Usually my blog post stories are running a couple weeks behind (at least) in what is currently going on in my life. My @tierneycreates Instagram is more up to date. Well this blog post is actually current with my life like my Instagram.
I returned home from nearly a week in Wilmington, North Carolina with my partner John (who was on a business trip) and guess what I had in the mail?
A YUMMY surprise all the way from South Africa!
My longtime blogging buddy Mariss (@fabrications) back in June sent me the goodies pictured above which included two of her handmade pin cushions, and 2 months later they arrived!
In addition to the pin cushions, I was surprised with some amazing Nelson Mandela fabric!
Bet you do not see this everyday!
Of course it is too precious to use, so maybe I will just frame it. Okay, okay, maybe I will use it in a project some day…maybe…
I’ve been blogging for nearly 8 years and I’ve met some pretty incredible and talented people from all over the world. Several of those people have been so generous in sending me treats in mail over the years. I’ve sent out treats also of course. You all know who you are and I so appreciate you!
And I am going to be putting together some special treats for Mariss in the near future (for their 2 months+ journey to South Africa)!
One of my blogging buddies @quiteayarnblog has an ongoing series called “Agriculture Report” whose title always cracks me up because it is an update of what is going on in her garden.
In the same vein, I thought I would share my own “Agriculture Report” and share what to me is some exciting news:
- I was able to grow enough basil to make Pesto
- I was able to grow enough tomatoes to make ONE dish
You might be wondering: “why is this exciting” or “why is this news”?!?!?
Well after living many years in places such as Seattle and Central Oregon where growing “crops” was not that challenging (especially not in Seattle where it seemed like you could just throw seeds on the ground in passing and you’d have a bumper crop of whatever), I’ve been living in Denver, Colorado where growing things is challenging. We have a short growing season.
Last year I tried my first patio garden on the upper deck with meager results. This year, and perhaps it was because we had an unseasonably large amount of rain, I had good (well for Denver) results!
Here is my “bumper crop” of basil (enough for ONE batch of Pesto):
And here is my “bumper crop” of Roma and Cherry tomatoes (enough to make ONE dish):
Now it could just be me because when I first moved to the Denver area I took Mike the Miniature Schnauzer to a groomer near Boulder, Colorado and she had an amazing garden. I might just need to learn how to garden here!
Then I can provide better “Agriculture Reports” in the future (smile).