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Okay, okay, she’s not OUR dog … she’s Rin’s new friend! Here’s the word from our Powell River correspondent:

hi family, meet my new little buddy! Kaya, this is everybody; everybody, this is Kaya! She is five and a half, and has lived her whole life in a teeny yard in Powell River with a family that almost never walked her off the leash; lucky for her, and for me, they can’t keep her any more, and now she lives here and gets to be a farm dog. so far her favourite things are playing in the pond and sleeping by the fire and inspecting everyone and everything within nose reach.

She is super smart and good tempered, so even though she hasn’t really had much training she listens well and has already learned how to stay out of the garden beds and come when she’s called. I think she chased off her first bear the other night, although I can’t be sure what she was barking at, could have just been raccoons, too. they’re all just chicken-stealers as far as I’m concerned :)

And what else has our Rin been doing? Oh, just a little thing called farming.

it gets more and more like a proper farm around here all the time. next up: chickens! and ducks! things are growing slowly with the cool spring, but it always comes eventually—it was 3 degrees here the night before last, brrrrr (that’s about 42, for those of you in
Americaland), and everyone says we’re about a month behind where we usually are. But the greenhouse is hopping, and in the next couple of weeks there will be corn, beans, squash, and buckwheat to plant. so here’s hoping for a long, hot summer and bumper crops all around.

happy summer to everyone everywhere.
love love love love love!



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Even grownups like to draw on the walls!


Slide show: An Ode to Farming: Images of agriculture around the world.


The poor maligned dandelion; people are so cruel to you! Here’s a great video from Dover, Ohio’s annual Dandelion Festival, which includes all sorts of delectable dandelion treats (wines, salads, fritters, cheesecake, ice cream!) plus pictures of adorable animals (via The Unusually Unusual Farmchick).


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I have a feeling that Jesus and Garden Buddha would be great friends.


If you get time today, please read through the Special Report: The Right to Food Is A Basic Human Right. Food is a right. Complaining about the aesthetic of your neighbour’s yard? Not so much.

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Sorry to overwhelm everyone with photos today but I wanted to post some happy ones in the hope they’d cheer me up. I spent hours crying last night and have remained in a foul mood all day, but these pics are full of joy and light. Hope you enjoy and have a beautiful weekend; maybe we’ll see you out on Sunday!

Pretty, pretty yarden.

Things are growing!

This is our wheelbarrow.

Its wheel is the worst.

Oh, hey there onions.

The refurbished fairy altar.

Yes, that cactus's name is Quagmire.

Seriously, please do.

Sara rocks it out.

My double chin and I are way too cool for school.

And now it's Max's turn to play us a tune.

Max and the illusive Sam chill on the steps.

Ander works way harder than I do.

Our yarden has hidden flowers everywhere.

We don't always play guitar. Sometimes we drink beer, too.

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Boulevard on Wednesday night.

Boulevard this morning.




And here’s a video of the chaos, complete with snarky commentary from yours truly.

R.I.P. Boulevard. We hardly knew ye.


Although we requested it be put in the side yard, all the dirt from the boulevard was dumped in our front yard.


We can't even access our front steps now. Sorry mailman.


Only solace? Our lack of dirt problem is solved.


But my poor daffodils are ruined.



In explanation of the location of the dirt, I directed the laborer to place it there when our landlord said he didn’t want to pay for it to be lugged into the side yard (does make financial sense). There isn’t really any other spot in our front yard to dump that much soil, because the whole thing is garden beds.

It’s just too bad that we didn’t get to do the excavation ourselves, because we could’ve removed the dirt on a day when we were prepared to sort it and place it directly where it needs to go in the rest of the garden. We also could’ve transplanted all those borage and poppy sprouts on a day when we were prepared to carefully move them directly into their new homes in other beds. Instead, we dug them out in a rush and right now they are wilting in the green house because Sara and I are working the next few days and can’t replant them right away. Le Sigh.

I looked out the window this morning and someone has laid down sod on all that dirt. Ouch. Pricey. It does look nice though. I am able to appreciate a dark green tidy lawn. In my opinion our six rows of over four varieties of edible flowers would have been more than just nice, but a stunningly gorgeous display in less than a month. Admittedly, that is purely my tastes and opinions. I wish we’d had the chance to prove it to be true to our neighbors, the city, and our landlord.

RIP boulevard garden. I will always remember that summer you gave us so much zucchini we couldn’t give it all away. I hope the remaining worms find their way across the sidewalk to find friendlier soil and deeper root systems. May the grass grow healthy and strong and be free from attack from chafer beetle seeking crows.

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This is the yard after this weekend. Still a work in progress but the foundation has been laid.

Anyone down for another work party this weekend?

UPDATE FROM MAX: Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang dropped by because his office has been getting a huge volume of calls about the yarden. He seems very sympathetic and in support. He gave me some business cards to pass on if you guys want to talk to him.

It’s working, it’s working!

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Sometimes you're just a meat popsicle.

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