Tag: Seasons

Winter Fever

Basil seeds soaking--the first sign of spring in the Hamilton-McVicker household.

Spring fever … has come a little early this year. Of course, now that we’ve moved a frost zone further South, winter was a bit long in coming, too. So long that I was tempted to stretch the season by…

The Daily Beauty: Prickly Pear in Bloom

That's right, we're blooming!

Outside the UVa Bookstore, atop the Emmett Street parking garage, there are two sad concrete planters containing two much-abused plants: opuntiae, or prickly pear cactus. Temps on that brick and concrete walk are glacially cold in winter and must soar…

Close encounters of the reptile kind

...tensile muscle and bone...

After I took his picture, the snake booked. Not a surprising outcome, you might be thinking. But I had spotted drops of blood on his shining ecru underbelly. And he was looped into such an intricate curlicue–of shock? of self-defense?–that…

“Once you get started …”

Today's little project.

“Oh, it’s hard to stop.” (I’m channeling Chaka Khan in that hit song I loved from the ’70s here). “When you get dow-owwn, y’all, ain’t no turning ba-ack, ohhh!” Of course, I don’t think she was talking about canning. I…