Friday, July 11, 2014


Photo courtesy Flickr

This is the time of year I most appreciate the summer house in the back yard. The building evolved over a number of years in response to friends’ suggestions and the design ideas of the carpenters who kept it from composting in place.  What was originally a pre-fab Model T garage has become the Northwest version of a tea house. 

A ten-second commute from the kitchen produces as much tranquility as a week-end at the beach. This far into the growing season the heavy labor of spring is finished. I can spend a day listening to the plants grow and the neighborhood mature.

Asby Brown’s Just Enough is a good guide to the kind of thinking that generates a valuable retreat for pennies.


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