Snow Walk, and Garden Giveaway

Today we’re going to mix it up, a snow walk and a garden give-away all in the same post!  MUSICA for slow dancing, Girlfriends. . . 

Martha's Vineyard

go outside and play

birds in the snow

Yesterday, for the first time in weeks, maybe even months, we had My House in the Snowa sunshiny, lovely 42º.  We scrambled into our boots and RAN ourselves out the door, for the first walk in all of that time!!!  Our lawn is still covered in snow, but it’s quietly beginning to melt making a continuous little river down our driveway, joining the slightly bigger river on the street, and heading down hill to the harbor.  We weren’t sure what the dirt road that takes us out to the ocean would look like, but we were willing to try, especially when we saw what was going on in the maple tree outside the kitchen window:


The photo isn’t clear, but that’s OK, those orange spots are Robins! If this beautiful day is good enough for them, it’s good enough for us!


birds in the snow

 so here we go


. . . walking very gingerly . . . It was melting, like a slushy in some parts (the good parts) but there were long lumps of shiny wet ice, and some nice stretches of mud. . . We plot which direction we should fall in case we need to, realizing no one brought a phone, if he breaks his leg, he lays there while I “run” for help. It would be sad.  


The birds were singing, Joe’s trying to figure out where the sound is coming from . . .

Yellow Bird

See him? Way up top in the middle of the picture?  He looks white but he’s a goldfinch, he can’t clap his hands so he shows his happiness with song.

The pond

The goldfinch has a really nice view!  When we walked out of the canopy of the woods, we had our first view of the pond ~ we could see it was still partially frozen . . .


But I have to say, despite how cold it looks, the warm sun on our faces felt as much like spring as breathing into a bouquet of daffodils!  Off came my hat and gloves, unzipped goes the jacket.  THAT’S how nice it was out there!

Are you coming

I’m always behind him . . . he waits, as the ever-patient guy that he is, hands on hips . . . 

Fisherman's shack

Can’t just walk right by this little red fisherman’s shack and not stop for a photo . . . crazy man.

a garden

flower border

mud is better

See those broken square-looking things on the ground (talking mostly to the Californians and Floridians right now)?  They are giant ice chips.  When a car goes through a partly frozen puddle, the ice breaks up and scatters. That’s something you don’t see all the time. See how patient Joe is while I take pictures of them?  

the sound

We made it to the water, and I have to tell you, it wasn’t easy…. First we had to go through the deep snow in the yard of our friend’s house, then across their deck . . .


And down that very furthest set of stairs ~ see it back there?  After that, finding a high-ish tide, we had to climb over each rock-piled breakwater, maybe five of them . . . yes, you’re right, I know what you’re thinking, it was heaven out there.  (BTW, while we’re away from home, we had our bedroom windows wide open (for the first time this year); the ceiling fan was on full blast blowing out winter air and exchanging it for fresh spring air, and we knew we were going to sleep like babies after our walk to the sea!)

sea shore book

someone was here first

We discovered that others had been there first.


And then, beach booty!  Big piece of dark blue beach glass!  


ice chips

More ice chips.  I kind of love them.  Like to break them with my toe. Makes a good noise.  Two nature things happened out there that I didn’t take pictures of: A.) (Pat, you should probably skip this part.)  Because some rather large animal was dead.  I didn’t look because in my accidental half-second glance I could see it was all elbows, knees and feathers and other less identifiable furry parts, and despite my well-known interest in science, this was really not my cup of tea.  Joe looked, he decided it was a coyote AND a turkey, entwined together on the beach. Wow!  We skirt by it, my eyes covered with my hat, and we fall immediately into Morning Science discussion: First off “are there coyotes on the island?”  I didn’t think so. Otherwise I’ve been living in a fool’s paradise thinking we had no kitty-eaters on Martha’s Vineyard.  So, let’s say it was a deer. A deer and a turkey?  girlart“They don’t fight, they don’t eat each other.”  So then here’s what must have happened:  That thing (whatever it is, but it can’t be a coyote) killed the turkey, then, sadly, but deservedly, choked on a bone, fell over and died on top of it. (I just realized, this is kind of like talking about Downton Abbey.) 

iced leaves

Anyway, lovely leaves embalmed in ice.  The other nature thing we saw was a pair of birds mating on the road.  That was a first, I have never seen birds do that.  As a scientist, I had never thought about what those little devils did when we left them alone.  We thought they were dead at first, they weren’t moving at all, we didn’t even know there were two of them, till Joe looked closer to figure out which side was up, because this was one weird looking bird.  More Morning Science ensued when all of a sudden, the girl escaped!  OK, I did get a picture of the chase . . .



