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My blogaversary is today. Three years ago, I started it to record my retirement journey. I took a few CSA pictures and started posting, inspired by a couple of local bloggers who recorded what they got from their Breezy Willow CSAs. I added my fall CSA bounty into that mix.

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Kitchen Scribble and Allura. Kat at Kitchen Scribble still blogs, but Allura is no longer active.

Between howchow, the biggest local food blog, and the hocoblogs pages, I pretty much learned what was interesting to others, to get them to read my blog, and to find topics to keep it going.

And, somewhere between the Old “Dark Days” challenge, where I began that locavore journey in earnest, and today, I turned my focus from unconscious consumer of whatever was on sale or looked good, to a proponent of small businesses/farms/local purveyors and much more. I honestly think I became that advocate because of the blogging. I didn’t start out to write a food blog. More like a “here is what interests me where I live” blog.


What interests me the most these days is my community. Which includes most of Central Maryland. Still a pretty decent place to live. Even when the weather is awful. I haven’t tired of exploring it. Or of writing about it.

Stay tuned for a winter of exploration. Going to places brand new to us, rediscovering some old haunts that we haven’t visited in a long time. Winter isn’t a time for hibernation.

It’s also a time to really enjoy the outdoors. Want to join us for a hike this coming Saturday? A family hike out at the Mt. Pleasant site of the Howard County Conservancy. Groups of different ages, and paces, who will explore the grasslands and woodlands with volunteer naturalists leading the way. Free. 10am, November 8. The long term weather forecast looks good.

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The pot people are waiting to greet us.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

7 responses »

  1. Thanks for the mention! I am a fan of your local reporting (I found you via twitter recently) and had no idea that you knew of my old site at all! Congrats on 3 years!

  2. Congratulations! I’ve enjoyed reading you and even though I live in Ohio–you’re still helping me (I’ve got Larriland berry jam in the pantry from my visit back in June). Actually, the pantry shelf broke so I’ve got jam all over–on top of the microwave, behind the flour . . .
    Please keep it up!

  3. Congratulations, Annie Rie. It’s been fun getting to know you (and Jack) these past three years … and it’s been awesome to get to know the local food scene better through your eyes, too. Here’s to many more years of blogging about what interests you!

  4. Santangelo, Robin

    Hi, Annie!

    I LOVE your blog and your excellent photos!

    Is there any way I could please use some of your photos on the Frederick County Government website? It’s a public site and not-for-profit. I could try to give you photo credits, too!

    I would be glad to discuss this with you.

    Thanks for considering!

    Best wishes,

  5. I too love your blog. It’s been an inspiration to me. This was my 1st season using a CSA and it definitely won’t be my last. I love your resources page and it has helped me to explore the many small local food providers in the area. Thanks so much!

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