Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

brother

brother,
my friend,
a father now
we spoke of you at dinner tonight
you're a fine person, little brother,
but you always were
i think, sometimes, of when we were kids
you were my best friend
i looked up to you, little brother,
my friend,
i still do

Friday, July 26, 2013

greens

i sowed a variety of seeds in the garden tuesday.  there is a lot happening out there this morning.  greens, beans, herbs, carrots, turnips and lots more.  it'll be nice having fresh greenies from the garden.

a variety of newly germinated greens

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

a trip to isleton

we took a drive up to isleton yesterday to pick up some nuts and bolts.
here are a few pictures from the trip:

















lots of corn growing in the delta



sacramento river



stopped for breakfast in rio vista



i had steak and eggs




staal had bacon and eggs











isleton







i just like the sign



rear view of historic isleton



welcome to the jungle



fuyu persimmon


buddleia in bloom



lures and wood from the river---pretty




picked a few pears




hollyhock














more corn


fine example of portuguese american sculpture by j.m. souza





Sunday, July 21, 2013

breakfast

sunday breakfast for two.  the staal special.

that man can cook

sight seeing

too hot to do much of anything so we took a little drive yesterday afternoon. 






we didn't stay and eat but i did go in and check out the menu---surprisingly large and varied for a little cafe in the middle of nowhere.  we'll have to try it out sometime.






spotted an interesting and mysterious mound not too far off the road.  looks like it has a door on one side and possibly a skylight.  neat.

 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

garden

the irrigation is in and the bird net is going up.





home made mini sprinklers

















scorpion

found this little guy creeping around in the light fixture in the bathroom this morning.  how did he get in there?


Thursday, July 18, 2013

leaf

this leaf rode in on zane.  i thought it was pretty.  the structures at the stem end look like some kind of insect egg casings but not sure what kind of critter hangs out on manzanita.  lots to learn.

manzanita leaf

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

bamboo forest

finished building the last of the bamboo trellises for the new garden









made in china





Tuesday, July 16, 2013

nappy dog




he's so sweet...
 
zzzzz
                                                 
                                                      ... when he's unconscious


Monday, July 15, 2013

abundance, or, as the man says, "abbondanza"


   still working on getting a vegetable garden going but we're not wanting for fresh, ripe fruit


apricots---thank you, ben



some apricots i dried in propagation flats on the roof




 

picking blackberries





oh baby




worth every scratch and thorn prick




thank you, mama...




...we'll be giving you grapes soon




the plum tree's loaded




beautiful



             better get them before the birds do                         (beautiful)