Category: Non – Food

DIY Projects & General Craftiness Life @ Turtle Creek Non - Food

The Scholar with a Cactus for a Head

Clara would use any bit of leftover pot or pan for a planter. Her porch and garden overflowed with chipped enamel pots of marigolds; cracked candy dishes of moss roses; a compromised pressure cooker repurposed as the singles bar for Bachelors Buttons and Old Maids. Think – Junkman’s Daughter meets Alan Titchmarsh… Jane had purchased […]

Chinese Non - Food

One from Column A – Sweet & Sour Pork

Sweet & Sour “anything’ as we know it, is an American invention. Yes, there are traditional Chinese dishes that have some of the aspects of of those sensory bits – but, you wouldn’t recognise it as anything that comes in one of those white origami boxes. It’s lighter, sharper, has somewhat minimal battering, with an absence of tropical fruit…. we’re not making that.

DIY Projects & General Craftiness Non - Food

DIY ~ Painting Plastic Wicker

The Backstory Some years ago we purchased a set of “natural” colored plastic wicker furniture for the back deck. It was fine for the purposes we intended. They all lived happily under a gazebo tent-like thing and rarely saw direct sunlight. Unfortunately, over the past several years, snowfall has been tremendous and the gazebo – […]

Gardening @ Turtle Creek Non - Food

The Weekly Wildflower ~ American Beauty Berry

Say hello to Callicarpa… otherwise known as American Beauty Berry or French Mulberry. She’s a deciduous woody shrub in the Dead Nettle, or  (Lamiaceae) family.  Blooming in Early summer with rather non-descriptive flowers, the Beauty Berry show begins with – what else – the berries. Beginning in Late September, the berries begin to swell and […]

Gardening @ Turtle Creek Non - Food

The Weekly Wildflower ~ The “Non” Flowers

The obligatory disclaimer: I make no assertions nor assumptions that any of the fungi shown here are edible. I’m not a mycologist. The general rule of thumb when observing any wild flora and fungi is: “When in doubt – consider it poisonous.” While most people wouldn’t consider  Mushrooms and Toadstools flowers, in fact they really are. […]

Gardening @ Turtle Creek Non - Food

“Be vewy, vewy, quiet… i’m hunting wabbits.”

There’s been a bit of a vanishing act happening in the garden as of late. Where there was once a beautiful Balloon Flower in this pot… … there’s now this. Where I once had a beaming stand of native Asters along the walkway backdropping the lavender and thyme… The center stand is no longer there… […]

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