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Fig Jam. 9.20.18
Kathy, I understand. And better than you may suspect. Two years ago I could not have used my saw either--and had not used it for about five years. Decades of tennis playing had ruined my right shoulder. But two years ago October (after I had put the garden to bed) I underwent a total shoulder replacement. I was back on the tennis court in 3 months, pain-free. Slowly I have regained range of motion, and now I'm whole again, if not as strong yet as I once was. Rotator-cuff surgery, as I understand it, is more difficult in that the recuperation takes longer, but it's something to consider. Modern medicine is miraculous.
Kathy, how do you get your work done? I can't imagine doing even the simplest chores with those conditions. I hope you have help with your household tasks.
Don, what a beautiful piece of land you have.
Daniel, your experimental flower garden is beautiful. I'm saving it in my beautiful nature file.
Wow! All these photographs are beautiful. I love the seasonal changes, Don. And the veggies and flowers are wonderful (Daniel).
Thanks, Daniel, for the information about planting flowers in rows. I assume you planted according to height, right? Do you have any plan or combination that you follow?
Whatever you did, I want to replicate it; that photo is just lovely!
Daniel, what did you do for your flower bed, did you broadcast seeds into the bed. I love it. I have not done that before, and I think it is about time I do it.
Your vegetables look healthy; I can imagine a great variety of salads.
Kathy, partly because I'm usually working alone, I don't bother with ladders. I use a ten-foot pole saw. Very handy. You can buy the head (toothed blade and fitting) and attach it to your own pole yourself. Not hard to do and not expensive. Here's that pruned up maple from another angle. That one lower branch to the left should go, too, but I can't quite reach it with the saw. Need a ladder and a friend to hold it.) and
Kathy, You are fortunate in having your ground on a hill. My home in Spokane was unique because the ground is an ancient pond bed. Years ago, the neighbor right behind me dug a well (this was before wells were prohibited). Neighbors reported that he never got to the bottom of the peat and acidic water filled the hole he dug. Peat makes poor drinking water.
I heard a climatologist reporting about the kind of weather we can expect in the next 20 years. He said it wouldn't be much that the year around temperature changes, but what changes that do occur will be sharp increases or decreases in barometric pressure, temperature, the wind, and water, in the form of rain or snow.
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