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There is nothing like touring French chateaus to make one crave land. LOTS and LOTS of land. Sigh. These are views of Villandry, one of the most famous chateaus in the Loire and THE most famous gardens. And they are amazing. But if you had lots of land, you’d have to have lots of gardeners. […]

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Have I mentioned that I am obsessed with birds? I am. I want them to come live in my garden. Lots of them. So, in true DIY fashion, I decided to make some houses for them to come and live in. It’s actually super simple. To make a birdhouse you need five pieces: front and […]

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Since I still have a day job, I’m not quite ready for my Big Year – the quintessential bird watcher’s epic journey so memorably depicted in the mediocre yet entertaining Steve Martin movie of the same name. But perhaps because I have a day job, on weekends I have found myself becoming endlessly fascinated with birds. […]

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Two years ago, when I was laid up with a broken ankle, I moved our project along by snarfing things off Craigslist and sending Steve out to get them. He returned from one of these trips with a confession: “I also bought some wagon wheels.” Some? “Well, four. They were a really good price and […]

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Our garden looks fabulous. It’s not planned, or tamed, or formal in any way – it’s a carnival, a sideshow, a veritable riot of color and texture and things falling over each other and that’s the way I like it. It’s also making us a lot of friends: the swallows are gone but we have […]

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