My 100th Post!

It’s very hard to believe that I’ve reached my 100th post… who’d have ever thought it…certainly not me. I remember my first post well. I was so nervous. I’d never done this or anything quite like it before, other than joining Facebook, and other yahoo groups and web sites a long time ago. This was completely different… my little kingdom where I could post anything I wanted, wide open and completely unchartered territory!  So I started posting photos and captions, and writing about them. Lots of my posts were about the garden and my family, which is where my heart is. Sometimes I think I’d like to write a very polished and professional gardening blog, then I find myself writing and sounding just like myself. I’m not generally polished and professional. I can be if needed but I don’t think I’ll ever have that well-spoken, intellectual tone that gets freshly pressed and recognized widely. That’s okay, I’m going to enjoy this and be comfortable in my own skin. I’d like to use The Salem Garden to help people. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Maybe I should laser focus in on basic gardening concepts, or start another blog dedicated to helping people who are in very difficult circumstances? Those who are close know that I’ve had kind of a Forest Gump type of experience, especially in the past seven years. I may write about all of that someday, we’ll see.

In the meantime here’s a re-cap of some of my favorite moments from the past six months or so…

The garden at the beginning of the season, all planted in and ready to go..IMG_0311

This was my third post, the one about turkeys in the yardIMG_5727Then I wanted to give you an idea about what  Salem is really likeIMG_3908And of course, I posted about weeds. I never, ever profess to be a perfect gardener in any way. I make lots and lots of mistakes and I have no professional experience. I just love it and that’s what I share.IMG_0738Then there are these moments, when we can just enjoy the view. IMG_0751The little kids and I planted potatoes!IMG_0769and there were always chickens..IMG_7674And the Common..IMG_7732And kids helping. I love this photo, I used it on our family Christmas Card this year..IMG_7777People loved the green monster post. I should decorate more, and blog about decorating more. There is a really big audience for that!IMG_7806I should post more recipes too, this chocolate chip cookies recipe post is a big favorite…IMG_7829and there’s always more chickens… In the spring I might do some nitty gritty chicken maintenance posts with Michael, especially if we have baby chicks again. Chickens are fun!IMG_7853The bee balm grew.IMG_8605And I posted about my dream house… this was widely read too. I may do a series of dream houses…  IMG_8584We played on the beach at Winter Island a lot..IMG_8754And enjoyed one of my favorite gardens anywhere! IMG_8085There have been waterfalls…IMG_0794

And very special visitors..

I visited lots of gardens and I have a very long list that I missed!  IMG_8306

We even painted chairs one dayIMG_0094The garden kept growing and growing…IMG_9490We had the experience of Hurricane Sandy, although we were spared the worst of it.. There was also the near miss of the tornado. Who would have ever thought this would happen?DSC00859You all seemed to enjoy this guy last weekend! So did I!

and now we’re looking at the winter garden…


It’s time to settle in for the long New England winter, plan for the spring and enjoy a some quiet, cold days. I have lots of thoughts for the winter edition of The Salem Garden… It will be fun!!

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for reading, commenting, correcting, and cheering me on!

I love it here.




  1. J. G. Burdette says:

    Congrats on your 100th post!


  2. nutsfortreasure says:

    Love the trip and congrats!


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  3. Blaire says:

    Wow! That went quickly, huh? Congratulations! You are making people smile every time they read your posts; THAT is helping people, so you already started. 🙂


    1. It did go quickly! Thank you Blaire, for everything. 🙂


  4. Congratulations, and thank you,Michele! It has been an enjoyable ride so far…


  5. oldhick54 says:

    Neighbor, I love your posts and the fabulous pictures. The one of the black chicken is especially nice!


  6. PJ Girl says:

    Well done Michele x I love popping over to see your blog and I look forward to the Forrest Gump tale someday!


    1. Thank You PJ!, We’ll see, I just may do it!


  7. Cindy says:

    When you list so many highlights, you realize how busy you have been and now your deserve a little time to rest indoors and work on the office space. I think any white with pink undertones is more cheery than the green undertones. Can’t wait to see the finished product!


    1. We do need to rest a little this winter cindy! Michael has been painting away and the color looks great, the green undertones were quickly removed from the possibilities… I hope that all is well with you and yours. Give your mom a hug for me!


  8. daseger says:

    Belated congratulations and I love your new look. Your blog is great because it’s authentic–there are too many glossy ones out there!


    1. Thank you Donna! I’m not the glossy type, lol… we should try to have coffee sometime in the new year, I’d love to meet you!


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