URBAN HOMESTEAD HAPPENINGS

BON VIVANT

Been quite busy over the past couple days.   The guys are re-roofing the garage so we’ll be able to install the solar panels soon.   Unfortunately, they had to cut down all the grapes and temporarily take down the redwood arbor that was attached to the side of the garage. So everything’s a bit chaotic… and messy!

We’re having a spat of warm weather, a false summer, or as old timers would say
— an “Indian Summer.”  

Colored amaranth

The peppers and eggplant are still growing strong (they’re huge and healthy plants, must be the compost?), we are even harvesting a second flush of strawberries, beans and tomatoes. The green and red okra are starting to produce like crazy (Gumbo anyone?)

Finally the peaches are ready to pick! Though the crop is a smaller than normal due to the wacky Spring we had, they are wonderfully sweet The yellow strawberry guavas are starting to ripen and we picked a handful yesterday, which we divided equally among ourselves… they were delicious!

There was a bit of ruckus going on early this morning in the front yard with the high shrills of a female Cooper’s Hawk and the cawing of crows producing a cacophony of noise… The poor hawk was being dive-bombed by a squadron of crows. It appeared that the crows weren’t too happy with its presence!  It’s really amazing that in the middle of a city we are able to catch such glimpses of wildlife. I’m pretty sure it’s the same hawk that landed in our peach tree a few weeks back trying to catch the little sparrows that were eating from the feeder.

Regarding the status of the monarch caterpillar I mentioned in a prior post: We have been unable to find it since we last spotted it on Tuesday…. Darn! It would have been neat to watch it morph into a cocoon but we’ll continue to keep a look out for it.

MORE = LESS?

Our closest and deepest relationships are being eroded by a rising tide of wider personal interaction, and by isolating involvement with individual technologies,” Tanner says. “Our crowded lives are cluttered with contact but diminishing in connection. More delivers us much less

THE SACRED BALANCE

A four part series onPBS hosted by David Suzuki, which explores our spiritual and physical connection with the Earth. Unfortunately we missed the third episode, if anyone taped it let me know! THANKS!

There was a fascinating story that was part of the program: A heart researcher has found a way to turn heartbeats into music and then use this music as an aid for diagnosing a person’s heart. To hear the heart as music (Thanks Robert for emailing me the link)

THE OLD WAYS FIND NEW LIFE

The project has already multiplied maize yields, delivered fresh milk, seen off two major pests and brought cash to an economy on the edge of starvation. And it couldn’t be more organic. Perfect maize, in three simple steps

Weather Report: Warm.

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