19 May 2011, 8:43pm
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my unruly hair is finally long enough to pull back into a ponytail—or a bunnytail anyway. after a scattered day with my mind apparently still hangin’ out on i-5 somewhere while my body went about my duties here, i’m here again and i’ve got rose blossoms tucked behind my ears. today i made whole goat’s milk ricotta (my first solo foray into cheesemaking), rooted a bunch of cuttings (fingers crossed), and made veggie tamales with christine. here’s some photos and stories from before and since my brief jaunt to portland and back.

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last week this poor gopher snake got caught in the netting we have over our strawberry beds to keep the birds out. we’d just been weeding that bed in the morning, and we found the snake when we came back after lunch—but he was already dead and stiffening by the time we got him cut free.

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yesterday we discovered a bunch of poison oak amidst the weeds around an asparagus bed that we reclaimed from the hemlock and horsetails a couple of months ago. so we brought lupe and bodhi (update! this is how her name is spelled! i should have guessed) up from the barn and tied them nearby, hopeful that they’d mow it down for us. solo and uma came with them, of course. the goat-powered weeding didn’t go so well ’cause the mama goats were distracted by the kids, but boy did the kids have a good time! they dashed around the fire circle on the long planks we use as benches and jumped on and off of a little platform nearby with great delight.

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