Tag Archive: Gill on the Hill

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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Lost Road Droppings


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Frederick and his aunt prepare to pose at the entrance of "The Lost Road."

"Mama, I found some manzanita seeds. Let's take them home."

"Those look like rat turds," says Auntie Kim.

"Smile everybody!"

"Here are the seeds, Mama."

"Honey, those aren't seeds."


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“We Need At Least……Two”


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Our recent discovery of the "lost road" on our property could only happen on property with rugged and wild terrain. (Though it is still a bit embarrassing that it took the Rose Family 27 years to discover it.) My running around with the mountain lions and bears here in the Sequoia National Forest inspired my Christmas gift: a set of walkie talkies. If I hang myself on the 200 feet of rope we have strung up to help us get around the terrain, I can get one last choking message in.

We considered getting a set of five walkies but thought that might be a waste of money. In a moment that may reveal my advancing age, I was processing aloud just how many walkies we need, realizing as well the idiocy of my thoughts.

"We need….at least…."

[giant belly laugh]

"at least…."

[snort. giggle. tears.]

"…two."

What, in fact, is more useless than one walkie talkie?


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Trucks in the Wilderness


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Alastair, 12 months, is fascinated with vehicles at fast-moving intersections, particularly trucks. This summer we took him on his first road trip to U.C. Davis, stopped in Chowchilla for coffee, and entertained the child entirely by letting him watch the mighty Chowchilla traffic. For a baby growing up in the Sequoia National Forest, Chowchilla is a big city with lots of traffic. (For those of you who don't know Chowchilla, it is between Fresno and Sacramento on highway 99 in Central California. When writing the name here, I mistyped and wrote "Cowchilla." That gave me a chuckle: "It's so true.")

When not in Chowchilla, Alastair plays with his animal truck. Besides the occasional UPS delivery or tractor, this toy truck is about as big as they get up here.


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Composting Autumn


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Alastair enjoys trailer load #4 of leaves imported from neighbors in Pine Flat, one of whom has a "five-load yard." This load of leaves provides compost to a new garden area. The other ten loads will cover ornamental and garden beds and fill up three large compost bins. We also "scored" fifteen bags of leaves from a Pine Flatter who has a different definition of a "full bag," so says my aching back.


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A Hilltop Thanksgiving


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We were lucky to have a whopping dozen people in our dining room over Thanksgiving. We did not know how many we would have until a day or two before. Like most people, we are hard-pressed to seat a dozen people in our dining room. The room itself is big enough, but our table intended for four really is not. Our mismatched table linens were stretched as well. None of these issues matter, of course, until you actually start setting the table. With some digging in cupboards and picking flowers, we actually did pretty well, particularly with the motley assortment of items we had to work with. I am, however, inspired to sew.


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First Fire


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November 14 was the date of our first fire of 2009, in a mountain home warmed only with wood heat. Just when you announce you have had no need, you do. I was going to wait a few days and only get the house warm in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Mom caved "for mental health reasons." 

November 14 is a record for this property, at least since my parents purchased it in 1982. I may begin to track it and conduct a Sequoia National Forest study of climate change.


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