I’m Cyndy Harrington – backyard gardener, sometimes cook and observer of life’s treasurers. I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for the last 15 years and right from the start, learned that gardening can be challenging, to say the least. My husband of 32 years, Doug, is the best gardening partner! He has creative ideas and is always willing to implement them (i.e. digging, moving the heavy stuff)! He’s also an amazing cook. We’ve had a number of failures right along with many successes and more than our share of surprises. Our 7,200′ altitude backyard is our paradise from May through September.
We have a big backyard but limit the “garden” to the first 2 layers. It morphed over the years from a little garden off the back deck, to adding the pond, adding aspen trees, moving rocks again and again, clearing new patches, more planting, killing all the grass and laying down tons (literally) of flagstone. It’s never the same year over year. We get “uninvited guests” both of the plant nature and the animal nature. Smithers, our resident garden snake has been slithering around for years and even he has grown his family!
hummingbirdsWe’re blessed with various birds – some stay for the summer and some are just fly-thrus heading to their next generation. We are not so blessed with a not so bight robin that visits each spring and just keeps slamming into the windows – again, and again, and again… Even in the winter we have the feeders out to attract the wrens and toehees. Blue jays love to hang out between the ground seeds and the pond. The greatest bird adventure we have are the hummingbirds! We’ve perfected the right formula that draws nearly 50 at a time, especially just as dusk is about to disappear and night sets in. The neighbors are pretty used to this so it’s not uncommon to have an audience during that last feed frenzy!
Last year we made a vegetable garden for the first time! We were blessed with lots of lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, carrots and onions! Last year was not a great year for tomatoes (doesn’t get hot enough and the season isn’t long enough). We’re hopeful for just one good tomato plant producer this year. From all the talk about gardening there came the inevitable discussions on recipes and all the great dishes that we could make and share with family and friends.
A good portion of my spare time in the last 10 years has been spent working on my family genealogy. The long hours and all that digging through books and websites paid off as I became a D.A.R. (Daughter of the American Revolution) in May 2009. Our local D.A.R. chapter is filled with the nicest women who share the same love for genealogy, love of our patriots (yesteryear’s and today’s!) and volunteer for a variety of local projects.
Doug has a love for photography and I inherited the bug a couple of years ago. Throughout this site you’ll see pictures taken by both of us.
I have wonderful friends! You will see and hear from them on this site from time to time. We have fun times together.
I love writing and the last several years of gardening, cooking and life experiences have provided a wealth of ideas that I’d like to share with you. I’d love to hear from you, too! This website will be a great place to share our collective knowledge and help each other through life’s thorny patches!