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Foxy Garden

I wasn’t surprised by the deer.  We had been bribing the deer with little gifts of spent pea vines and leafed out fruit tree suckers.  It was the ‘blur in the background’ that caught my attention.  It wasn’t the first time we had seen the fox.

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The first time we spotted Mr. Fox was back in April, when he was visiting the bird feeding area. The crows had been spilling the food onto the ground where they could get it easier. Mr. Fox could get it too…how often I wonder?

The fox was probably cleaning up the dropped plums.  My wife wonders if foxes can eat cats.  It looks big enough.

Speaking of deer…

19 Baby deer, spots, 8-8-17

August 8…A baby deer appeared for the first time this evening. My very observant wife says the mama deer trusted us enough to bring out her fawn. My wife had been observing the doe for a few days. When the doe came out yesterday, she kept looking back at something, staring at what, another deer? Possibly her fawn, making sure it stayed put.

11 The proud Mom, 8-8-17

The proud mama… I’m quite sure the deer can see us looking at them through the window. How do I know? There are times in the spring when there’s nothing out on the board. The deer will just STAND AND STARE.

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4295 Calliope Painting a sign, 4-29-17

April 29, 2017…Granddaughter Calliope helps to paint her Mom’s sign for the Climate Rally in Eugene, Oregon.  (In solidarity with People’s Climate March in DC and nationally.)

This is her protest sign, the one she made herself. I’m so proud of her. At four years of age, this is already her third protest.

5135 Every gallon you burn, 4-29-17

I don’t know if many people are aware of it, but when you burn a gallon of gas when driving, you are producing 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. If this bothers you as much as it does me, try having a car-free day each week. We started that about 10 years ago and actually got as high as 50% car-free days. That’s an average of 3 1/2 days each week using either a bicycle, walking, or staying at home. When I think about the planet that my generation will be giving to my kids and grandkids, I’m very ready to sacrifice a little to help their future out.

The following video was taken at the 350Eugene Climate Rally on the steps of The Federal Building in Eugene Oregon, April 29, 2017.

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4999 Turnip cover crop blooming, 4-21-17 copy

April 21…The turnips are blooming.  Why is that important?  Because the bees are getting the pollen.  Pollen that is high in protein, with all the essential amino acids, and is highly digestible.  Last October, we planted the turnips as a cover crop and intended the blossoms to mature early in spring, but we didn’t realize that the pollen was so nourishing.  Apparently, the bees do well on it, so well it can lead to swarming.  I just hope I can capture the swarm.

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Pollen sacs full. (A lucky shot with an iPhone)

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4966 Pat's Warre Hive, bees outside, 4-18-17.JPG

For several days (when it’s not raining) the bees have appeared on the front of the hive.  I think they’re waiting for a sunny day.  “Be patient, little critters, good weather is coming soon.”

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Feb. 5…We’re gone for two days and look what happens…Our 45 year old front yard tree decides to topple.

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it yanked the post clean out of the ground.

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Look at all those branches…I’m going to try out my new battery-powered pole saw.

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I like this saw.

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That little Greenworks 8 inch battery powered pole saw worked fast…It’s quiet with no mixed gas and no emissions.

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While I was looking over all the wind damaged trees, a City of Bandon ‘bucket’ truck drove by, turned around, and stopped. “Looks like you could use some help.” Kevin took care of the leaning eucalyptus tree while Mark started cutting the big one.

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Thank you Mark and Kevin and the City of Bandon utility crew.

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That left the bare straight part and the stump. I figured we could wait for the weekend, but my wife let it be known that it had to be removed ASAP. “The fence is open and Bailey (our old and very deaf dog) could get hit by a car.”

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A rented log splitter did most of the work with the two of us wrestling the sawn rounds onto the splitting plate.

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I love it when the splitter pops the ’round’ all the way through, but it doesn’t happen often enough.

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Load after load gets carried away with our DR Power Wagon. It will carry 800 pounds (362 kg) of anything, but it’s fossil fueled. We want to replace it with a battery-powered version. If anyone has a suggestion, please comment.   Cool hat, Sue.

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That stump was stubborn, but no match for the two of us, even though we’re in our 70’s.

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Carmen is going to miss her climbing tree.

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Sue shows off the latest in log splitting gear.

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…and her mighty stacks of firewood.

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Returning from our morning walk, my wife turns to me, “Pat, the field is looking seedy.  Should we mow it?”  “Yeah, let’s mow it,” I say, wondering if there’s enough gas.  Hmmm, I think I’ll try the new EGO battery mower to see if it’ll work on the thicker grass.  To my surprise it works well.

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July 4th…Independence Day. Mowing thick grass with the EGO cordless electric mower. I’m not producing carbon emissions. I’M INDEPENDENT OF FOSSIL FUEL.

