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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 6, 2017 at 10:14am

Randy, I used to see an owl once in a while when I lived in a small community.  Skunks too.  

Comment by Daniel W on October 6, 2017 at 9:52am

Thanks Patricia!

Randy I like fruit smoothies but haven't made any in a few years.  Too much sugar, even if natural.  I did slice collards into thin strips and stir fry, that was decent.  I think I'm just not a greens guy.

We are due for more rain too, this weekend.  I"m ready.  Voles got some of my potatoes this summer.  I'd look and think, nice potato, then see the other side was half eaten.  Must be some big moles now in the neighborhood.

A view of the house and some trees. I enjoy the mature evergreen.  Those were the main trees when we bought the place. Bottom is a red flesh apple picked yesterday. Didn't look ripe on the outside. These are marketed as "Hidden Rose" but the original name was "Airlie Red Flesh", originated in Western Oregon in the '60s. but never became popular. I think the flavor and texture are delightful.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 6, 2017 at 7:37am

I can't eat raw kale. Boiled is an improvement, but still, not all that good. I've done kale chips, too. Not a big fan. And never a smoothie. I hate smoothies!

Chard is my fave, collards a close second.

Good photos, Daniel. I'd love to visit your place. Too bad we live so far apart.

After a month of absolutely no rain, we've had 3 consecutive mornings of a half inch each day. NOW I can dig my sweet potatoes. Hopefully the voles haven't done too much damage.

Comment by Patricia on October 5, 2017 at 10:14pm

Such great pictures guys!

Comment by Daniel W on October 5, 2017 at 9:56pm

After looking at Randy's pics, I went out and took a few of  my own.  It's almost like we are just down the road, maybe :-)

Spud, that sounds like winter to me!

Patricia, thanks.  I should try that with collard greens.  We did find that if they are boiled a few minutes before using, they lose the bitter taste.

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 5, 2017 at 1:56pm

Temperature here got down to 27 F this morning.  

Comment by Patricia on October 5, 2017 at 1:45pm

Thanks Daniel. I wish I had access to try duck eggs.

I have found frozen chopped kale added to my soups & stews tastes really good.

Comment by Daniel W on October 5, 2017 at 12:14pm

Joan, that's a big change for the winter!  I hope they take you around town to explore, maybe to the public library so you can browse books and periodicals, and maybe use the senior omnibus service to get around a little so you can feel a little independent but at the same time be safe and secure.  From their website, the town is about the same size as the town where I grew up in Illinois, but less isolated.  I hope you can put out some bird feeders and maybe a squirrel feeder so you can watch their antics during the winter season.

Randy, thanks for the photos of your "homestead".  There are a lot of similarities to mine.  It's like we are sort of extremely long distance neighbors.

Your kale is looking like some of my collard greens.  They did great here, very suited for this climate.  I just wish I liked eating them better :-)

I don't know how to measure a cord of wood, but I figure I have about half of what you have,  mostly from downed or falling trees and branches that I cut up.   I will see if I remember to take some photos today that show a different view from usual.  I'm becoming happier with the place, as some trees mature, and some areas are more cleaned up from brambles and brush.

Patricia, as far as I can tell, duck eggs are not much different from chicken eggs.  The shell is much harder.  I made corn bread with duck eggs yesterday, it was very rich and I liked it a lot, but I don't know if the duck eggs made it better.  They are tons of fun to watch running around.

Spud, I imagine it's cooling down there in Idaho, too.

I am very grateful for this group of gardeners and garden friendly people here.  I always look forward to reading your thoughts and experiences.  Thank you!

Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2017 at 7:50am

Well, I guess the "garden" photo excluded kale and potatoes. The two little trees to the left are Mandarin apricots. Daniel, I did take a photo of a persimmon and pear tree, but I deleted it.

I figure I have over 10 cords of wood--enough for at least 2 years, maybe 3.

Joan, good luck with your big move. Keep in touch.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 5, 2017 at 7:35am

Here are a few photos: oak tree in the distance, taken from my garden (Brussels sprouts, chard, sweet potatoes, kale); my wood shed filled to capacity and then some (raspberry patch and grape vine pole in foreground); a great horned owl sitting on a "fence"--blurry photo taken through a window.


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