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Our furring strip handrail only lasted 4.5 years before breaking yesterday.
The world changes on a
dime at this time of year. Monday, it was so hot and dry that I turned
on the sprinklers. Thursday, I wore a fleece all day long, slipping out
between raindrops to tempt the goats with fallen leaves.
Chickens in the garden did some damage to our kale, but 98% of it bounced back.
We've had a great crop
of both spring and fall broccoli this year, and a lot of each has ended
up in the freezer. In fact, there have been so many heads, I've let a
few get away from me --- the one on the left in the photo above really
should have been picked three days ago. Good thing we have
crucifer-loving goats who are glad to chew up any florets that are no
longer perfect enough for human consumption.
An upcoming film project
requires a gold chain with a medallion.
The barred owls have
been calling and the ruffed grouse have been pounding for the last
week. Both are confused by the equal-length days and nights, triggered
into spring behaviors for a limited time.
Despite being nearly
killed back to the ground again last winter, this has
been an excellent year for figs. Hot and dry seems to hit the spot for
this ancient fruit.
These cinder blocks will now absorb the bulk of the weight for our front porch steps.
So far, Aurora is
thrilled at my
decision to dry Artemesia off. I started the attempt nearly a week
ago, but I'm pretty sure our doe is still making just as much
milk...only her daughter's getting to drink it all instead of sharing
with us humans. Hmmm.... Maybe I need to rethink my dry-down plan.
A butterfly resting after a long Sunday of foraging.
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