Just a bit of too busy this weekend, with the arrival of my sons and
daughter-in-law, two music gigs, running an estate sale for a friend at
Priest Lake, selling pots, dealing with the 100 degree heat wave,
including smoke from a fire two hundred miles away, and watering the
gardens... There was also the street fair swap meet, which
included a bluegrass showcase that was one of my gigs. The other
gig paid in the way that would make me want to be a professional
musician, but it was a once a year (if that) proposition...
Sunday included a trip to Priest and Chase Lake and hike to Kaniksu
Marsh ( which was very dry as is everything else this year...) The
smoke from distant fires makes the days murky and sunsets early and
red... So here are the August garden photos:
Here's our squash bed, with some large hubbards peeking out on the left
and neon pumpkins on the right, and scarlet runner beans against the
The volunteer sunflowers are blooming everywhere, and the first dahlias
are blooming. The background is the local bushes browning out a
month or two early...
The tomatoes are also ripening a month early.
The grapes are abundant, and some are even changing color...
Our nicest cluster of trumpet vines...
The sweet corn is over 8 feet tall. It's still a week or so away
from harvest, but this year there's some evidence raccoons are taking
interest in the crop.
To the right of the corn are the potatoes, and then carrots...
The red delicious apples are beginning to blush, and the summer apples are nearing full size...
While my son and daughter-in-law are visiting, there are lots of hikes
and canoe rides in addition to pottery business, watering the garden,
etc. The heat went away briefly and is making a rerun in the
middle of this week. One fun but long canoe trip on the Pend
O'Reille River didn't get documented by me because my camera battery
charge fled at the start. At least we didn't see any moose...
I did get to one day of the Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival and put up my photos as usual: http://www.sondahl.com/events/BW2015.html
We canoed upper Twin Lake today, and got one new bird, Wilson's
snipe. Having my son and daughter-in-law visit makes
identifications a breeze...
Later Jonathan and I played for a farmer's market in 100 degree heat. At least we were in the shade...
We've had a break in the heat, but it came with strong winds overnight,
threatening two communities which are part of our history. Both
Holden Village and Chelan Washington are threatened by wild fires, but
probably going to survive. Kamiah Idaho is also surrounded
and the town is evacuated... Up on the Camas prairie there are
large fires burning near our old church at Gifford as well... The
air is continually smoky here, from fires as far away as mid
Oregon.... It's stressful, although locally we're doing fine...
My son and his wife concluded their visit with a trip we took to the Bird Aviation and Invention Museum.'
It consists of two airplane hangers on a large rambling estate
(including a fantastic garden and orchard, as well as a part of the
Bird business). Both hangars have various aircraft, at times
flown by Bird, who flew as a pilot in WWII and developed breathing
apparatuses that have become the hospital industry standard. He
maintained an interest in inventing and part of one hangar is a room
with memorabilia from various inventors and short life stories of
them... To me it felt a bit like getting to glimpse the toy box
of one of the 1 per cent, but it was all very interesting...
The sunflowers are still blooming, but the early ones have gone to
seed, and attract nuthatches, chickadees, and goldfinches (not shown).
Last week Butters had surgery to remove a growing black spot in his
navel area. Today the vet called to say it proved to be a
freckle. So he has joined the ranks of many who have had
cosmetic surgery (although in his case definitely not elective...)
I'm focusing on pottery this week, throwing over a hundred pots yesterday and around 50 today. Sales continue brisk...
The last week has continued hot and smoky, with maps showing the smoke
from our area going over most of the US. The smoke has cut into
the summer celebration spirit, but not our local
The garden continues to do well, and the orchard even better, since the
drought this year made us more conscious of the need to water the
trees. I picked sweet corn to freeze today, and the pears appear
ready to pick any time...
Last Detective by Peter Lovesey. Unusual for separating
into sections of different narration. Some of the
narrations were supposed to be statements to the police, but they read
a bit too literary for that, engaging nonetheless...
Dead Man's Folly by Agatha Christie. Good as usual for the champion of whodunits.
Waxwork by Peter Lovesey. A Victorian English police
detective story, guessing til the end then guessing about the end...
with Wings by Anne Hillerman. This continues the family
business of Navajo detective books. The plot was fairly good, but
the writing seemed awkward, making me reread sections frequently to
understand what was said...