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August, 2010 Issue #111

 

OUR LOVELY OFFICE

 

We love our office with the big windows facing south and looking out onto our front yard.

 

ESCAPADE

 

Bob had a conference to attend not far from the coast, so he booked us a room for three nights at a nice hotel on the beach.  We made good use of our time there, swimming, taking long walks, bird watching and relaxing to the sound of the waves. More at: Emerald Isle Beach Getaway

 

GOODBYES AND HELLOS

 

Sarah and Holden moved out of the neighborhood and McCayne moved in.  McCayne, Arlo and Bob pose for a snapshot in front of the Sustainability Booth at the Jack Johnson Concert on August 21.

 

MATCHING UNIFORMS

 

Tanner Watt was in town, following the band and manning the Sustainability Booth with help from McCayne and Moya. Lyle and Arlo fueled up the tour buses before stopping by the booth.  Moya lent Arlo a work shirt so they posed for a picture.  Lyle wrote about their experience here: Filling Up Jack Johnson (Again)

 

EYE CANDY

 

We have more flowers in our yard and gardens then ever before.  The birds love them, the bees love them and we love them.  Check out some very pretty pictures on this page:  Sunflowers

 

HOME IS WHERE THE PAMPAS GRASS IS

 

We love our new home and it seems to love us.  Spot is hiding out in the front yard these days between two stands of pampas grass.

 

HIDE AND SEEK

 

The garden is a glorious place with all kinds of critters, good and bad.  The preying mantis on the left (can you find it?) is a beneficial insect because it preys on bad bugs.  And some of those bad bugs are very good at remaining unseen.  We cannot figure out what has been eating up the eggplant and basil. 

 

EVERYBODY PLAYS A ROLE

 

The spiders hang out and wait for something good to land in their webs while the plants vie for a place in the garden.  In this case, the Wire grass or Bermuda grass is trying to get back into the flower garden we mulched last month.  

 

PAY AS YOU GROW

 

Water isn't free.  Even though we are not paying for town water, it costs in kilowatts to pump water from our well.  Bob has engineered an automatic watering system that keeps our garden happy when we are away.

 

LIMAS AND OKRA

 

Bob even grows food we don't particularly like.  He's never liked lima beans and neither of us has fond memories of childhood okra.

 

LEARNING TO EAT IT

 

In Ghana, where Bob spent his formative years, they never say, "Yuck, I don't like okra!" but rather, "I don't know how to eat it."  We've taken this lesson to heart as regards okra and am learning from others how to eat it.  This latest tactic comes from new neighbor, Maggie who suggested we roast it.  Camille sliced the okra into thin rounds, tossed it with olive oil and garlic and popped it into the oven.  It was delicious!

 

CATCHING UP ON THE WEEDING

 

As we were moving into our new home, we noticed that honeysuckle had taken over most of the fence around our yard.  Preoccupation with more important issues kept us from tackling this project until this month.  Check out more before and after pictures at: Honeysuckle Vine Eradication - August 2010

 

WALK IN THE WOODS

 

Camille took some time out to walk down to Stinking Creek and back and ran into an interesting fungus and a sprightly box turtle.  She also saw a fox, sitting on the trail scratching itself but was too far away to take a picture. 

 

PARTING SHOT

 

Spot always has something to say and also likes to sniff the camera with his cute nostrils.  Bob took this picture for brother Jim who also enjoys letting animals sniff his camera lens.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"There's this notion that the fewer people who have to work the land, the better, because we're free to do other thigs, but systems that enable one person to produce enough food for a thousand people are destructive." - Sandor Katz

No matter what economists tell us abut getting the credit industry moving again, papering over debt with more debt will not pollinate our food crops when the last honeybee is dead. I suggest that we put the economists out there in the fields, hand-pollinating crops like they do in China. - Joe Bageant from Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball

Environmentalism suddenly struck me as the most obvious philosophy imaginable: Let us not ruin forever where we live and work and breathe and eat. - Tom Bissell

 

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