This is the little father, in hot pursuit! Ah, spring. Quite the adventure!

tire tracks

Tire tracks become puddles . . . Look around, where is the best place to put your foot?  Safest would probably be IN the water.



Time to go home . . . so far we have 100% not fallen down!


And we manage to keep it that way! Usually our walk is 45 minutes, yesterday it was an hour and a half.  That’s from making sure we didn’t break our necks.

Loving the Day

Front row seat to the melting of the snow. (OMG, is he not the most adorable thing in the world?)

hearts and flowers

winter garden

So we all know the snow will go . . .


And waiting for us, under all the ice are our little snow drops (these are from last year, this year’s crop is frozen stiff right now, but soon).  Because, it’s coming, only another week until official . . .


Kitchen gardens

And in honor of the moment, when we are all teetering on the verge of spring, I would love for one of you to enjoy my favorite garden book of all time . . .

flower border

Kitchen Gardens

It’s called Kitchen Gardens, an unassuming little book wonderfully written by Mary Mason Campbell with illustrations by Tasha Tudor.

Kitchen gardens

But it’s by far the most inspiring garden book I’ve ever read.  There are other books with much more detailed information, and definitely glossier pictures, but no book has ever moved me into the garden faster and happier than this one.

flower border

Tasha Tudor illustration

It was published in 1971 and I was lucky enough to happen upon it as my first garden book. “I love how Mary Campbell wrote about the “sunshine, fresh air, and privacy of our gardens. . .”

flower border

To plant a seed

Kitchen gardens

 I thought I would sign this book for you and also add a watercolor bookmark (I’ve been cutting up the bits of paper I use for testing my pen or watercolors and making bookmarks out of them).

flower border

Kitchen gardens

flower border

If you want to be entered for this giveaway, all you have to do is scroll to the bottom of this post and look for the tiny word “comments” — and leave a comment. Your comment can be just one word if you like; that will be enough to enter you for the drawing. For those of you who get my blog via email, you will have to go to www. and scroll to the very bottom of this post and find that tiny word . . . “comments” ~ for some reason, they don’t seem to send a “comment” button in an emailed blog. 
October 2016Last but not least.  I told you I finished the new calendars for 2016? I thought I would give you a little preview . . . This is “October” for the wall-calendar, and don’t worry, there are pink from me to you with lovepumpkins on the bottom part.  For thee, from me. 

Something else for thee: click on “shopping” at the top of the blog, scroll to the bottom of the column on the left, click on FREE STUFF!  Spring-themed stationery, bookmarks, tags — and computer wallpaper! 

And just one more thing I wanted to tell you:  My (our, because I’m always thinking of you when I’m writing) new book is being edited even as we speak. That means the writing part is almost done, after that I’ll paint it and add the photos and hopefully we’ll have it in about six months, maybe by the time we make our first fires next autumn.  I know the title.  But I’m afraid to say it out loud yet.  So let me get used to it, maybe next time! You’ll be the first to know!


  Until we meet again . . . Love you, love us.  XOXO

P.S. Don’t forget . . . St. Patrick’s Day is coming!


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2,987 Responses to Snow Walk, and Garden Giveaway

  1. Kim Lucak says:

    Love your books, art work and Tasha Tudor!!! Would love to win, it would be a wonderful birthday present 🙂

  2. Angela Schramm says:

    What a beautiful book. I would love to win it!

  3. Cheryl says:

    spring really is not far behind- working it’s way north – daffodils are blooming in GA!

  4. Jancie D Stearns says:

    Thank you for this lovely edition of your blog!

  5. Kim Campbell says:

    I would love a copy! I love Tasha 🙂

  6. Heidi says:

    Count me in as a Tasha Tudor fan! The gardening book is also one of my favorites! Loved all your pics! Our snow here in Indiana has been gone for awhile now, it’s amazing how much you still have! I just got home from Seattle (via Amtrak) and there wasn’t much snow anywhere. Even the Cascades were nearly bare. The Cherry blossoms were blooming in Seattle when I left!

    • sbranch says:

      Here I was, celebrating spring, and since my last post, it snowed again! Was very pretty, big fat flakes, but still, one word escapes my happy heart: enough!

