WINTER MEANDERINGS

First off, thank you all for the wonderful anniversary wishes.  We really appreciate them and we are glad to be on the path with so many kindred spirits.

After I posted the entry I got to thinking “you know that post is sort of incomplete”  It just mentioned when our internet activism began and it failed to mention how our family, on a local/city level were very active in our community during the early 1990’s

It’s a long story, but I’ll try to keep in short.

Since we lived in a low income neighbor there were a few developers that wanted take advantage of our “ignorance of civic laws”  to develop the area into what, us and many of the neighbors felt wouldn’t be good for our community.   One of the major concern was too much traffic on such a little street and one of the developments threaten to shade the entire south side our our house with one of those mega buildings.

So we (yep, the WHOLE family got involved) rallied neighbors, held meetings, walked door to door to collect signatures, went to City Hall meetings – and more.  It was a crash course in community politics 101 and we did it – TWICE!

Yep,  we basically save the street and neighbor from being taken over by gaudy and large developments.

And that’s a whole ‘nother chapter of our activist spirit.  So when the internet came along this was just another step in our long path of standing up for what we believe.

The documentary HOMEGROWN just touches briefly on this part in our lives. The producer didn’t go into this community saga too much, and unfortunately, it does leave many viewers with unanswered questions about how we did it and the outcome.  One thing the film did reveal  (not even know by our close friends) is how we would go for weeks, months eating nothing but dried beans/rice and greens from our garden because of our having to pay lawyer fees to protect the neighbor from these developments.

Ok now that I got that straight, here’s some photos that I took on our latest goat walk over the weekend.

Goat Walks

In the collecting ponds under the Colorado Bridge Jordanne spotted a pair with baby of Wood Call Ducks!  What a rare and unusual treat to spot such a lovely pair of ducks.

It’s a lovely time of year down in the Arroyo Seco.  Sometimes winter here in So Cal feels like a hybrid mix of fall and winter because the fall colors still linger.   Where in other parts of the country the trees would be left stark and even covered in snow we still have colorful autumn leaves to enjoy.

Everything was fresh, clean, still damp – the streams free of crude and collected debris.    Fresh green blades of grass were pushing through the carpet of fallen leaves.  Spring is just around the corner!

We collected bags of sycamore and oak leaves for the goats.  They were happy, you can tell.  They just have this look like, “those are for us when we get home, hooray!”

On the way home we stopped by to pick up some free tree trimmings/chips to put into the animal enclosure before the next storm arrives.  The last rain really compacted the soil and in some place it was a bit muddy so the tree mulch will help.

Driving through the Arroyo Seco into the “bowl section” of the Rose Bowl the majestic San Gabriels were purple in the glow of sunset and we commented to ourselves this is why Pasadena is Crown Jewel of the valley.

When we got home there was a nice fire going in the stove and a box of local grapefruit (thanks to a Freedom Gardener) waiting in the kitchen

Where else in the world can you sit by a fire and eat a LOCAL sweet grapefruit!  Yeah, sorry,  there I go bragging again.

Comments(6)

  1. Chris says:

    So, so beautiful!! I like hearing what you forage for, both for yourselves and the animals! That is very interesting to me, as I think sometimes we need to know more about that sort of thing! Merry Christmas to you all!! C

  2. Chris says:

    So, so beautiful!! I like hearing what you forage for, both for yourselves and the animals! That is very interesting to me, as I think sometimes we need to know more about that sort of thing! Merry Christmas to you all!! C

  3. David King says:

    Hi… (We share a friend in Orchid Black…) – do you have any posts that are more slanted towards your goats? I’m interested in goat care in Southern California.

    I got to visit your homestead before you got too popular. Our projects are similar except my project is to teach and will never be self-sustaining because the teaching takes too many hours and resources.

    david

  4. David King says:

    Hi… (We share a friend in Orchid Black…) – do you have any posts that are more slanted towards your goats? I’m interested in goat care in Southern California.

    I got to visit your homestead before you got too popular. Our projects are similar except my project is to teach and will never be self-sustaining because the teaching takes too many hours and resources.

    david

  5. Tracy says:

    Very very pretty photos!

  6. Tracy says:

    Very very pretty photos!

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