Thursday, March 29, 2012
Desert apples have been known to command insane prices such as the ones grown by Akinori Kimura, an apple farmer in Japan that used to get over $15US per apple for deserts that the rich and fast paced chefs of Tokyo would create masterpieces of Epicurean delights that would make Anthony Bourdain weep along side Iron Chef Morimoto.
If you don't know the story of Akinori Kimura, I suggest reading this:
Odd day here. Trees INC came to the property in the wee hours of the morning, skulking in a truck, on my private driveway. I got out of bed, walked outside and asked, "What's up."
The gentlemen explains how Trees INC are here to help with the fallen trees & widow makers hanging from the road. I let them know they can also drop tree chips here ever more & they get me on the list.
Mind you, I am in fleece pj bottoms, a t shirt, slippers, and its raining. We also walk down the road, I point out numerous widow makers, and other problems. They agree to take care of them all! Wondrous days, my work load just dropped, and I get free wood chips delivered for now on! Everything seems A-OK. Maybe this is all a dream?
I go inside, and start helping the Mrs. get up when suddenly I hear a knock at the door. I go back and it's the same guy from Trees INC, and he says, "
Yeah, uhm, sorry to bother you again, but I didn't realize these were "Coos-Curry Electric lines, we won't be doing any tree pruning, sorry. I am contracted through PG&E, but don't worry, you will still get wood chips delivered."
I need coffee, this is starting to be a rather odd day.
Monday, March 26, 2012
However, we moved kitchen garden production to closer to the house, and here is how.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
*NOAA Issue Date:3/23/2012 06:18:00 AM ...the flood warning continues for the following rivers in Oregon... Coquille River at Coquille affecting Coos County... The flood warning continues for the Coquille River at Coquille. * at 5:30 Am Friday the stage was 24.1 feet. * flood stage is 21.0 feet. * moderate flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast. * impact...at 25.0 feet...some homes are flooded along and near the Coquille River. Roads are flooded in spots in low-lying areas near the Coquille River. * flood history...this crest compares to a previous crest of 24.2 feet on jan 20 2012. Precautionary/preparedness actions... Never drive through flooded areas. The water may be too deep to allow for safe passage or there may be unseen damage to the roadway. For the latest river stages and forecasts...visit our web page at www.weather.gov/medford or listen to Noaa weather radio.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
It is so peaceful.
Every once in a while you can hear resoundingly loud snaps of trees breaking and crashing from erosion into the Coquille River, it is disconcerting.
Corner of Fat Elk Road and 42 S
Bridge between Coquille & Fat Elk Road Junction on 42S
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I passed my Introduction to Permaculture course, and have started the next portion of my 72 Hour Permaculture Design Course training. However this comes bittersweet, yesterday we sustained a lot of wind damage around the property, lost the chicken tractor completely, and lost most, if not all of a fruit tree.
Other trees crashed around the property, and roadside, on 42 S appears to have been several lost trees as well. Today it is raining and melting the snow which I can only hope will lessen the amount of damage caused by the freak snow storm, which was supposed to be rain!
Incidentally, any one else realize the best job in the world must be a meteorologist? What job can you be wrong every single day and still maintain a steady salary?
Monday, March 12, 2012
I want to work on my trails and extend the range I walk with my dog along the acreage in the morning. Maybe see what views can be improved and what other wonders I can find like the shovel pan head I found next to an old stump that is about 10' across. This will also help with PDC Master Design work.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This is one of the first projects ever done here, and this is how it looks currently. From the inside outwards. This actually exists, and can be seen when pulling up to the main house.
Rosemary - culinary, companion planting
Oregano - culinary, companion planting
Thyme - culinary, companion planting
Chamomile - culinary, medical, cosmetic, companion planting
Sage - culinary, medical, cosmetic, companion planting
Fennel - culinary, medical, companion planting
Yarrow - medical, insectiary, companion planting
Tarragon - culinary, medical, companion planting
Egyptian Walking Onion - culinary, companion planting
Calendula - medical, cosmetic, culinary, companion planting
Feverfew - medical, companion planting
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Oh, and the long wide low bush in the background is St. John's Wort and marks where the property starts to drop in its terraced cliff system (another work in progress). Enjoy.... although I know it isn't much to look at.I am working on this in between cutting firewood from coppice trees for next winter, and planting the kitchen garden plots. This is certainly cheaper then riding a bicycle and going to work out at some gym on a stationary bike. ;)