This article first appeared in The Washington Island Observer. During these cold and snowing days, after all the holidays are over and kids are back in school, poetry can be a hopeful companion because there are so many poems about spring. These poems remind us that warmer days will indeed come again, and once again we… Read More »
This article first appeared in The Washington Island Observer in partnership with the Art and Nature Center When we think of birds and winter, we usually think of birds flying south to warmer weather. But look out the window right now and you might join poet Catherine Bowman in her subzero poem “House Arrest” when… Read More »
Come. See the beauty winter creates. Icy circles float near the shore at the sand dunes on our magical Island. Thank you, Amy & Josh for staying with us again this December, treasuring the wonder of winter, and sharing this magical picture with us.
As the gardeners at Homestead, Russell and I have the privilege and joy growing fresh veggies, herbs and other garden delights, like edible flowers, for the Hotel Washington Restaurant. Since spring we’ve been supplying the hotel with fresh greens for dinner salads and now our harvest has grown to include a multitude of other delicious… Read More »
I was amazed and excited to see what Peri Ann found on the red leaf lettuce this morning as she and Grace harvested greens and vegetables from the garden. This beautiful chrysalis holds the promise of transformation – from caterpillar to monarch butterfly. A remarkable transformation occurred this summer as well when Russell and Alessandra Rolffs arrived at the… Read More »
Mari Anderson, who has been my swim partner for many years, started it. It became our goal for the summer: Swim the Death’s Door Crossing. Created an intention Rallied me as a partner Organized practices designed by our swim coach, Mike Daley Swam in pool when possible Swam in lake by July Imagined I could… Read More »
A chilly breeze greeted us this morning as my granddaughter Abby and I headed to the Hotel to say goodbye to our overnight guests: a couple celebrating an anniversary and a Siever’s devotee accompanied by her husband. Our interns from Beloit College – Sarai and Melina – had prepared delicious chocolate cinnamon pancakes with bacon and… Read More »
Dear Friends, As I write, Chef Mike snips baby radish sprouts brought to the Hotel’s kitchen this morning by our Homestead gardeners. And the baby radishes are ready to harvest – they will be delicious in the field greens salad tonight. Another offering these days is gathered in the woods surrounding the farm. Ramps are… Read More »