12 June 2014

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Betty Cat had a good week.
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THE GOOD OLD DAYS
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This has been on my mind for ages – how I never see laundry hanging in the US anymore – even in Austin Texas in the middle of summer in poor neighborhoods!  All this free solar energy going to waste.   Anyway, I ran around the neighborhood and grabbed a few shots.   Maybe somebody else besides me finds the sight of a full clohesline cheerful.
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I especially liked the last one – clothes line by the satellite dish.  You don’t have to be last millennium to still hang your clothes out.
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FLUFFY FRESHNESS
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This is what 12 hours of air drying can do.   The duckling in the middle is a new hatchling, and he is flanked by siblings who are about 12 hours old..
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ODD STUFF HANGING
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My neighbor needed a pumpkin, and Austin said “sure, there is one hanging in the tree.”   Hanging in the tree?  A pumpkin?    Sure enough, a pumpkin vine had crawled up a tree by the chicken pen.  Look at the funny heart shape of this pumpkin that never sat on the ground..
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ODD STUFF SWIMMING
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Yes, this is a bucket of toads.   By the rain tank.   This might be x-rated stuff in cane toad world.
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DON;T TRY THIS AT HOME
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Austin got excited about these millipedes he found in an old log.   The little round wood pellets are their millipede poopoo.
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He thought the photo wasn’t good enough, so he put the millipede in his hands to photograph.
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And about 10 minutes later, he realized he’d gotten chemical burns from the millipede secretions.   (Luckily, they did not get worse than this)
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MAHOGANY
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This is a pod of mahogany seeds.  They look a lot like maple seeds!
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I haven’t noticed mahogany on our property, but on Valley Road there is a magnificent tunnel of mahogany trees near the agriculture station.  These beautiful trees were at the end of the pavement, and stood as gateway to the valley.   One family member was so enamored with them on her first visit that we had to stop the car so she could hug one.   When the pavement was being extended on Valley Road, two of the trees were being cut down.  Austin went and yelled at the crew, saying no one had the right to take these down.  The crew said it was only those two, and it ordered by the power company.  Maybe that was true – but we never saw a change with the power lines.
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COLDISH RIVER
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This is the River Safari landing, a couple of kilometers down stream from where we stay.  I don’t remember why Austin wanted to bring out guests here since it is a short walk to the river from our house.  Anyhow, I wasn’t getting in, because I didn’t feel like being cold and wet.  Then I thought of Double Rafters.   One recent guest – Taylor – is a working cowboy son of the Double Rafters Ranch.  To keep their genuine cattle business going, they take tourists on real week-long cattle drives and have done so for years.   Their cattle drive is now on my “bucket list” and I really, really, REALLY want to go.   I told myself, “Kim, if you can’t get in this river, you can’t go on the cattle drive.”  and I dove right in.  Wasn’t bad at all.     This is the place:   http://www.doublerafter.com/home.asp
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Here’s something I’d have never guessed about cattle ranching …. a lot of cattle get “lost” – not temporarily misplaced, but permanently gone.  Taylor said in his father’s whole lifetime of cattle ranching, there was only one year that every head of cattle was accounted for.  I was raised on the Bible story of  the shepherd leaving 99 sheep while he went to find the one.  I don’t know if sheep are easier than cows, but I doubt it.   Much to think on.   How can you even lose 30-50 cows?  I asked Taylor.  He explained that the cows don’t always stay together.  Each pasture is 1500 acres or so of mountain terrain with meadows, and there are predators.  There is never a year with 100% survival, even that fully accounted year.  Ah, nature…..
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Thanks everybody who sent condolences about Tarsi.  The move went well.  Austin said it was nighttime and too dark to get a good photo of her with Michael – but he said they were very happy to see each other.
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4 thoughts on “12 June 2014

  1. LOL – I love the toad porn!

    Am totally with you on the clothes drying issue. I always hang mine out. I don’t even have a dryer, and we certainly don’t need one here in Central Spain, the sun does the job just fine 🙂

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