Monday, April 30, 2007
Once the trenches were dug, the water pipes installed and pressure tested, it was time to backfill. The tractor left big tread marks that the boys enjoyed almost as much as the trenches...
of the trench was back-filled
Usch helps kick a little
dirt into the trench
Tanj offers his advice
A little more dirt over here, please
Uschi is getting fired up,
you can see it in his eyes
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Each summer we water hundreds of trees every week by pulling around long garden hoses. Last year the boys enjoyed the spraying water and snaky hoses. It takes a lot of effort to pull the hoses around and after 700' of garden hose, there is just a trickle of water. To make the watering job a little easier, I decided to run 1200' of 5/4" PVC pipe to route water out to new "frost free hydrants." The first step was to dig the trenches for the piping, and of course this created a kitty playground...
playing with a big boy toy!
Once the trenching was done, the boys were able to
safely investigate what all the noise was about...
Uschi immediately found the main trench...
and ran the entire length.
Tanj inspected the perimeter...
and did a little trenching of his own.
"Boy Usch, this looks deep!"
Brave Uschi descended into a shallow spot and...
ran deep within the cool damp trench.
Meanwhile Tanj ran along the top meowing...
"Uschi, get back up here!"
Woooo Hoooo that was fun!!!
Wow, what is this ?
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Julius Sterling Morton organized the first “Arbor Day” on April 10, 1872 in
The idea spread to other states and in 1970, President Richard M. Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. The ideas behind Arbor Day have grown around the world, with many countries now celebrating their own versions of Arbor Day. The various bits of informations I found, all said that it is a good time to inspect your trees and shrubs, and to plant a tree.
The boys regularly inspect our trees,
and have been known to help plant trees.
For Arbor Day,
Italian Stone Pines (Pinus pinea).
lets put the other one over there,...
I've got the next one,...
Hey, where did it go ?
It's not in here,...
There it is,...
I'll help you back fill.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
I'm not sure if we have gotten caught up in marketing or our research or personal biases, but we don't feel good about feeding them the grocery store foods. "Meat By-Products" are in the first five on the ingredients list for all the flavors. The Beef is obviously cardiac muscle, etc. "By-Products" are typically; heart, liver, brain/spinal cord, connective tissues, etc. which are tissues made up of cells that are longest lived in an animal and tend to bio-accumulate toxins. In the wild these "by-products" might be just fine, but since the source of modern meats is high density farm raised animals, with known issues with infections, etc, it is a little unnerving, for us. Additionally, as we have all seen, pet foods are not regulated/monitored as closely as we might all hope.
Tanj and Uschi just flew by yelling and chirping. So much more Energy,... EEEEKKKK!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Two Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
keep an eye on
Tanji wants to stalk them but his
chattering and chirping, keeps them
well-informed of his location.
The plovers are in little danger because they are focused on
Tanji, and me waving my arms around while making
noise, being sure they are well alerted.
The pair does a good job of leading
Tanji away from the nest,
Oh, poor me, my wing is broken,...
Tanji falls for it,...
the plover launches
"chirping" and squawking,
keeping T's interest,
then lands a little ways away.
Tanj is still interested and runs again.
The plover easily avoids him and
flies further down the field
Tanji comes back all tired out and crying.
All the while,
Uschi just sits at the edge of the tall grass watching,
which he would happily do for hour and hours.
I marked it so we wouldn't step on the camouflaged eggs.
After a few plover stalkings, Tanji learned
that he wasn't going to catch them and
now just sits with Uschi watching.
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