  7. SusanJ says:

    Fun to read about your adventurous walk!

  8. Elizabeth S says:

    We need Spring!!!!

  9. Julie says:

    I’m so happy you and Joe survived your walk! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you both!

  10. GiGi (Teri) says:

    As I was looking at the pictures of the water…I was spying the little pebbles and shapes on the beach…wondering to myself if you ever found sea glass there….I LOVE sea glass! It makes my mind wander about the original glass item that it may have been before being tumbled to such a beautiful beach treasure. I was so happy to see those close up pictures and was hoping that the blue was glass and not some piece of broken plastic that isn’t fun at all to find! However…did you notice that the rock or shell just below the sea glass almost has a heart shape to it? Second to sea glass is heart shaped pieces…I always think of someone I have loved and lost when I see something heart shaped on the beach and imagine it is them saying “hi” to me or telling me that they “love” me or that they have not forgotten me….I have in some cases passed those pieces on to friends who need a little love in their life…I am always happy to share my beach treasures! What a delightful little adventure you shared today! I am stuck in a desert state…but my heart is on a beach somewhere…Have a heartfelt day!

  11. Jill says:

    Spring has sprung here in California… a little too early, but I’m so excited to begin gardening again! That book looks so lovely.♡

  12. Corky Stonebraker says:

    Susan Branch, Betty Crocker & Tasha Tudor…it doesn’t get any better than that!

  13. Lisa Duke says:

    I know this about the kitchen gardening book (which I absolutely love!) but I wanted to thank you for your summary of Downton Abbey season finale. I especially enjoyed your comments about the hats! I came from your Facebook page to visit and enjoyed your blog immensely. I will return!

  14. Martha says:

    We are blessed to enjoy different seasons. In the South we are enjoying many early signs of spring; I love the daffodils ! Hope your snow melts quickly and flowers begin popping up. This is truly a time of new beginnings.

  15. Every season is indeed wonderful, but after the winter that we’ve had Spring is smelling sweeter than ever! I can’t wait to open the (ice covered) windows and let in the fresh air! Thank you for this lovely give-a-way! Now that Downton is over (insert sob sound here) it’s nice to have something to look forward to! ♥♥♥

  16. Patti Reed says:

    I can’t wait to get started on my garden! This coming weekend I’m going to the garden show at Navy Pier in Chicago. I’m taking my parents with me. They’re older and don’t drive downtown. We’re very excited.

  17. Carmen from Southern Oregon says:

    Tasha Tudor, Betty Crocker, and Susan Branch…ahha…a combination to be enjoyed with or without a cup o’ tea! I love reading your blog postings aloud to my hubby…so we can giggle together over the critter and Susan-n-Joe antics!

  18. Laura Benthien says:

    I have a severe case of Spring Fever! I would love the gardening book to dream with!

  19. mary kahler says:

    Susan, I enjoyed your walk down to the water and your optimism about the arrival of Spring. Here in Falmouth we still have piles of dirty snow, but there are growing patches of green. I expect to see a few snowdrops very soon.
    I am so inspired by all of your words and drawings. I pour over your calendar pages and books enjoying each tiny detail. You have made me look at nature with new appreciation. Wishing you gentle breezes and warm sunny days.

    • sbranch says:

      Thank you Mary . . . Thank all of you, I’m trying to get your comments up (out of “moderation”), but it’s very difficult to read all your wonderful charming words and not reply to all . . . THANK YOU, dear ones, you make my morning very bright. xoxo

  20. GiGi (Teri) says:

    PS…Did you water color the page it is turned to? Everything I have read states it is has black and white drawings….that looks like color to me!

    • sbranch says:

      No, there are a few color drawings in the book too, I haven’t watercolored the book I’m giving . . . I’ll let you do that!

