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Archive for September, 2011

I have lived in northern California most of my life and if someone offered me a zillion dollars I could not even begin to count the number of times I have heard recent (and even not so recent) transplants complain about the lack of seasons here. PEOPLE, I want to scream. OPEN YOUR EYES!!! True, […]

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We added a “room” to our garden this summer – a low deck with a fire pit. Actually, Steve added it, at a pace that led me to call him the slowest carpenter in the world (fortunately he has an excellent sense of humor). I thought this would be a simple project – a couple […]

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Many people don’t like bats because they are afraid bats will fly in their hair (they don’t) but bats have a lot of super great qualities. Chief among them, as far as I’m concerned, is that a single brown bat can eat 1,000 mosquitoes in one single hour. ONE HOUR. Partly because of this, there […]

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The phrase “garden design” sounds so creative, so relaxing, so – cool, like a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade. Don’t believe it. Garden design may start with a piece of paper and a cold drink, but – at least for me – it always ends up with carrying heavy pieces of lumber around […]

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We’d made the decision to fill the lunar landscape with greenery rather than gravel, but I couldn’t get the horseshoe pit out of my mind. Sure, we might not play often, but it would be fun to have the option, and horseshoe pits are skinny little things – surely I could find a way to […]

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