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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Preparing Sun Garden for Planting; March 2016

This 20 x 20 foot area had not been weeded and maintained for quite a while.
The plan is to put in grasses and native plants that can tolerate dry sun, while creating a screen, habitat and visual interest.
First, the old Boxwood and Korean Holly came out.
Perennial weeds and stuff was dug out.
Soil raked and sifted for rocks:
150 buckets of rocks came out of this little area - about 4,500 pounds!
(Luckily, they found a willing home protecting a stream bank from erosion)
Stay tuned for planting next month.




 Norman Jake and Alan successfully hauling off the trophy stump.
Below, mostly finished grading.  Waiting for plant delivery.

Beginning Roof Work

Before recoating the roof:
  the fascia boards were taken off,
  the outer 2 inches of yucky roof junk was cut off with a Sawzall,
  insulation was carefully put in the outer part of the eaves,
  protection boards were put up to seal off the eaves, 
  beefy fascia boards were screwed up over the protection boards,
  all were primed to get ready for flashing on top.


Above, Alan on ladder cutting the outer edge of roof.

To right, edge fascia boards have come off and the edge of roof trimmed off.




Above, Alan has put in insulation and then protection boards on back.

To left, the same is happening on the front of the house, at the same time as the garden prep.
 Here, Alan works with Norman Jake installing the fascia on top of the protection boards.  Garden prep still happening!Finally, in the twilight, garden prep is done, some of the fascia boards are up and primed.

March 2016 New York AD Show

Architectural Digest holds an annual show at the Convention Center in New York.

It attracts all ages and craftsman as well as bigger vendors:  http://addesignshow.com


Abandoned piers below Riverside Park on the Hudson, walking to the Javits Center.


Via 57 West, a new residential building of rental apartments near the Convention Ctr.




Hand crafted glassware, strikingly displayed.



Monday, February 29, 2016

San Francisco Visit January 2016

On the ferry to Tiburon, fog and clouds over San Francisco Bay, with hint of rainbow.




The remnants of houses in Daly City that have fallen off the cliff and been undercut by erosion.


Noir City Film Festival and meeting after the movie.



Family get together and wonderful meal.

Renees Garden Jan 2016

Renee has created a showcase garden for Renees Garden Seeds.



Raised beds, organic methods, irrigation from on-site water...



Beautiful arrangements,
Pest protection...


On-site fertilizer producer is Teddy the horse above.
Compost and cover crops for soil fertility below.


Pacific Grove Ocean Views

The coast along Pacific Grove has been partially protected.
The first shot is of a front yard natural landscaping.



Some houses have been allowed along the beach.


In other places, the shore has been left to walkers and birds.

Driving mid California Coast

From Monterey south to Morro Bay.

We stocked up on provisions:



Found a fun rental car:

Took a couple of hikes:



Stayed at the Bridge Street Inn in Cambria:




Delighted in finding Trillium angustipetalum:











And headed over the coastal hills at the end of the jaunt:

Tanbark Oak Trail along Partington Creek

We have hiked this trail several times over the years, as it is less well known and crowded.
It was nice to be welcomed back again by winter gathering of ladybugs, which congregate in the Santa Lucia mountains around Big Sur.



 The path along the stream runs through coastal Redwood forest. The show signs of many forest fires over the years.  Although relatively robust and protected by thick bark, sometimes the Redwoods are killed by fire or roots giving way.

The ruins of the 'Tin House' at the top of the ridge are in much drier chaparral with views along the coast.


Montana de Oro State Park Path Lines

Montana de Oro is an old ranch and farm on the California coast south of Morro Bay which is now a California State Park:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592

The Coon Creek trail runs along a stream through dry hills of chert, which form layers in the rock seen below.  The path also forms a line.





Condensation trails and lichens in the trees also form lines.
The beginning of Coon Creek Trail shows as a slit between the hills.


Montana de Oro SP: Trees, Coon Creek Trail