Category Archives: Gardening & Homesteading

Miner’s Lettuce


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We have at least an acre of this wild lettuce. I've intended to turn it into cream soup, but snow keeps covering it up.


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The Chase


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This chicken was on holiday in the orchard, feeding on the abundance of grass and weeds. She and her friends had to be captured and taken back to their house before darkness set in lest they be a night-time snack for coyotes. I thought it was great exercise for Sander. He suggested we pull the weeds and take them to the chicken yard.


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Early Blooms


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We have had some warm weeks of weather this winter tricking these trees into thinking it is spring. These blossoms have snow on them today and very well may not produce this summer as a result.

We shall see.


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Testing The Hygiene Hypothesis


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With discussions on the Ethicurean about a child's reduced risk of asthma when exposed to farm bacteria and other unmentionables, behold Frederick below putting the hypothesis to the test.


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The Rock Pile


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Three dump trucks of river rock sit next to our driveway. With the first load I exclaimed, "That's ten pounds I'm going to lose moving those rocks around the property!" By the third load I said, "You do have a tractor to move these rocks, right?"

Like everything else, this particular rock pile has waited for months as we have considered all of the possible rock projects. We'll see.


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“Chitty”


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We removed a large dead oak tree on the property here in the Sequoia National Forest and had to call our friend Dave to help split the huge pieces of oak. Dave showed up with this splitter. As he pulled it up the driveway on the back of his truck, I laughed and said, "Chitty's here!" If you have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the wild inventions of the Dick Van Dyke character, you know what I mean.

This particular Chitty is Dave's invention. Dave commented 'This is not OSHA approved." Now might be the appropriate time to mention that Dave is missing part of his thumb.


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Bonfire Season


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Work continues on the old road, next to the mysterious "lost road." This fire was home to a pack rat. No, it was not a field mouse. I verified its origin when it ran out of the burn pile directly at me.

If you wonder if this picture came from the fire in December that nearly started a forest fire, no, that fire was about five times bigger. Water hoses are a great thing.


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Surprise Pregnancy Portrait


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Just when you think you should have taken more back in the day, lo and behold, you did.


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How City Boys Learn to Milk Cows


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I do appreciate the effort to education children about cow milking. I suppose this is the safe, E. coli 0157:H7-free way to milk a cow. However, missing both the cow and the milk, this experience seemed to lack a bit of authenticity.

Here's a close-up in case you want to make your own:


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Cowboy Help


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Frederick's account of our near-forest fire makes us realize that perhaps fire reduction should not be left solely in the hands of a 40-year-old postpartum woman.


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