  21. Sue Bastiani says:

    After a beautiful sunny winter in the Pacific Northwest I am ready for spring even so. I’ve seen the robins, not much rain, we need to garden as soon as we can! Thank you Susan

  22. Jan from Northern CA says:

    Hello from dry Northern CA. 🙁 We have clouds, but no rain. Wish you could send some of that snow and rain out here. I just got home from a week in Colorado at my daughters. It was 9 degrees when I arrived, but apparently the warm weather followed me as it was into the 50’s by the time I left and it got even warmer. My daughter and I visited two very different “Tea Shops” while we were there. The “Swan House” in Loveland and the “Moon Kats Tea Shop” up in Estes Park. Both were awsome! The Swan was owned by the cutest older couple in this old house….and then, my favorite…..because of all the kitty things…..was the one up the canyon in Estes. We stumbled upon it on our walk back to the car. My two favorite things, tea and kitties!!! I did get to see some snow too! I loved this post, especially all the photos from your walk to the sea shore. Brings to mind, “She sells sea shells by the sea shore”. Don’t know where that came from….lol. I got home to our 5 kitties. I missed them and they missed me as I spoil them to death. Your photo of Jack was so cute! Well, we hope you have spring soon. Hang in there!
    Jan from Northern CA

    • sbranch says:

      Aren’t tea shops the best? Each one of them has a completely different personality from others, all in the whimsy and vision of the owners.

      • Jan from Northern CA says:

        I dream of having one myself. I just have to retire from my second career….then maybe? 🙂 It would be soooo much fun and all that baking. Sigh. Never say never….

  23. Gretchen Leoni says:

    You plant perpetual gardens of joy for all of us who journey with you. 🙂

  24. paula cottrell says:

    Today in a waiting room, I was reading the March issue of Vogue magazine. In an
    article about Candace Bergen I was dismayed that she has written her autobiography and named it “A Fine Romance.” I don’t want anyone to encroach in our Susan Branch realm. Can she do this? I’m re-reading your Fine Romance and truly savoring it again. BTW I already have the gardening book by Mary Campbell, so if my name should happen to be drawn, please pass it on to someone else. Thank you for brightening up our world with your generosity!

    • sbranch says:

      I saw that too, Paula, I had to laugh. I’m sure they knew . . . publishers always look to see if someone has used a title, but then why would someone say no to Candace Bergen. It’s OK, I’ll share. Because, if you think about it, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields and Fred Astaire shared with me.

  25. Kathy Housley says:

    I love the pictures of your almost spring walk. I also adore anything by Tasha Tudor.

  26. Jacqueline Hoshaw says:

    My plum tree is in full bloom, BEAUTIFUL 🙂

  27. Cindy (in South Carolina) says:

    So happy to have a chance at the Kitchen Garden book! Loved walking to the sea with you and Joe. We walk every morning and a few days ago we saw an alligator sunning near a pond, a sure sign that spring is near. I really like the anticipation of waiting for a new book!

    • sbranch says:

      Alligators! I forgot they are a “normal” thing to see in some parts of the country! I thought gophers were bad!

  28. Happy Spring, Suzie Q. Loved your post. I’m so glad you and Joe made it to the beach and home without falling.
    I’m behind on reading your posts, maybe because during my convalescence, I caught up on Seasons 1-5 of Downton Abby. With you raving about it, how could I resist. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading your previous post soon, maybe before I hit the sack.
    Oh, I had my right knee replaced on January 14 of this year. Two months into recovery, and so far it’s going really well. I hope to get to your wonderful Vineyard this summer and have lots of strength to walk around and explore.
    As for the snowdrops, I remembered your post from last year. Our hillside finally has started to appear from under its blanket of snow, and sure enough, the snowdrops were up and nearly ready to blossom. Since I do not know if one can include a photo in a comment, I’ll tweet it out to you.
    The clock is striking the midnight hour – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    • sbranch says:

      Congratulations on the knee, and for making your recovery time-well-spent, with Downton! You are coming into spring a better person! 🙂 I’ll look for your Tweet. Sweet dreams.

  29. chris consentino says:

    wishing you and all the happiest of St. Patrick’s Day!!!! mmmm. will be enjoying corned-beef-and-cabbage….or, “boiled-dinner” as is said in new England!!!! mmmm. sooooo good. speaking of new England, and nh especially…wow…my dearest friend in nh got 5 inches NEW snow over the weekend…….I’m thinking they won’t melt-out till july 4th. wonderful to see all the spring-things arrive. slowly, but surely. hope your dad is continuing to feel better- and-better-every-day!!!! xo

  30. Cynthia Perlman says:

    The snow is melting here and I am daydreaming of lovely Spring days spent in my garden. Sending you Spring Greetings (a little early).

  31. Tracey Steele says:

    I enjoyed your walk very much. I am so excited, because I will soon have a new garden when we move house – so much to look forward to.

  32. Mary Hibbs says:

    Love Tasha Tudor. Count me in.

