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April, 2011 Issue #119

 

SURPRISE!

 

All four of us in the kitchen again, this time making fifteen pounds of breaded seitan cutlets.

 

OUR BEAUTIFUL WORLD

 

This is the irrigation pond our neighbors dug to water their gardens.  It's a great place to hang out and a great time of year because everything is greening up, the light is spectacular and the bugs haven't caught up with us yet.  Several of us got together one afternoon to spend some quality time in the woods and drink it all in.  More photos: Pond Wandering

 

ASPARAGUS PARTY

   

A group of us got together to help plant asparagus and share a potluck.  Among us were Jeremy, Tim, Andrew and the usual neighborhood cast and crew.  More photos here: Asparagus Planting

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HARUKA

 

Scott cut the chocolate beet cake and we all enjoyed a piece with vanilla Rice Dream.  Yum!

 

SHAKORI!

 

It's been a busy spring so we were happy to take a break for play at: Shakori, Spring 2011

 

SHAINE'S OUT OF TOWNERS

 

Both Shaine's husband and father visited this month and Spot was happy to meet them.

 

NODOKA

 

Nodoka, Haruka's sister flew in from Japan for a week of rest and relaxation after surviving the earthquake.  About the same time, the irises began to bloom.

 

EASTER PEONIES

 

Fragrant Shirley Temple and Mrs. FDR bloomed for Easter Sunday.

 

MUSHROOM WORKSHOP

 

Bob taught Fungi 101 at The Plant as part of The Abundance Foundation's Do-it-yourself workshop series.  Melea brought a hand drill to make the holes with and it worked fine.  It's always good to see how much we don't need electricity! 

 

PIZZA AND MUSHROOMS

 

Garth showed us how to make Chicago pizza and Amy made this one in our frying pan. Needless to say, it was de-lish!  Meanwhile, back in the work room, Bob continues to propagate black poplar mushrooms.

 

HOLY SHIITAKE!

 

Shitake logs a poppin!  Brought about by cool, wet weather.

 

MORELS AND SCAT

 

April 17th we found more than a dozen morels near the tulip poplar with Jason and Haruka.  We took them to the house and fried them in margarine and ate them straight away.  They tasted like bacon or cheddar cheese.

We also found an interesting pile of poop.  At first we thought the animal who shat it had been eating a colorful carpet but upon inspection we agreed that what we were seeing were feathers from a cardinal.

 

TALKING TRASH EVENT

 

Camille volunteered to be Dottie Bottle, Bob went to talk about compost and Link promoted recycled cooking oil.

 

Diane and Scotty brought books to the swap table where Bob picked up a couple of DVDs.  Here's Dottie with her crew - the Can Guy and Beauty Fly.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"Calling incinerators 'waste-to-energy' is a marketing ploy by the incinerator industry to peddle their wares," said Brenda Platt, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a waste reduction group based in Washington. She said recycling waste "generally saves far more energy than burning it generates."

"Africa could actually feed itself if there was a conducive political and economic climate, and if the West would stop this whole 'feed the world' myth that is really just a self-serving cover to keep the farm lobby in its pockets," Beth from Lusaka, Zambia.

"If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses." - Lenny Bruce

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