Sunday, September 21, 2014

Harvest Bounty

Since the wedding, we have been in harvest and preserve mode.  This has been a fantastic year for tomatoes, abundance and variety.  Peppers have also come on good.

And yes, I did let a few things go a bit to far, but what a beautiful artichoke flower!

And do not forget the luscious eggplant...mmm good.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Some fantastic pics of the wedding are on Cindy Dulong's web page:

Monday, August 25, 2014


As people get home and settle back into their routine. the pictures from the weekend are slowly trickling in.  I am not sure which to post, there are many fun ones.
The Bradfords in disguise.

Emma, Matt and Josh rockin the dish pit.

Who are these people?  They must have crashed the party.

Henry, leading the procession, making sure all is in order and safe.

Guest visitor Angus, from AC/DC....or is that silly Hayden?

Glad my dad was able to take a break between casts to escort me down the aisle.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mr & Mrs Buxton

Neither of us thought we would ever marry, but glad we did.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Present for Ms Kate

My mind comes up with ideas and the only way to get them out is to do them.  I thought of this one day while waiting for my truck at the shop.  Kate at Edwards Greenhouse deserves nice things and unknown to her, she also needed a desk like work space.  So with a few new 2x3 stud boards, my neighbors old fence , and some assistance from Todd, I built this work bench for Kate.

She loved it and many people at the greenhouse were very surprised I made it.  Some even asked what I sell them for.  Unfortunately, I rarely can make the same thing twice.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Olympic Hikes

Our cat is such the adventurer:

Henry is a great companion:

The lush wetness enables great treasures to thrive:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Windy day

Today we have been having constant winds up to 40 miles per hour!  Our pine tree did not fare well in the winds. We did not hear it fall. Todd and I had it cut and cleaned up within an hour.  The root structure was weak and shallow.  It was only time before the tree was to come down.  Now the melon patch will have full sun all day long!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Flight to Juneau

We had a fantastic flight out of Haines in a small single prop plane.  Our pilot took advantage of good weather and it being one of his last days flying for the summer to take us down a mountain valley route instead of along the Lynn Canal.

Bye Bye Haines, here is the peninsula as we fly over Chilkat State Park.

Two glacial fingers off the gigantic Mendenhall Ice sheet that covers most the area.

Glaciers hanging above a blue-green lake perched on the mountain side.

And finally the fantastic wetland valley floors that may have never had a human step foot in them:

Alaska Shrooms

And here are a few that are simple. 
This is Don's book that is one of the most awesome shroom guides:

Alaska toxic shrooms

Amanita pantherina?  Not sure, but these fantastic looking shrooms most likely are from the Amanita family and you do not want to touch or eat them, or there will be an uncomfortable death.

And the colorful Amanita we saw in Yukon.

Alaska Shrooms

Here are some more fantastic pictures of identified fungus.  They are so beautiful.

Dark Boletus; unknown.

Trumpet Chantrelle; edible.

Gem Studded puffball; choice edibile.

AK Fungus, edible?

Below are pictures of some of the fungus observed in the Haines area of Alaska during our trip last September.  According to some identification books and Don, our AK shroom guide, these mushrooms are edible.  But, unless you are very sure of correct identification, do not eat these, they may be poisonous.  Not pictured are the chantrelles, they are on another post.

Velvet Foot; edible

White Jelly Mushroom; edible.

King Bolete: edible.

Flat topped Corral; edible.

Cauliflower Mushroom; edible.

Shaggy Mane; edible.