Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 roundup

We ended the year with the steps from the footbridge to the greenhouse set with native granite.

In July, we had a bee hive relocated from one of the chimneys to the Prunedale farm of JR Githens, a 75 year young beekeeper who says beekeepers have no arthritis due to the body's natural response to bee stings(Those allergic to bee stings excepted). 10 lbs of honey was the serendipitous result. And I have no arthritis in about 12 places in and around my scalp.

In June, Searock was host to Project Rwanda: bicycles, coffee and international goodwill.

In spring, we built new raised garden beds for the kitchen garden, so we wouldn't have to share so much with our gopher friends. We used the left over lumber from the greenhouse project, which had lain dormant for many years and needed to be cleaned up. It turned out to be the ideal material for raised beds: red gum eucalyptus. Rot-proof, hard-as-nails, yet tools nicely and is beautiful. We planted tomatoes,asparagus, kale, lettuce, bell pepper, chard, spinach, carrots, radish, pumpkin, yellow squash, acorn squash, green beans, peas, raddichio, arugula, strawberries, artichoke, basil, parsley, dill, lemon cucumber...Gophers were not happy, but Gideon: started helping himself to the tomatoes, strawberries and green beans when he thought noone was looking. He gives new meaning to the phrase "watch dog".

At this time one year ago, the original stonework down the cliff was hand cleaned by our staff rock climbing expert.

Sail on, silver wing! Happy 2008!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

thanks the day before thanksgiving

waves surging continually, the abundance of living things absorbing and reflecting the sun, fulfilling their nature exuberantly.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Western Path

We are repaving the western path with native granite. Today we set the first stones. Later the joints will be filled with tinted grout.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The first two photos were taken from the same vantage point at about 5:30 pm today. The third photo was taken 15 minutes earlier and is taken from above where the stairs in photo #2 go up to.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Middle Earth

contemplative opportunities ahead...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mr. Tortuga

Our resident turtle showed up this morning and I watched him make a snack of a slug he came across. We could use a few more like him around here!

Searock Dive

We checked out the water and the wetsuits on a morning when the water was a little rough, but not too rough... We swam the south cove, and then walked across the property to the north side and swam under the natural bridge and into the cave. Next time, we'll just swim on over, or under, if the cave indeed goes all the way across. At low tide, of course...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Cottage foundation

The area under the cottage deck still ain't much to look at, but when I discovered that rats were tunnelling under the concrete foundation into the crawl space adjacent to the downstairs, I excavated down below its bottom and poured new concrete to give them a new challenge. It was already in need of a face lift, so I veneered a layer of rock to the concrete to dress it up a little. When the baby tears grow back, it'll help, too.

A seat at the edge of the world

A work in progress, some of the new curtains...

Path at North End

Phase 2 Searock harvesting

Searock harvesting