gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

We’re seven months into the One Year One Outfit challenge, and wow — I’m half impressed, half intimidated by the progress some of the other participants have already made towards their locally sourced wardrobes. I’m nowhere near having entire items of clothing finished at this point myself. But I will, I will… Since finding locally …

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The theme of this weekend was local food — both cultivated and wild. Farm-to-fork and, hmm, forest-to-fork food, if you will. Urban wild food foraging is something I’d already been introduced to when we were still living in Portland. I’ve written here before about my adventures with nettles, dandelion and cat’s ear, and elderflower. Alas, …

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Elderberry (Sambucus) flowers always reminds me of the times when, visiting friends in Austria or staying at Dan’s grandmother’s childhood home in Northern Italy, I have enjoyed glass after glass of elderflower cordial mixed with mineral water. It’s the perfect summer afternoon drink, with a unique flavor. There’s nothing quite like drinking flowers. We do …

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