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What the poet planted: William Wordsworth’s garden at Dove Cottage

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How apt that this year is a milestone for the poet Wordsworth. It is the 250th anniversary of his birth. Since then, he has been hailed as a pioneering ecologist and is a trailblazer for lovers of nature and country life. Jonathan Bate’s new book on him is even called Radical Wordsworth, claiming that he changed the world. I doubt that, especially having read it.

He is, however, a perfect poet for times of social distancing. He lived in a social bubble with his sister, then also with his wife and children. He self-isolated on long walks in wild, remote landscapes. He seldom broke the six-person limit during his early to middle years. In this voluntary lockdown, he produced most of his greatest poetry.

His poetry on natural landscape and his changing relationship to it too are masterpieces, from “Tintern Abbey” to the unsurpassed “Prelude”. Yet he grew to

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Bruna’s Cheese Bread Moves From Food Truck to Cottage Bakery

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“It’s a bread meant to be eaten fresh out of the oven,” says Bruna Piauí Graf, founder of Bruna’s Cheese Bread. “It can be good later, but I don’t suggest that.” Brazilian pão de queijo — or cheese bread — are savory puff pastries made with gluten-free tapioca flour and cheese. They’re served everywhere in Brazil, and now, thanks to Graf, here in Denver, as well.

Graf says she started Bruna’s Cheese Bread because she couldn’t find good pão de queijo in Denver. In 2019, she used the bread as inspiration for a food truck serving Brazilian sandwiches. But when this year’s pandemic ended plans for owning the food truck, Graf turned to selling the pre-made dough as it’s often found in Brazil: frozen and ready to be baked in the oven.

Pão de queijo originated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. The key ingredient, tapioca flour, comes from

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8 Easy Ideas for Cottage Garden-Inspired Decor

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Use what you have to create a happy, garden-inspired vignette

vintage metal drawer cabinet with cottage garden decor

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Hello, friends! I hope you’re safe and sound and hanging in there. We’re living in strange and unsettling times right now so it’s nice to be able to have a little happy zone somewhere in your house if possible. 

Today I’m joining with some of my thrifty, vintage-loving friends to share some ideas for garden decor. Perfect for this time of year, right? Plus there’s nothing more hopeful than flowers blooming or planting a garden.

Our group normally scours thrift stores and finds items to use or upcycle for our themes. But with things being the way they are, we’re either using what we already had on hand or what we found a few weeks ago. We’re not encouraging anyone to go out thrifting at this time.

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