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Postcard from the plum tree

glorious color and contrast…

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a beautiful palate inside or out!

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Meanwhile back at the ranch…episode 23

Washed by the rain; kissed by the sun

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Happiness in the lemon orchard!!!

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Postcard…dreaming

I see a rhubarb pie in our future!!!

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A peach by any other name…..

Who knew a nectarine was simply a variety of peach………..possibly domesticated in China over 4,000 years ago!?!  Although bearing tiny fruit, our nectarine tree continues to ride out the drought.  Searching for a way to use the small, but delicious fruit, I adapted a recipe found on the internet.  An immediate hit, the pie has been on repeat now using amazing nectarines from Trader Joe’s.

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Prickly Postcard

Drought-driven…learning to embrace alternative beauty

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at Santa Barbara Stone

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Flown

Though no longer providing shelter, the owl box has now become a favorite landing spot along with the nearest oak tree.  Regular take offs and landings take place each evening, lasting well into the night with all the accompanying chatter of youngsters at play.

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With the moon inching its way toward fullness over the last few nights,

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we have been treated to amazing views of white heart-shaped faces atop the box, swiveling in search of dinner.

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Next day, the ground below the box is salted with white, downy feathers.

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What fate awaits the gopher foolish enough to surface so near the box…???

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Overcrowding at the Wolery!

An update on happenings at the Wolery is long overdue!

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My last report on March 30 was one of cautious optimism: this year’s owl couple was still in residence…much has happened since!!!

Not only one owl…

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but three…and a fourth caught poking its head out in this light-enhanced photo!!!

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Now imagine four owls atop the box, a fifth head emerging…and a sixth flying by delivering dinner…the menu:  a largish rat dangling by its tail!!

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Our evenings are filled with the sights and sounds of their comings and goings; our dreams interrupted by the fledglings crash-landing on the roof of our house while perfecting their flying skills.  One morning before dawn, a crash…I turned to see a big baby gripping the muntins of the family room window after flying into the glass – not so hard to understand when I realized the Wolery can be seen clearly from that spot through the other side of the house.  As if to underscore the overcrowding in the box, apparently I interrupted a nap in the oak tree as I gardened today, then watched an owl fly off to a more distant tree.

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