The Herb Garden

My summers are a often spent in a constant state of transition – one week here, one week there, an other few days here, a couple day back there again – you get the idea, and my gardening tends to reflect this repeated stage of flux.  Luckily Vermont tends towards the rainier side of things…

Wind River Range, WY

I spent last week camping at the foot of the Wind River Mountain Range near Pinedale, Wyoming.  My family has been holding annual reunions there since the early 1970s.  It had been several years since I was last able to attend one, but I was excited to make it this year (although there will be…

Guatemala – a Study in Color

Guatemala is often referred to as the land of eternal Spring, and it’s textiles’ vibrant colors and nature motifs reflect that.  Guatemalan textiles have alway stood out as uniquely beautiful to me with their bright colors, intricate patterns, and silky textures.  I came home from my last trip inspired to incorporate some of those colors…

Los Cuchumatánes

Sierra de los Cuchumatánes is a mountain range in western Guatemala, running alongside part of Guatemala’s boarder with Mexico.  Los Cuchumatánes, oddly enough, are also where my parents first meet each other back in the 70s.  My Dad was working on a reforestation project in San Juan Ixcoy for the Peace Corps and my Mom was completing…

Lago de Atitlán

Lago de Atitlán is a large, beautiful, volcanic lake located in the highlands of Guatemala.  The lake sits at the base of three volcanos: Atitlán, San Pedro, and Tolimán.  There are numerous villages dotted around the edges of the lake that are accessible by boat. One of the larger villages, that gets a lot of tourist…

Antigua

Antigua was the capital of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, which encompassed most of modern day Central America and parts of Chiapas, Mexico.  Named Santiago de los Caballeros in antiquity, Antigua was founded in March 10, 1543, following the destruction of the first capital, the original Santiago de los Caballeros.  Antigua was the seat of Spanish…

El Petén

I made my first trip into the Guatemalan Petén about ten years ago for a brief two day stint.  I spent one day visiting the archeological site of Yaxha which was just opening up to the public, and my second day at Tikal, overnighting in the town of Flores.  This time around I planned for another…

Semana Santa

Last year we started our Easter Sunday with a bright bouquet of yellow and yellow/red variegated tulips, ombre easter eggs, Lake Champlain chocolate bunnies, goldenrod candles in crystal candle sticks, blue/green Guatemalan placemats with butter yellow napkins, homemade chocolate croissants, eggs poached in a bed of fresh baby spinach, and a dry bubbly breakfast Rosé….