January 9, 2013 Farm News

Back in behind where the cottonwood was; at the top of the river bank looking upriver.

Back in behind where the cottonwood was; at the top of the river bank looking upriver.

Hello;  we have had a nice week, but we lost two long time friends. First, our next door neighbour died, she was in her 91st year. Mrs Munro had been in an old age home in Paris for a number of years and we really had not seen her much since she left, though her son would bring her home often to visit with him and her grandson. We’ll remember her wisdom, insight, great good humour and her good works. Ian is still there and he is a good neighbour. The second loss was a somewhat different entity, a majestic old Cottonwood tree which I once measured to be 110 feet tall. No I didn’t climb it and drop a tape, I used a more indirect method. This tree figured often in the blog photos and I have included a photo of the scene where the tree once stood. It was missing from the photo taken last wee as well so the tree has been down for at least tcwo weeks.

The warm weather we are getting is great for making things more comfortable for us though we in the house don’t burn a lot less wood. We are cutting and splitting wood in the wood shed daily and we cut some more dead standing  pine in the little woodlot beside our home and stashed it in the woodshed. The trunks are probably going to need a good bit of time to dry out but the branches are quite dry and seasoned, ready for the stove. We gather everything and cut it up  for burning, big or small; some pretty  tiny twigs all the way up to 2 or 3 foot diameter tree trunks. We really waste very little.

We are still gazing at seed cataloques, both the paper versions, which arrive in our mailbox, and those cataloques available on-line; which is most of them.  Paper is better in some ways though I’m not sure which is the better choice for the environment. Cataloque gazing is a slow methodical business no matter how it is done.

We are about half the way through preparing a 2013 brochure. I’m doing it all myself this year and doing a complete makeover on the thing. I’m also slowly updating the website, right here, have a look at the pages, those spots labeled Home, About the Farm and so on are called pages. Well I didn’t know that a short few months ago.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention something very importnt but we’ll do this again next week. Look at the photos below, the captions should explain everything.

Also look at the Dec. 8th post; the 3rd photo is of the cottonwood. It is the tall tree about centre. The tall trees to the right are also cottonwoods but are much younger. In the Nov.5 post the cottonwood can be seen at differing times of the year in the first three photos.

Looking towards where the old cottonwood stood 09/01/2013

Looking towards where the old cottonwood stood 09/01/2013

Looking downriver; Mrs. Munroes property is to the right before the bend.

Looking downriver; Mrs. Munroes property is to the right before the bend.

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