Saturday, July 29, 2017


Summer is a busy time for me. With working a lot of extra shifts to cover for some coworkers, gardening, and all my other odds and ends of jobs being at their busiest, it's hard to keep you all updated! But summers here are beautiful! 

The garden is looking good. I got an updated video tour done. 

*Sorry about the very loud construction noise especially at the start. It is annoying in person while a neighbor re-builds his lane, but the camera makes it sound even louder. Sadly though, it's going on all day, every day, all summer, so it's hard to pick a good time to shoot a video. I can't wait for them to be done!*

I'm getting lots of fresh veggies out of the garden and even made a little time one evening to go pick wild currents growing near my house. 

There are both red and gold currents growing here.

Due to the high volume of stems and pulp, I decided to run all the currents through my Victorio strainer. The mixture of red and gold berries produced a brilliant orange pulpy juice with a bit of a unique citrus flavor. It made a delicious smoothy with coconut milk! And all the seeds and stems on the right just went back into the compost.

And one evening I had my good friend Beth over for a dinner and spent some time relaxing by the firepit.

Otherwise, it's just fun to work in the garden. Pulling a few weeds, harvesting veggies, and watching everything grow. 

And eating the harvest of course!

The flowers are also looking beautiful.

One of the things that kept me busy for a few weeks was helping with the haying operation near my house.

And then a few more shots of the local wildlife. Almost all from right near my house since I've not had time to drive any further away looking for some of the bigger creatures.

Let me know what you are eating from your gardens if you have one!


  1. Thank you for sharing your slice of Heaven here on earth.


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  2. You have a beautiful life. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. What a wonderful garden and herb/flower bed around your home. Great idea to have herbs right outside your door. I am wondering with all the wildlife, how do you keep the harvest from being eaten? You mentioned a vole is that the only creature who dines in your garden? In our area we need 8' high deer fences!
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi, Ariel! So glad to find this. Saving your video to watch when I'm back in town and have wifi, but your pictures here are just gorgeous! As I am sure others have said, thank you so much for sharing your little piece of heaven with us. I'm looking forward to seeing how your garden is coming. I am not certain but that looked like a pretty generous zuccini, but it might have been cucumber? Very green and healthy looking! Meal looked so inviting! Yay!!!

  5. Thanks for the great photo's and sharing your Tiny Home Living with us. Looks like everything is going your way, keep it up!

  6. Your photos are stunning and your lifestyle seems idyllic. Could you share the name and type of camera equipment and photo editing software you use? I would be very grateful. Take care and enjoy the remainder of the summer.

  7. Hi, Ariel:

    I love your photographs. There are several in this blog that I would love to have. I looked on "Ariel Celeste Photography" but did not see them there. How does one go about purchasing some of your photographs?

    Thank you for you blog. You add such beauty to my life and inspire me.


    1. Roxanne,

      Thank you! I have more for sale at But not everything I take is up there. If there are specific prints you want, just let me know which photos they are and if you would like a regular photo print (needs framed) or a canvas or metal print (does not need any extras) and what size you are looking for. I can do just about any custom order as well. And you are so welcome! That's always encouraging to hear.

  8. Beans, peas, zucchini, a green pepper and cherry tomatoes. That's pretty much all I planted besides the onions... and waiting for the winter squash.. Enjoyed watching your tiny house tour and look forward to reading about your adventures on this blog.

  9. Your pictures are gorgeous! We are eating Cucumbers, potatoes, kale, lettuce, radishes, green beans, summer squash and lots of herbs from our garden. Tomatoes and broccoli are coming very soon and other things to follow that.

  10. We also have to fence and use electric fencing around the top to keep out the local wildlife. We have mostly deer but Elk and Moose also winter at our place. I grow Beans, squash and corn. I learned with the soil and altitude we live I cannot grow things I would like so I put up a 21X36 greenhouse with a drip water system. Because of problems with my Mother-in-laws health I could not plant this year which was a real let down because of all the work I have put into it. But there is always next year. I also grow berries and fruit trees and will have healing herbs in the greenhouse.