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July, 2011 Issue #122

 

JULY 31, 1994 - LOVELAND, COLORADO

Bob and Camille get hitched on the dry grassland in front of their rented farmhouse seventeen years ago.  In attendance were best man Mahlon, maid of honor, Shirley and daughters Molly, Emily and Amy.

 

OKONOMIYAKI!

 

Starting out the month right, six of us got together for an okonomiyaki party.  Haruka mixes the vegetables, mostly cabbage, into the batter and we fried them on their griddle.

 

GETTING THE KNACK OF IT

Camille beams triumphant after a masterful series of pancake flips.  Haruka, Jason, Amy, Garth and Bob (behind the lens) share her pride.

 

WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?

Friends are for sharing all things wonderful, in this case enough fresh beets to make puree for three beet cakes, sweet cherry tomatoes and a boatload of sumptuous shishito peppers.  Yum!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL AND JASON

Rachel and Jason both have July birthdays so they shared the task of blowing out the candles atop a chocolate beet cake while Linus observed the ritual.

 

DAUGHTERS

 

Jason's daughter, Claire and Lyle's daughter, Kaitlyn graced our home and got to meet Spot on July 7th.  

 

OILSEEDER

Oliseeder Sam joined us a couple of weeks before returning to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

 

RAIN STAY, ANTS GO AWAY

 

We'd like the rain to stay, please but would prefer the ants go away.  For more than a month, our counters have been crawling with ants despite good housekeeping practices which include wiping down the counters after every meal and taking out the compost several times a day.  The ants are usually in hunting mode but apparently happen upon watermelon juice residue or toast crumbs often enough to keep them coming back, day after day.  Please let us know of your anti-ant remedies.  At this point, we'll try anything short of dynamite!

 

CISTERN

 

Bob and Jason crawled down into the cistern Jason has been using for water storage to inspect it for leaks.  They found some and will have to decide whether or not to patch them up.

 

TOMATO RESCUE, BEFORE AND AFTER

 

Jenny and Camille rescued toppled tomato vines in the Community Garden on July 27.  As you can see everything had utterly fallen on its side but after an hour, everything was straight up.

 

The pounders - Camille and Jenny took turns pounding stakes to brace the tomato cages.  This task would have been easier had they used a sledge hammer but such a tool was not to be had.  After the stakes were in, they tied the cages to them using landscape twine.

 

BEAN PYRAMID

 

Bob tied up three pieces of bamboo into a beautiful bean cage on July 23rd.

 

DEVASTATING

 

A week later, the deer had found the succulent bean leaves and munched many of them away.  This is what happens to unfenced gardens in our neck of the woods.

 

FAR OUT

Or Further, as the case may be.  Bobby and Garth rock out to Further in Raleigh on July 28th.  It was a great show, worth the drive from Chicago that Bobby and his friends made to get here.

 

MAKING A SPLASH

 

Camille's new buddies, Peg and Simon pause for refreshment in Harland's Creek on a hot Carolina morning.

 

ENJOYING THAT NATURE THING

 

Hailey is Camille's latest passion, a eight year old black Mustang mare who enjoys munching anything she can get her lips around.  Peg and Camille were giving Hailey and Simon a grazing break, when these cute posies caught their eye.  The fun of riding goes way beyond bonding with each other and the horses.  We love getting out into the real world to find everything from tiny albino fawns to pretty pink field flowers.

THIS MONTH'S QUOTES:

"In gardens, beauty is a by-product.  The main business is sex and death." - Sam Llewelyn

"What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? - No time to stand beneath the boughs, And stare as long as sheep and cows." - W. H. Davies

"When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all." - E. O. Wilson

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