Here's a story about him from the New York Times. Here's a tribute to Paulus that was presented at last year's Penland benefit auction.

I'll miss the sound of his voice.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Not recommended

Gardening in the rain is not generally recommended, but sometimes you just have to do stuff when you have the time.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

And they're off!

Polly and Ginger getting ready to head for New Hampshire. I think we're going to miss them.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bubble Magic

Sarah making bubble magic with Ginger and James at Polly and Ginger's farewell party.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Giants and Lobsters

This yard lobster ran into Giant Gina at the river yesterday.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A lupine position

Miika reports that the lupine are having quite a year.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ladies Chain, Courtesy Turn, Swing Your Partner, Etc.

Dancing up a weather system over at Green Cay. Our community dance (contras, squares, etc.) has been going on intermittently for three or four decades. After a recent hiatus of about a year, it's back and has been pretty well attended. This month our homeboy Frederick Park was the caller. Next month, Laurie Fischer will lead the dancing on Friday June 2.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hello, Fiddlehead!

Meredith sent this picture of Eben greeting the first fiddleheads of spring.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I refuse to explain this picture

But I can confirm that those are bowling pins.

Garden Shed

Remember that day we took everything out of the garden shed and sorted it it and and folded all the ground cover and row cover and threw a bunch of stuff away and put everything back in very neatly and then there was a lot of room in the shed? That was a fun day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


There might have been a little snow involved as well.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sap Collector

Jeff Polgar sent this picture of Lily collecting sap.

As an aside, I noticed recently that this stuff is being sold in bottles as "maple water." The next big thing??

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fix-It Day

And again, the ever-generous Don Walker sharpened everything from paring knives to garden hoes, put on new handles, welded broken things, and made lots of people happy during the annual Cabin Fever University Fix-It Day at his shop. Not only that, Karen made hot cider and cookies. He usually manages to do this on the coldest day of the year, but not this time.

Middle Creek Falls

Just below Middle Creek Falls on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Speaking Up in Raleigh

Three Raskins and a Schopler at the annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street rally and march in Raleigh. The NAACP and a number of other organizations collaborate on this event which takes place the weekend before the opening of the North Carolina legislative session. The rally is used to promote a number of progressive causes. It was a beautiful day and it drew the largest crowd in the 11-year history of the event. Thanks, Reverend William Barber for your inspiring leadership in our state.

This was our favorite sign of the day.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fire Lines

Fire lines burning just above 80 South in McDowell County--seen from the Parkway on Tuesday evening.

Monday, January 30, 2017

What snow?

Hardcore, Sunday afternoon, driveway petanque.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017