1. Couldn’t resist. Two more pics from our day. Ralph and I chilling in the river and Ralphie begging for a cookie from his daddy.

  2. Soaking up the last of the summer sun and beautiful weather. Took Ralph for a dip in the French Broad and enjoyed the sunshine, wildflowers and honeybees that were out in full force on Mt. Pisgah today. Beautiful day, beautiful life.

  3. biodiverseed:

    A tree can absorb 27 kg of Carbon Dioxide a year; one large tree can provide a day’s worth of oxygen for four people. [x]

    I’ve made a commitment to try and plant around 100 trees a year: If I live to be 85, that will be roughly 6200 trees in my lifetime.

    I collected these young oaks as acorns last year, from various places  around Denmark (it’s as simple as pocketing the occasional acorn when the season is right). The acorns cold-stratified over winter in my potato patch, and subsequently the trees sprung to life this spring. Re-potted now, I plan on babying them until they are mature enough to survive the trampling herbivorous hazards of the wild.

    There are 38+ different species of oak that can grow here, and Quercus species hybridise readily: the history of speciation and genetic diversity can definitely be seen in the young foliage: I haven’t yet identified the individual trees, but I know by the variations in leaf size, colour, and serration, that I have an exceptionally diverse little collection of genetics here; especially given the seed was collected in such a small country. Most likely I have some variations of Quercus roburor English Oak—on my hands.

    There is a tree in the Jægerspris Nordskov (Jægerspris North Forest)here on the island of Sjælland, that may be the oldest oak tree in Northern Europe: we call it the Kongeegen, or “King Oak.” It is thought to be between 1500-2000 years old. Most oaks can live healthily for around 200 years, but there are numerous specimens that have reached ages of 500 years or more.

    Oaks are a keystone species, essential for the life and health of numerous other forest organisms, and they are threatened globally due to the encroachment of farmland and a number of diseases: species diversity is vital in the case of the latter threat. In the forest, oaks have symbiotic relationships with a number of fungi: including truffles like the black Périgord truffle, and the white Piedmont. They are also vital to the survival of birds like the European pied flycatcher.

    Planting native species only does good for your biome: so, if you are considering planting a tree this year, why not try an oak?

  4. i-am-misha-too:

    jonnovstheinternet:

    misspelledlife:

    SLAAAAY TORONTO IM SO PROUD OF THIS

    I’m starting to think Canadians are the best people ever

    dipstick

    Love this. Hate litterers!

  5. Throwback Thursday! Harvesting yams in Birmingham, Alabama at my beautiful friend Kyoka’s home. Great memory. Miss her mucho.

    Throwback Thursday! Harvesting yams in Birmingham, Alabama at my beautiful friend Kyoka’s home. Great memory. Miss her mucho.

  6. "I decided on you, don’t you get that? I decided on you. I don’t want to go fucking other people and then walk around feeling thrilled and then sad, or empty, or whatever. I like the smell of your hair, and I like the sound of your voice, and I fucking decided on you."
    (via mistize)
  7. homolesbians:

Just married! 

This is Vivian (91) and Alice (90), and they just got married. They’ve been dating for 72 years, and together they have visited all 50 US states, all the provinces of Canada, and been twice to England. Quote Alice: “We’ve had a good time”.

So much love.

    homolesbians:

    Just married!

    This is Vivian (91) and Alice (90), and they just got married. They’ve been dating for 72 years, and together they have visited all 50 US states, all the provinces of Canada, and been twice to England. Quote Alice: “We’ve had a good time”.

    So much love.

  8. Pimm’s Cup. Did not drink nearly enough of these puppies this summer. Now I really want one last refreshing cocktail before summer fades and I switch to bourbon & rootbeer to keep me warm and fuzzy all winter.

    Pimm’s Cup. Did not drink nearly enough of these puppies this summer. Now I really want one last refreshing cocktail before summer fades and I switch to bourbon & rootbeer to keep me warm and fuzzy all winter.

  9. xxm00nchildx:

    jayshana:

    lookinthrualenz:

    fnhfal:

    America - 2014 

    Wow.

    Don’t forget this! Stay awake people!

About me

29, professional cook, farmer's daughter, partner to jared, childfree by choice, pet lover, real food activist, former Chicagoan embracing life in beautiful Asheville, NC.

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