  33. Mary V says:

    When I’m down, your site lifts me up . If she can have it, SO CAN I!!!!!!!!! LOVE ALL YOUR STAFF AND LIFE…………..

  34. Kim Tichinin says:

    Would love this garden book ❤️

  35. Here in SAfrica, we are moving into our balmy warm Autumn days .. So beautiful! Fingers crossed xxx

  36. Deborah Baxter says:

    Good morning. It is going to be a lovely day……I need the book. Well, I guess everyone does. I can offer to “help” Vanna….lol.

  37. Katherine in Atlanta says:

    Congratulations on finishing your 2016 calendars! 🙂 And happy Spring…almost.

  38. Oh my word – what a lovely view you have ! We get snow so rarely down here , and I just love it . Happy , happy spring to you !

  39. Debby says:

    Love Tasha Tudor! Happy St. Patrick’s Day Susan

  40. Nancie dunn says:

    Looking at your calendar as I write. Love it so.

  41. Robin Murray says:

    Oh my can I still put my name in the hat?! Lovely, special and amazing giveaway, Would love to put my hands around this beautiful book. xoRobin

  42. Nese says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Your Irish Stew is on the menu for tonight!

  43. My forsythia is popping – just in time to herald the st. paddy’s faeries!

  44. I am so looking forward to spring – and my forsythia is just beginning to herald its arrival!

  45. Gayle says:

    OH heavens, look at the comments! I may as well throw mine in because that looks like the sweetest little cookbook ever and I would always treasure it. Happy St. Patties Day!

  46. Susie Kilgroe says:

    Love gardening and have a collection of Tasha Tudor books. I even traveled to Cincinati once to see her at a garden show!

  47. Lori Skees says:

    Oh my! Book about kitchen gardens AND illustrated by Tasha Tudor? Double bonus!

  48. Katherine in Lemon Grove (San Diego) says:

    Dearest Susan,
    If you don’t play, you can’t win right? Besides it’s such a charming little book. Would love to read it and try it and cherish it! Hope you can throw out a recipe or two soon! 🙂 All the best to you!

  49. Joan says:

    Spring is on its way! The crocuses are blooming! The book looks lovely. Happy St. Patty’s Day.

  50. Julie Earnest says:

    Your blog makes me smile!

  51. LInda Mo says:

    Love a copy

  52. Sophie Trahan says:

    This books seems to come right from your own universe! It looks delightful, just as all your creations, and quite inspiring! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  53. Maureen says:

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I’m hoping the luck o the Irish will be with me for your garden giveaway. Thank you for offering this sweet book to us!

  54. Kimberly Edwards says:

    What a beautiful book!

  55. Linda says:

    I have loved Tasha Tudor’s illustration and her garden for years. Collecting her books, and gardening magazines about her art and of course her garden that I someday hope to visit. The book that you have looks truly beautiful. Happy St Patrick’s Day.

  56. Dee says:

    I like crunching those ice chips too. We get them at the end of our driveway where it drains rather poorly. Almost as good a sound as the leaves crunching in autumn. This is a great giveaway. Fingers crossed.

  57. Carolyn says:

    Tasha Tudor is one of my most favorite illustrators. Luck the one whose name is drawn.

  58. Dawn Castor says:

    I love Tasha Tudor and Betty Crocker and Susan Branch.

  59. I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been a fan for years and have your books and even my “checks” are your lovely artwork.

    Thank you for the chance at this glorious garden book!

    Gran Jan

  60. Linda Langendorfer says:

    So happy I read your posting today. I love how your husband is so calm waiting for you to take all your wonderful pictures. It is really true that a picture is worth a thousand words. No snow pictures in the PNW this year but plenty of rain. So while you maneuver the ice and snow we will just have to put our rubber boots on and splash in the puddles!!!

  61. Sylvia says:

    What a charming book! I’m so glad I found your blog a few months ago. Thank you for providing such a cozy place.

  62. Ginger says:

    Your snow is beautiful, but I’m so ready for spring. It’s my favorite time of year ~ I love anything that looks like a garden.

  63. Joan says:

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for thinking of us and offering it to a lucky reader!
    My snowdrops have bloomed–much later than usual, but they just waited patiently for the ice to melt.