We usually mow the field with the big DR Brush cutter.  It’s about 11 hp and uses quite a bit of gas, so I was very impressed that the EGO cordless mower could handle this thicker and taller grass.

3529 Leave some Heal's All, Bird's Foot Trefoil for bees, 7-4-16

Leave some “No Mow Zones” for the bees. Here’s some healsall plants and some yellow Bird’s Foot Trefoil.

3527 Left some tall grass for the deer, 7-4-16

I left some tall grass too, for the deer. I know, I know, you’re not supposed to feed the deer, but there are so many juicy temptations in the garden that they feasted on last year. In a way, I am thanking the deer for not jumping the new deer fence into the garden. Maybe it’s more of a distraction, but so far it works. We’ve been picking up the “June drop” apples along with the mountains of ripe plums and scattering them in an area where we can see them eat (outside the garden, of course.)

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We fill several wheelbarrow loads. What are we using the grass clippings for, you ask? For mulch in the garden. We are coming into the dry season. We’re on a shallow well, so we try to conserve on water usage. Mulch cuts down on the need for water. I scatter the lawn clippings out in the sun. I’ll turn them tomorrow morning. It only takes a couple of sunny days to dry them out enough. (I’ve learned my lesson. Years ago I used fresh lawn clippings over newly planted potatoes. I couldn’t figure out why no potatoes were growing. Pulling up the mulch, I realized the grass had burned off the sprouts.)

With the advances in battery technology, it’s exciting to be able to do more and more things without using fossil fuels.  If it’s true what most scientists are saying, then our grandchildren are facing a future of mass starvation, cities underwater, and out of control wildfires.  With that being a possibility, we are very willing to reduce our carbon emissions as much as possible.

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July 4…Our grandchildren.

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Garden Start

2638 Troy-bilt, first potato rows, 4-5-16

It ain’t purty, but this 40 year-old Troy-bilt rototiller still starts on the second pull. I tilled up a couple of early rows for potatoes. You can see the 4×4’s of the new deer fence in the background.

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4-6-16….Two rows of spuds go in.

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My wife is very happy about the deer fence. It means she can plant some bee-loving flowers without the deer munching them. She’s planting some trachelium caeruleum in our baby bear bed. Once the fence is totally up, we will remove the cages around the fruit trees and Nine Barks.

2610 Buckwheat planted today, 4-4-16

4-4-16…..The buckwheat has been planted. Several years ago, it blossomed 3 weeks after I planted it. I’m hoping it’ll repeat, but the main reason I’m planting it is to enhance the soil

2611 Lettuce, hope 1 more year bed, 4-4-16

I hope I can buy one more year out of this raised bed. At the time, it was the only one we could use for the baby lettuce transplants which are growing well.

2501 Hypericum coming along, 3-6-16

Those little hypericum seeds from last year have come up. These are almost a month old. I don’t know what I’m going to do with so many…

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Amelia sent a photo of her hypericum. It looks like she might have to give some away too. 🙂

The hypericum above started off as a cutting.  In December, I sliced off the stem and jammed it into the corner of this planter.  It looks like it took…but what am I going to do with all this hypericum???

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Clary salvia planted in mid February

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4-7-16….Clary Sage now.

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4-7-16….Wild prettii echium now, was planted outside 11-27-16.

2505 Echium starting to swell, 3-7-16

This is a different kind of echium. I’ve been nursing it along for a couple of years. It needs to be protected from freezing temperatures. I think I can see bud starts on it. See the next photo.

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This is the same echium as above. The blossoms are a pretty blue color and we spotted bees on it today.

2617 Fence construction, first day, 4-4-16

4-4-16….The deer fence has been started. I’m not a great fence fan, but if this keeps the pesky deer out, it will be worth it.”Happy wife, happy life.”

2686 Wire fabric started, 4-7-16

4-7-16….The wire ‘fabric’ is getting stretched and nailed on, starting in the far corner. Lots of gates for Pat, makes slow going for fence builders.

Are these bees going to move into Bee-atrice Log hive, or just tease us into thinking they will?

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2546A Sam Bond's Brewing, Owners,

April 9, 2015…The four owners at the Grand Opening. l to r…Jim, Bart, Mark, and Todd.

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The bottling truck is here…

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Filbert Brown Ale is the first batch to be bottled.

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The bottler starts pulsing CO2

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Filbert Brown Ale…One of Jim’s first big winners. Jim talks about it on the video.

51 Crankshaft IPA label, 3-21-16

Crankshaft, IPA…dry hops with Citra and El Dorado and balanced with rye malt.

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Crankshaft IPA bottles get labeled

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Owners and crew celebrate their first pallet of bottled beer.

 

.The very beginning…

This Teenager is Fighting Climate Change by Suing the Government

At about 12 minutes into the video, you can see that Sam Bond’s Brewing played a role by providing a gathering place for the kids fighting climate change.

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