Spring

Spring

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013

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Just in time for Easter, my hellebores are making quite a show.
Aptly referred to as the Lenten Rose and Easter Rose, they are a beautiful reminder that
spring is springing and summer is not far behind.





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Monday, March 25, 2013

Felling Alders, Sawing Logs, Making Firewood

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True color of a just-cut Alder tree.


Assessing the fall path.

Notching and cutting.
 
There she goes!


Kaboom! As the dust rises ...


Firewood!!

Alders grow like weeds on our property. They also make decent fire wood. Many of our Alders are 20-plus years old and are prime for cutting. A few days ago, as a blissfully sunny morning began, three Alders were felled and are being cut to dry and season for the winter ahead; which seems like a long way off right now but really isn't all that far, given our short summers.

Ya gotta plan ahead around here.




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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Winter's End; Spring's Beginning

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Pieris Japonica and Rhododendron 'Winter' have been blooming in my garden since January, and although they brighten an otherwise cold and gray time of year, what I really look forward to is ...









this.


Welcome Spring. You've been a long time coming.





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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

"Morning ...

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... has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning ..."

- Cat Stevens, 1971;  - Songs of Praise, 1931




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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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I hope you're smilin', Irish!

Actually, what you see here is not clover, four-leaved or otherwise.  This is Redwood Sorrel which grows in the Redwood understory here in Humboldt county.
I'm thinkin' it makes a pretty good substitute.




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