Hello! -A Post From the Newest TLBS Member!

   

Hello all!  My name is Corinne, and I'm interning with Three Little Birds Studio over the summer/fall.  And I'm so excited about this opportunity!

A little about me:

  • I'm from Long Island, NY, and though I lost my accent I will never lose my passion for good pizza.
  • I've lived in Raleigh, NC since 2007, and it is my new home.  I absolutely love this city and this state, despite the terribly hot summers.
  • I am a full-time civil engineer working with stormwater and streams!
  • I love anything involving food, fiber, and spending time outside: cooking, baking, knitting, sewing, quilting, gardening, hiking, biking, running, and playing ultimate frisbee.  I pick up hobbies like it is my job.
  • My dream job (at this point in life) is to buy a big piece of land, grow food and flowers on it, raise some sheep, and host/photograph weddings there!
  • I will undoubtedly talk about my amazing husband, Greg, and post photos of my adorable Australian Shepherd, Tupelo on here.

So, I'll be contributing on here with random bits of my life! Part experimenting with food and gardening, part crafting things, part lessons learned with photography.  Who knows where else I will take this!

For my first post, I'd like to talk about our garden!  Greg & I moved into our first house this past October, and it's been quite the journey.  Though I consider our house to be pretty freakin' cool, our backyard was a big mess of english ivy and a bunch of other invasive plants.  With the help of family and friends, an axe or two, some heavy equipment, and lots of rage, we got it tamed back to a manageable state, and we even had time to build raised beds out of beautiful cedar and plant a garden this year!   We're growing SO MANY THINGS!  Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, basil, potatoes, okra, eggplant, zucchini, rhubarb, and a bunch of herbs, and raspberries and blackberries too!! YUM! I can't wait  to eat it all.  And learn how to preserve what I can't eat (I'll probably share some posts on attempted canning experiences). Here's a glimpse into the garden:

Zucchini Flower - CWilson

I think zucchini/squash flowers are beautiful.  And you can stuff them with ricotta and eat them (which I have yet to do, but it will totally happen).

 

Green Tomatoes - CWilson

I can't wait until these little guys turn bright red.  One of my favorite foods in the summer is cherry tomatoes straight off of the vine.  If you haven't tried it yet, come on over to our house... we should have millions :).

 

Garden Beds - CWilson

Nerdy moment: We have tomato plants in two different beds... and the plants are totally different sizes - all because of the soil! City of Raleigh compost is in the bed on the far right, and certified compost is in the one to the left of it (with the plants that are explosively large).  The other two beds have a mix of compost from nearby garden centers.  I'd say the certified compost is pretty darn good.  Nerdy moment over!

 

Zucchini Plant - CWilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a photo of the certified compost bed.  The zucchini plants are CRAZY BIG! And the tomato plants - no joke - are taller than me!  I can't wait for all of the deliciousness.

 

Raspberries-CWilson

And lastly, here's our little raspberry plants that have tons of berries.  I just hope we can beat the birds to them!

 

I'll keep y'all posted on the progress.. and hopefully share some successful recipes for these soon-to-be-delicious vegetables, fruits, and herbs!

Take care,

Corinne