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Friday Things: The Aerial View Edition

Evaporation Ponds - SLC June 18, 2015

So how are you spending the last weekend of summer?  I’ll be deadheading  plants, doing laundry and generally catching up after yet another trip to Utah. Three family weddings (including Will’s) had me flying into the Beehive State once a month over the summer. On a clear day, the descent into Salt Lake City is [...]

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Friday Things: The Pioneer Day Edition

Me looking dreamy in my Gunny Sax dress - 1976

When I was a kid the biggest event of the summer happened one town down the line on July 24th. Known as “Pioneer Day” or, more pragmatically, “The 24th,” this county-wide celebration commemorated the day that Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley after leading his people across the plains. On that fateful July 24 [...]

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My Giant June

The first of many happy events this June

You know how big events often dog pile in your calendar rather than lining up in an orderly fashion? That was my June. It all started with our daughter Sydney’s graduation from Harvard Law School.  Harvard Law.   Quite remarkable that.  And then a week later her little brother Will’s graduation from MIT.  Really, no [...]

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Friday Things: The Bowl of Cherries Edition

Ranier Cherries, Memorial Day Weekend 2015

Goodness gracious things have been busy around here. The wrapping up of the garden renovation, wedding and travel planning, some local travel writing for the San Francisco Chronicle and a few speaking opportunities have kept me on the go, go, go.  I’d like to take a break and tell you all about it but that [...]

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Bird Watching

Bluejays bathing

  The poet Nikki Giovanni once said that she spent a lot of time learning about bird watching.  Placing these birdbath basalt rocks in my new garden has made me want to do the same. We’ve created our own little aviary hammam out front and when I’m around I try to sit very still so [...]

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San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

Empty spray paint cans become an art piece in the dining room by Cecilie Starin Interior Design

If this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is any indicator, color is making a comeback.  The hushed neutrals of the past have been replaced by sumptuous hues and bold graphics that feel fresh and invigorating.  For example, in Cecilie Starin’s black and white dining room the abstract murals by San Francisco street muralist Ian Ross [...]

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Digging Life

Some of the plants selected for the front driveway "pink and red" areas

My friend Jana says putting in a new garden is like giving birth.  Painful and messy at the time but you quickly forget all that once your new pride and joy has arrived.  This has been an intense mother of a week with soil, rock and plant deliveries arriving almost daily and several professional crews [...]

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Friday Things: The Good Fences Edition

Red maple leaves against an April sky

The garden project continues in full swing.  So full that I’ve hardly looked at anything this week that didn’t have petals or leaves. Except maybe the dirt surrounding our house–specifically, the dirt that surrounds my house vs. the dirt that surrounds my neighbors’ house. Our property is bordered on three sides by open space owned [...]

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Friday Things: The Easter Edition

New Pink Dogwood Planted Easter Weekend 2015

Let me introduce you to my new pink dogwood tree—isn’t she a beauty? She went into the back garden yesterday along with a bunch of climbing vines and two fruit trees–a Kieffer lime and a “Panache” fig (classy, huh?)  I spent a few peaceful moments last night watering everything in, grateful to have some new [...]

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Yardwork

New Room & Board umbrellas in a cheery orange

Last week a landscape crew ripped out most of the tired plantings and removed all the rocks that made up an ornamental dry stream bed in the upper garden.  What’s left is a whole lot of dirt potential. “Things gonna look worse before they look better,” said my handyman Gustavo after shoring up the back [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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