  64. Peggy says:

    Hi Susan,

    Love ,love ,love the painting of Jack with his pony tail holder -wonderful!

    from Peggy and Sparky

    ps. you might want to know. when you take cuttings from your magnolia (or other trees you leave a place where the tree might be attacked and killed :((
    I’ve had it happen to mine. So if you really love a particular tree you may want to just enjoy the outside bloom time. I so love the cuttings too but am now very selective. Even try to find wild or abandoned ones to cut instead. from master gardener Peggy

    • sbranch says:

      Oh thank you Peggy, I didn’t know that! I’ve always heard it was safe in late dormancy period.

  65. Gina Miller says:

    I would LOVE a sweet gardening book like this one, to snuggle up with and cherish, cover to cover. 🙂

  66. Kathleen O. says:

    Many, many thanks for bringing sunshine to all your readers. And, for highlighting the wonderful duo of Mary Mason Campbell and Tasha Tudor, New England inspirations!
    Have you read their Butt’ry Shelf Almanac, another true treasure?
    Have a marvelous Spring, Susan!

  67. Lorraine says:

    I love that book – with Tasha Tudor, to boot! – thank you Susan Branch. What a book for the ages. Though we are all different, what kindred spirits we all are.

  68. Jane Armour says:

    And in Georgia, it is already in the mid 80’s. Yes, things are becoming pretty and green with Apple and pear trees in glorious bloom. The only thing is, if it is this hot already, I am really. Ot too much looking forward to our summer!

  69. Cheryl says:

    I love Tasha Tudor and I love gardening so I want to get my name in the hat for your lovely giveaway! Thank you!

  70. Caroline says:

    Ooh! What a beautiful treasure of a book! I would love to win. 🙂

  71. The birds are coming

    The birds are at the feeder on their way back to Wisconsin and Brenda, my tabby cat, is watching blissfully through the window iike your cat.

  72. Carole B says:

    I would love to win this book! I’ve only had a garden for two years. Well, maybe I should say three years, but the first year all I planted was seven varieties of sunflowers in order to grow enough for my daughters wedding. Two years of gardens is enough to teach me I have much to learn, but I love having my own fresh vegetables and flowers. Pretty sure I will now have a garden until I’m too old and decrepit to bend over.

  73. Melissa says:

    I love a giveaway! Thank you!

  74. Amy says:

    I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of that book. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  75. Susan Stout says:

    My mother in law recently gave me a stack of recipes that you drew for Country Living Magazine! What beautiful artwork and yummy recipes!!

  76. Stacey Rastetter says:

    One word always comes to mind: quaint.

  77. Kristina in Nebraska says:

    Now that would be a treasure to have! I’m dreaming of spring and flowers and vegetable gardens and new calves in the fields. (sigh)

  78. Mary H. says:

    Your blog warms my heart! I just want to give you a big Arkansas Hug and thank you for the warmth and smiles you give .
    May the luck of the Irish be with you and yours!

  79. Kathy Cooper-Boyle says:

    And top of the mornin to ya….

  80. Jean Dean says:

    Hope to win this one as I love to garden, love cookbooks, love Tasha Tudor and my Welsh Pembroke Corgi Margen who is 12 years old this year and just the sweetest dog there is. For all of you who have special friends please tell them today how special they are to you. My best friend of 36 years passed away on the 13th of March, the same day my father died a year ago. Jean

    • sbranch says:

      The very best advice of all. Thank Jean, I’m so sorry. A terrible loss.

    • Jennie Lou says:

      Dear Jean, what a comfort it must be that your dear friend had someone who had gone ahead to greet her when she arrived, and that you will always think of them both on the same day. Bless you.

  81. amy says:

    Tasha Tudor to me is as Gladys Tabor is to you:-) Although after you made the introductions betwixt Gladys and myself….. I have loved her dearly ever since and am now… the proud owner of many of her books. Thank you for making my world a brighter space to be in….xo

  82. Sandra Turnbull says:

    Susan….wishing you a Happy, Happy…very Irish…St. Patrick’s day! Top ‘O the Morning to you and your sweetie!! Love your contest drawings…..thank you for all you do for us fans/readers! Your posts and all the books I have of yours bring much sunshine into my life!


  83. Carla erlandson says:

    I have never commented before but I love your blog, Susan. I work in a state mental hospital with very I’ll people and it can be a very dark place. I go to your blog to help me keep the light. I also love Tasha Tudor and have 2 sweet corgies, Winslow and Sally.

    • Carla erlandson says:

      That would be ill people… gotta love auto correct.

