We all walk ancientrails. Welcome to the journey.

Sunday, Sunday

Mid-Summer                                                                            Full Honey Flow Moon More fun with the alarm system.  Back and forth with ADT.  On the phone, pushing buttons.  Still the chirping.  Service call. Business meeting.  Scheduling a Denver trip for sometime in September.  Looking at buying some more mulch for the vegetable garden. Practice tai-chi.  Sand and varnish for coat number three […]

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An Old Cannabis Farm, Right?

Beltane                                                Waxing Last Frost Moon A long, 3 hour, nap, perfect for a gloomy, chill spring afternoon.  Then off to the grocery store.  With Mark here there are items on the list peculiar to him like Raisin Bran, lots of bread, more fish than usual (a good thing) and a greater quantity of fruit. The […]

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Chainsaw and Snowblower. Watch out.

Samhain                                                  Waxing Moon of the Winter Solstice An inside day today.  Tomorrow outside.  A little bit of chainsaw action on trees broken by the early wet snow in November.  Some snowblower work on the sidewalk, clearing a wider path to the front door. I also have some mulch to lay down.  A bit late, not […]

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An Aging Bull Moose

Lughnasa                                    Waning Artemis Moon Easton and Ray, both soon to be seniors at Andover High, worked this morning, moving wood chips, laying them down on the paths Kate and I cleared of weeds yesterday.  Both fit and energetic they kept at it, moving 9 cubic yards of wood chips with a wheel barrow.  That’s minus […]

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Clearing the Paths

Lughnasa                                  Full Artemis Moon Kate and I yanked up the carpet under the mulched paths in our orchard, cleaned it off and re-laid it after putting weed seed germination preventer and round-up on the green vegetation in the paths.  These are the only chemicals, with the exception of cygon on my iris, that I use […]

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That Mosque

Lughnasa                                          Full Artemis Moon Today the orchard, tomorrow…the vegetable patch and the orchard.  Kate and I will take up the carpet laid down for paths in the orchard (it keeps weeds down and mulch gets distributed over it), clean out the weeds that have infiltrated, lay the carpet back down and add any to spots […]

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Ray

Summer                                    Waxing Grandchildren Moon Ray, the Andover High School junior who mows our yard, came over today and we moved the shredded bark into its home on the beds and walkways of the vegetable garden.  He’s 15 or 16.  I’m not.  Nap time will be important today. We discussed his swimming.  He swims for the […]

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A Snap. No, Really.

Summer                                             Waxing Grandchildren Moon Started the morning with my favorite kind of work, mechanical.  Question:  how to get the mower deck off the lawn tractor.  It is, I recall the salesman saying 14 years ago, “A snap.”  Well, he should have been here.  Nuts and bolts, screws and hammers don’t respond well to my ministrations.  […]

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Mulch

Summer              Waxing Summer Moon The six cubic yard of mulch pile has become several piles of mulch at strategic locations along the paths and beds of last year’s orchard installation.  Now it awaits distribution, looking like debris fields from some recent wooden mountain slide.  Mulch serves many purposes in the garden.  Winter mulch keeps the […]

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Sharpening. Mulching.

Summer            Waxing Summer Moon “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”- Bertrand Russell Hmmm.  I wonder if that’s true? Laid down some more straw, weeded a bit in the perennial garden.  After that I went out to the […]

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