A glorious day for working on a new trail! My brother Max scouted this area eons ago, and we were finally able to allocate the right people to manifest his vision of a cool, shady trail around and above the old fish hatchery and adjacent pond. Enormous ferns, plenty of green moss, stepping stones for crossing the abundant spring. The project included clearing the pond itself of trees that had toppled into it over the past couple of winters. Tom is working on a bench, so that when one sits on it, the view of Impassable Rock is framed perfectly by grapevines, fir trees and madrone branches.
Malanyon and these notably eager gardeners, were able to get all the carrots dug up, all the beets pulled, and all the raspberries pruned with their trimmings hauled away. There was even time to get two enormous rose bushes moved to more conducive spots.
Buff and Big Bob were the perfect pair for building some elegantly rustic pumpkin/winter squash beds out of split redwood fence posts that were no longer tall enough for that particular job. I’m not trying for enormous…. I just want beautiful pumpkins in a prominent place… along with oodles of banana squash, sweet meat squash, acorn squash, butternut squash, hubbard squash….. And when they finished that project in record time, they were able to take the three-compartment sink out of the prep kitchen in the basement and move it down to Suds-O-Rama.
It was touch and go for a while….. not knowing whether we would be caught in a torrential down-pour…. but the day was wonderful! Clouds and some blue sky, a bit of sun here and there, wind. Kashaya fed us magnificently…. Linden, Magnolia and Isabel entertained us continually… and Max documented it all! Below, some of the people who helped immeasurably!
Looking forward to the March 4th weekend, when Marion brings her family up to prune roses… and then the weekend beginning on Friday, March 17….. when, if we don’t get rained out, we’ll be working on the Inspiration Point Trail we started last year (corners, steps, widening), a trail to Grandfather’s Tree, burning, splitting and hauling firewood, painting trim on the cabins… and who knows what else! Of course, Malanyon will be utilizing muscles well, with mulching, digging, spreading, weeding, etc…… To say the least, THANK-YOU!