The deer are creeping closer and closer to our garden, so we decided we better get busy on a real fence. We spent what seemed like days laying it out and pulling strings to square it up. It is now not only perfectly symmetrical, it is also exactly parallel to the house. I hereby formally apologize to Mr. Scott, my 9th grade algebra teacher. I have actually used one thing I learned in your class in real life 😉
Since we had so many holes to dig, we bought an auger. It said on the box it was a “2-Man” style.
I told Rick he should find another one to help him.
He assured me that really meant “two person.” Since there was no one else available, I was the second person. I am sure it was much easier than digging with posthole diggers, but it still wasn’t easy. We have a LOT of rocks! Here are the only some of the rocks that came out of one two foot hole.
When the auger hits those, you have to stop, lift it out of the hole, take out the rocks, then lift it back into the hole and start again. Sometimes the only way to get the rocks out is with a sledge hammer and rock pick. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Now you know why our fencing has been laying on the ground!
We finally did get three holes done and Rick carried the fence posts out. Now we only have ten more fence posts, and then six double-wide holes for the fruit trees. I can hardly wait!
It has been a busy week with lots of little projects. We decided to start a small orchard to go with the garden. The trees had a bit of a rough ride home (45 miles) hanging out the back of the truck, but they made it OK. We got three apples, two cherries and a plum to start with.
The garden is still doing well, in spite of having no fence up yet to keep the deer out. We still have the fencing laying down around the plants. The lettuce and broccoli – two things we’ve never had much luck growing in the California heat – are doing well.
We also built a frame inside the covered area of the shop for wood storage so it will be out of the weather. It will be a lot nicer not to have to wade through the snow to get dry wood this winter! Now we need to split and stack that huge pile of logs waiting for us.
All the hillsides and meadows are really greening up after the warmer weather and rain. We had another inch and a half this week.
We saw the first of the lupine just starting to bloom yesterday. They grow wild all over our property.
We don’t know much about birds, but according to the field guide we bought, this is a Black-headed Grosbeak.
This one seems to be some type of sparrow? He doesn’t really look like any of the pictures in the book.
Today after church we went to lunch at the Marblemount Diner, one of the three choices in town. They have a small orchard and six hummingbird feeders hanging near the windows. There were probably ten to twelve hummingbirds flying around all during our lunch. One was a beautiful orange color that we had never seen before. Unfortunately he was camera shy. This is one of the others who cooperated by holding still.
We have also seen birds in places we hadn’t planned. Here is our deer feeder with the resident Blue Jay (or Steller’s Jay in the book).
He seems to think the deer block is his personal feeder.
The birds aren’t the only ones who are enjoying the feeders. This little guy, we named him Theodore, waits til the birds spill out the seeds then he runs out and gobbles them up out of the bushes and grass.
At least the dropped seeds aren’t going to waste, and he really is cute!
The record breaking temperatures have caused the creeks and rivers around here to rise dramatically. The Cascade River is the south border of our property. Here it is when Alex visited in November .
And our usually crystal clear water is MUDDY! Here it is last month when the Canada goose was enjoying the sun.
And here it is today.
The creeks (around here that is pronounced Crick) are really flowing too. Jordan Creek is about a half mile from us and flows into the Cascade.
About 3/4 of a mile below us, the Cascade river flows into the Skagit river. This is the confluence of the Skagit & Cascade rivers. The bridge in the background is the one we go over to get into town.
With the Cascade running so muddy, you can really see where the two come together. The Skagit is glacier green and the Cascade is the muddy brown water.