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sunset-smog

Not a pretty sight.
Smog pressing down into the valley from a stubbornly stuck inversion layer.
It does make a pretty sunset!

My problem is I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities{MCS}. I also have asthma and Mast Cell Activation Disorader as a result of the sensitivities.

I’m especially sensitive to VOC’s and air pollution caused by cars.
The cause of that haze in the valley~
Too many cars… everyday.
It’s time for a train!

highway 101

Highway 101

 And then there’s the continuing drought.

drought-oak

Dead oak tree(s)

It’s so dry, everything in my house is constantly covered in a thin layer of dust.
You don’t dare “fluff” a pillow unless you want to choke in a billowing cloud!

We worry about our water, conserving as best we can.
We are fortunate as we have a spring for watering the gardens…

garden flowers

There are worse things I suppose.
I just need to open my eyes;
beauty is everywhere ~

Here….

Austin "Charlotte" yellow rose

“Charlotte”

Here…

And here for now… !

color pots

 

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24 thoughts on “Drought and Flowers

  1. suzicate says:

    There’s much beauty in your neck of the woods!

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yes there is but again, it does take a bit of awareness to not focus on the disturbing bits. i’ve been feeling rather dreadful, locked in the house much of the time and blessing my little AC that was too expensive! I miss my time outdoors but this will pass, as it always does. Come fall, things should be better! Thank you for your comment!

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  2. sefeniak says:

    Love the “Oak”

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thanks so much! She’s a majestic beauty.

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  3. What a wonderful post! 🙂

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      ah, thanks much, george! i’m glad you enjoyed my offering. xx

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  4. Leya says:

    Beauty can be found everywhere…yes. Even in the “ugly” – the sunset is marvellous if you do not know why. Your grapes and flowers are so colourful and mature. Ripe, lush, dry, fresh…a kaleidoscope.

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      what a lovely comment anne-christine. thank you so much… you are very right, there’s beauty everywhere, even where we don’t expect it. 😉

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  5. Looks like it’s a bountiful harvest even though it’s been so dry. I hope it all goes well for you. Your pictures are delightful and that twisting oak really takes me back to some great hikes that I had when I lived in the Bay Area. I still miss the beauty out there!

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hi Anita,
      I’m late, I’m late… sigh… harvest is now half over and looks to be the biggest we’ve seen. Odd as we”re having such a drought. We still are able to water the vines plus at over a dozen years old, they’ve got roots deep in the earth. But as farmers, we never can count on anything. We’re looking at putting in a dam because in this county they’ve lightened the restrictions on them and we ‘should’ take advantage as usually they’re plain impossible. I hope someday you might come back for a visit as you seem to have loved it here. 😉

      Isn’t that oak amazing? that’s only one huge branch but I can’t capture it all in one go… !

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      1. I’m so glad to hear that your harvest is going so well! I’ve been back to SF several times since we left the Bay Area. Hubby travels to conferences there often and I sometimes tag along. But, I haven’t been back to wine country : ( I do remember those oaks very well… There was a hike we often took down to Stinson Beach from the Pantoll (sp?) ranger station on Mt. Tamalpais and hiked through those gorgeous trees. I’ll never forget that!

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        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          I’m surprised you’ve not come back up here, it’s not that far although, if a weekend, can be a nightmare otherwise. i avoid the whole area, including the town below, on weekends now. Used to be manageable but no more. I know that area tho haven’t been on mt. tam in many years now, nor out that way to the coast. you know how it is, we never get to some of the best places of where we live….. i want to go back to mendocino but prices our eek steep…. still…

          anyway should you be coming to sf area, we can meet for dinner perhaps… how fun. tho i rarely go into the city now, again traffic and health issues, one never knows! 😉

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          1. No plans to travel to SF anytime soon… but, maybe some day we’ll meet : ) I couldn’t climb that Mt. Tam trail anymore… this was a long time ago when I had some energy for stuff like that, and even then, it was an arduous all day hike.

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  6. Mary says:

    Love your post, it’s an exciting time. Here’s to a bountiful harvest, the grapes look fantastic – nice and plump! Nasty smog, beautiful sunsets – amazing the juxtaposition of that, right? Gorgeous flowers as always, we are hoping for rain as our drought hasn’t matched yours, but close – scary dry. Best wishes in this precious time of harvesting my friend.

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hi Mary,
      As I said above #1-I’m LATE! posting responses here and #2 We are now into the end of the first day of the first picking and we’ve had a good big one…. always a sigh of relief since our bills seem to rise every year. Still wouldn’t do anything else, at least for the rest of this decade. Who knows after that? Maybe an airstream, sell the place and live on the road as nomads!? What do you think?

      There seem to be more days than not that this idea is very appealing…. that sort of worries me. 😀

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      1. Mary says:

        A lot of work and worry, yes – but in the end much joy and satisfaction. Most of all the beauty that surrounds you, incredible. It’s a hard place to be in, than goodness you have 6 more years until the end of the decade – all will be good.

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        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          As farmers, we always talk about selling out. Probably there isn’t a small family farmer that doesn’t. It’s not the best or most secure way to make a living. We are very fortunate as both our grown sons, tho in completely different fields, are interested in keeping the enterprise moving forward. That is quite uplifting to my husband, as he gets quite upset that he tires more easily now. And shingles and harvest DO NOT go together. He pulled this one out of his hat! 😉

          I am blessed and am glad you enjoy my small offerings here. It is my hope that i can share this life with those who can see it as i do. Others may not be interested and that’s ok. As long as those like yourself, benefit. xxxxx

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          1. Mary says:

            Farming is such hard work, always at the mercy of Mother Nature weather and little pets ~ I admire the perseverance it takes and the love of land. You guys are remarkable caretakers of the land. I grew up surrounded by cherry and apple orchards, picked cherries every summer for the local farmers – so experiencing your farm through your blog brings back many memories. Hope your husband is starting to heal from shingles – he had to really suffer trying to work the farm. Bless your sons for their future care-taking of the farm. Have a beautiful week.

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            1. ĽAdelaide says:

              Thank you, my dear Mary!

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  7. doronart says:

    Linda busy time ahead hope you can take part and all the distubances around will keep out of your beautiful way. It is ashamed you have to be a prisoner of the wenvironment but as you said the wheel rolling round and soon it will be cooler and safer for you to enjoy the fresh air if there is any. Hope you are going to have a great harvest and healthy time XoX

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hello Doron,
      While I don’t participate physically in harvest as I’m not able to, I’m always grateful to see the growing season come to an end. My husband gets so stressed and this year, it caused shingles. That’s in a man who rarely gets sick. Kind of worries me so I’m harping on him to take it easy….. haha ;D

      Yes, soon we will see fall. By November this is a memory… Yes, November! 🙂
      xox

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  8. Clanmother says:

    Harvest time – to me, it is about continuing, of resilience and of home. Your photos are truly exquisite.

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    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      i certainly agree on the resilience part. 😉 as i said above to Mary, we always talk about selling and when and where and and and….

      thank you for enjoying my limited photographic skills. i need to learn to use a better camera but doubt that’s in my near future!! xox

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      1. Clanmother says:

        You have a marvelous way of capturing a story in a photo!!! 🙂

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