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Stories from the wild lands…

Spring, Summer, Water, Fire

Below the enormous bay tree, beneath lush sword ferns, spring water seeps through black muck and trickles into a small pool. When we were camping on the land, we refrigerated salsa, mayonnaise and chardonnay there. These days, the spring feeds into a small tank and a solar-powered pump pushes water up to 2,000 gallon holdingContinue reading “Spring, Summer, Water, Fire”

Ranch Work Parties

Discussion of the upcoming fire season, must begin with mega-praise for the conscientious commitment and expertise of our fire fighters and emergency medical technicians. Fort Ross Volunteer Fire Department (officially North Bay Fire Station 43) serves 33 sq. miles in addition to giving assistance to other regional fire districts. The heroic team puts out dozensContinue reading “Ranch Work Parties”

Poppy Parade

On our small ranch, poppies rule. We’ve encourage them whenever and wherever they sprout. Now they are everywhere. I wish you could view the parade on an Imax screen. Even on a teensy phone screen, though, flower power vibes sync up with the rhythm of my heart. The parade starts with red poppies Papaver rhoea.Continue reading “Poppy Parade”

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