Springtime

trailerrepair

Because I’ve spent what we’ve had of spring fretting about my garden, mishandling my seedlings, and grousing about my soil, a piece of news slipped under the radar. We bought another boat. If you’ve been following this space, you know we already had enough boats to make a raft of armada jokes possible, so you’re […]

Blaming my tools

wheelbarrow

The list of my personal faults is long and varied. I could give you that list, but it’s always been my policy to let people figure it out for themselves. No point in handing out a roadmap. But even those who have plumbed the list’s depths (my husband, my mother, and anyone who’s ever employed […]

The equipment conundrum

The clam-diggin tines on my Ribb rake

For my birthday, Kevin gave me a new fishing rod. And not just any fishing rod – a seven-foot Shimano Teramar composite rod. If you’re a fishing geek, you probably know that a Shimano Teramar composite rod is an excellent fishing rod. If you’re not a fishing geek, you’ll have to take my word for […]

Transmission accomplished

Old Faithful

Last week we went to the Cape Cod Organic Gardeners’ annual potluck. I’m surprised they still let us come, since our commitment to organic gardening lasts only until we see bugs in the collard greens, but they don’t seem to hold that against us. One of the members had brought a brochure for a workshop […]

A tine to heal

My rake, with all its tines

If you spend any time at all raking clams, you will, inevitably, lose a tine. Maybe you hit a rock, maybe just a big clam, maybe regular use loosens an imperfect weld. Tines break, and when you don’t have all your tines you can’t clam as efficiently, so it behooves you to get them fixed. […]