in the garden

(listen while you visit?)


In my mom and dad’s garden,


it’s currently pickle-making time, so they are harvesting cucumbers and garlic.



My nephew and niece,


my sister in law, and the new puppy, everybody loves the garden.


Inside the house there are sparkling clean jars, the freshest garlic,




and three generations in the kitchen making pickles!


There was a beautiful sunset at my parents house at the end of a satisfying day.


My brother and mother sent me these photos.  I haven’t been “back home” yet this summer, but with the constant texting it’s almost as good as being there.

Here is a lovely video that Mom sent to me one morning in the springtime, which instantly made me happy and homesick at the same time.  I grew up here.


10 large cucumbers
4 sprigs of dill
6 cloves of garlic
6 cups of water
1 1/4 cup vinegar
1/3 cup salt
1/2 cup sugar

Wash and sterilize 4 (1 quart) jars. Boil water, vinegar, salt, and sugar and let cool. Cut cucumbers into quarters. Add 1 sprig of dill, and 1 1/2 cloves of garlic per jar. Pack jars with cucumbers, pour liquid over cucumbers. Cover and refrigerate at least 48 hours.


I spy with my little eye lots of jars of pickles!

2 thoughts on “in the garden

  1. Your parent’s place is beautiful. I gardened and preserved when I was younger. We recently sold the home where my youngest daughter grew up. The new owner had the house knocked down and is going to build a new one. The foundation of the old house wasn’t good, and it had a whole lot of problems. She is sad, and so am I.

  2. So much fun!!
    Im reading a book thats made me think of you. Its called Martgas Vineyard, isle of Dreams. By susan Branch.

    Hugs, christina

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