      • Carla erlandson says:

        I had never commented before and now I see that my first comment is “awaiting moderation” whatever that means. Susan, I shared that I work in a Mental Hospital and your blog helps me keep the light. I then posted another comment following that autocorrect had changed “ill” to “I’ll” which then looked really goofy without the first part… egads! I love Tasha Tudor and hope this all makes sense…

        • sbranch says:

          Makes perfect sense, thank you for not giving up. I have to “moderate” the comments, which is good, because I like to read them anyway — we get a lot of spam on here which is another reason I need to moderate. Anyway, sometimes I’m slow. Your comment is very likely here and I just haven’t gotten to it yet. The newest ones come to the top, which is why I’m here first! Hope this makes sense!

    • sbranch says:

      I am happy to have you here in the light Carla; thank you so much for what you do and endure. The world would be a darker place without you and your fellow caregivers. Two corgies! I’m sure they warm the cockles of your heart every day.

      • Jan from Northern CA says:

        Thank you Carla for your special care to those in such need. It take a very special person and caregiver to do those jobs. You are very appreciated!! We FOSB are great listeners. You can always come to Susan and we “Girlfriends” for an ear and a smile. Blessings to you and your co-workers.
        Jan from Northern CA

  84. Jen from Michigan says:

    Hoping the luck o’the Irish will be on my side! Would love to tickle the pages of that book while patiently waiting for all the snow to melt and the ground to thaw!

  85. Diane H. Campbell says:

    Thank you for brightening a dreary, dark St. Patrick’s Day!!!
    Of course, Tasha would make it even brighter.

  86. Jonna Green says:


    Absolutely love your blog and books! Puts a smile on my face, everytime!

    Looking forward to some Spring soon!


  87. Barb Skinner says:

    What a lovely book, one to lift the spirits and warm the heart!

  88. Amy J. says:

    We’ve been blessed with an early spring here in North Idaho. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  89. Wow! So many comments- hope you are eating your Wheaties. 🙂

    Happy St. Pat’s- Erin go Bragh! Ireland forever!
    I’m green with envy for your snow; west of the Rockies we are snowless. Our day lilies are 8 inches tall and we have arugula in the garden that is already bolting. Crazy, scary and crazy. We just drove from Utah to the Bay area in California on Sunday and the Sierras are almost completely thawed- you would think it was May instead of March. Eeek.
    Enjoy your brisk walks and come home safely. Excited about the new book being edited.
    I love that sweet Mary Mason Campbell garden book. Tasha Tudor was a lovely artist -as are you. <3

  90. Judy says:

    What a sweet looking book, would love to have a copy.
    Always enjoy your blog and website. Loved “A Fine Romance”
    and looking forward to your next book.

  91. Christy Etter says:

    What the heck, I never win, but I’ll give it a whirl!

  92. Georgiana AKA "Bug" says:

    Susan… I’ve loved your calendars over the years as does my daughter! I’d love to have the autographed garden book! It’s beautiful ! Thank you for all you do to share your life and home with us! Blessings to you and yours on this St. Patrick’s Day!

  93. Anne Meurer` says:

    have you read the books about Tasha Tudor, by Tovah Martin? You would like them, for sure. Also love the beach photos today, as I grew up in Falmouth, way back in the i30s and 40s. Thanks for ALL your great pix and CATS !

  94. PAULA says:

    Just a note to say thank you. You cheer our days, and it is Spring already. Haven’t decided which time of year is a favorite, but your emails are lovely any time of year. Paula from Cal.

  95. Jenny Johnston says:

    Loved going on a walk with you and Joe. Kitty gets cuter each time we see him. How does he do that? Thanks for sharing your favorite books with us. I search for your recommended titles every time I hit an antique store, flea market, vintage store, thrift store and book sale. Spring is almost here! Hooray!

  96. FD Robertson says:

    Susan, Thank you for offering this lovely spring giveaway!
    It’s a jewel!

  97. Deb A. says:

    Always a treat to win something you love. Thank you Susan!

  98. Janet says:

    Sue…. (about ten years ago I attended an event at Connor Prairie Farm where you were giving a book signing and you told us we could call you SUE!!) Oh, please please please let Vanna pull my name from the comments. Just moved to a new house and am planning the kitchen garden as we speak (write) ….. love to have the book. I’m a Tasha fan too!

  99. Kimberly Godwin says:

    Love your blog, and recipes! So cheerful! Thank you!!!

  100. Deborah Mooney says:

    Oh How I wish my snow drops would grow like yours!

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