Posted in Empowering Inspiration, greenhouse, organic garden

Green Dreams

My daughter and I had so much fun this summer, growing the majority of our food ourselves, that we decided that this is something we want to continue doing this winter. Even though we don’t have a real homestead yet.

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We built a sturdy frame for a greenhouse today. It was an interesting project to build a 15x7x7 greenhouse frame with a 4 year old as your partner. I believe that building the frame was the hardest work, and that covering it with greenhouse film is going to be easier now that we already have the structure. It’s still hot here (it was 95 Fahrenheit today,) I’m going to wait to finish the greenhouse until we expect lower temperatures. I feel good about having this part done. Some of my plants need to go into the greenhouse quickly when the temperatures are starting to fall.

I am very excited about the direction this is going. It brings me great pleasure to grow our food. Next summer we will hopefully have some fruit as well. My daughter is most excited about the 6 olive trees that we recently added to our container tree collection. I’ve planted all my fruit/nut trees in 15 gallon smart pots. Almost all, one exception. One of the plum trees are way too big for a 15 gallon pot, and I purchased a HUGE pot for that tree (you can see that one pot that are different, to the left in the photo.) I can not move that pot myself, now when the tree is in it! I like 15 gallon pots, because I can move them myself. The smart pots weighs almost nothing. I’m excited to see how my fruit trees like them. Do you have any experience of growing fruit trees in containers that you would like to share with a newbie like me? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Yours,

Maria

Posted in Equine Photography, Fine Art Prints, Nevada Landscapes

Edge

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I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.

– Author Unknown

 

The weekly photo challenge at The Daily Post is Edge. My entry shows mustangs galloping towards a series of sharp mountain peaks. There was a storm coming in the day I took this photo. Even though I was wearing a wind jacket, the wind was “eating my bones”. I could barely feel my fingers. The horses were so beautiful, and kept playing in the wind. I couldn’t convince myself that leaving was a good idea. I stayed for several hours, just watching their Joie The Vivre. It was a large group of younger mustangs, and it was obvious that they were having fun. Their playful spirit was a big contrast to the somewhat hostile landscape.

This week, share your own interpretation of “edge.” Take a photo from an actual edge, like a balcony, a window, or a seaside bluff (wherever you are, stay safe!). Focus on a sharp angle or object, or show us the outer margins of a building, a face, or a book. I look forward to seeing your photos!

 

Available as wall canvas in full color. It’s never to early to start thinking about christmas! Your image gets printed onto one of our premium canvases and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5″ x 1.5″ stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8″ x 5/8″ stretcher bars (museum wrap). Your canvas print will be delivered to you “ready to hang” with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. You will see prices, and what the different alternatives look like when you click on the photo. 50% of the profits from all my photos of mustangs are donated back towards non-profits, actively working to give our wild horses a future. By purchasing wall art featuring wild horses from my gallery, you are actually giving a double gift!

 

Love & Light, Always

Maria