Local Ecology

First off, we don’t know what we’re doing. Secondly, THIS IS SO MUCH FUN! A few weeks back, Henry and I were standing around the kitchen, and maybe it was because I’d been reading too much Little House in the Big Woods to the kids or admiring archived posts on Amanda’s blog, but for some […]


Hoar is such an unpleasant word for such a beautiful thing. The weather finally broke today, and we got rain instead of the freezing fog that’s been hanging around for over a week. I think I’d prefer sunshine or real snow, but rain will have to be good enough. I don’t usually do link roundups […]


I’d never been to the Northern California coast before last week. Now I know what I’d been missing all those years. We stayed in Crescent City for the better part of a week, and I was continually impressed by both the town and the landscapes. The thing that I couldn’t get over is that the beach […]



December 13, 2012 · 1 comment

‘Tis the season for mistletoe! Actually, mistletoe is evergreen, so it’s around all year, but no one seems to notice it until December rolls around. Henry brought home a giant pile of mistletoe the other day. He trims horses at a quarter horse ranch in Airlie that has a grove of oak trees on the […]

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A Bobcat

September 19, 2012 · 11 comments

We live in the woods in an area that’s close enough to town that it doesn’t get hunted much. There are a lot of deer, rabbits, and smaller critters roaming these hills, and it’s a well known fact that there is quite a robust population of bobcats around, too. There have even been a few […]


This Morning

August 15, 2012 · 9 comments

Any day that starts with peaches is a good day. Early this morning, Henry and I went up to the greenhouse and picked the last of the peaches off our one peach tree. We still have two small nectarine trees in the greenhouse with fruit that hasn’t ripened up yet, so there will be more […]



July 2, 2012 · 2 comments

One of our huge ceanothus bushes just finished blooming, and so I thought I’d tell you a little about Henry’s collection of ceanothus varieties. Ceanothus is the genus name for a group of nitrogen-fixing shrubs of various sizes. Many ceanothus varieties have been bred for their ornamental qualities, specifically their showy (usually) blue flowers. All […]


Wild Tiger Lilies

June 27, 2012 · 1 comment

                          The wild tiger lilies (Lilium columbianum Hanson) are blooming around here, and they sure are pretty. Across our place, there are quite a few single plants, but in one area, there’s a cluster of probably 20 of them. Some of the plants […]

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As if Henry wasn’t busy enough with horseshoeing and beekeeping, he also does habitat monitoring and restoration work locally as a contractor for the Marys River Watershed Council and United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). For the past month or so, he’s been spending a day or two a week counting butterflies, quantifying nectar […]


Pacific Ninebark

June 9, 2012 · 1 comment

Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capatatus). A riparian shrub 5-10 feet tall. Leafs out in early spring. In full bloom right now.                       Not particularly spectacular or interesting, but I really like it.

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