2018 Springtime Progress

We are busily working on a number of projects:

  • Planting summer garden
  • Re-establishing raspberries
  • Re-roofing our guest house
  • Integrating a wood-fired Central Boiler into our existing, propane boiler hydronic heating system
  • Fixing and installing new irrigation systems
  • Cutting and hauling firewood
  • Making fences
  • Dealing with a flea outbreak in cats and dogs
  • Trimming back pastures, weeds and underbrush (fire risk mitigation)

We definitely need more ruminants to eat all the grass and brush around here!

Weather has been beautiful, so far.

Just a month away from Summer Solstice already!

Roses are blooming — most other spring blooms have faded — the stray iris or two struggles along, but dahlias, glads, and other summer flowers are only just peaking out of the ground.

Firewood — it’s a start!

Now that the rain has stopped, in addition to planting, watering, weed trimming, we get to do FIREWOOD!  Have to do it now before the forest gets drier because fire risk goes way up, just from chainsaws.

Pictured below is two morning’s work from a tree downed over winter.  The wood still on the trailer has already been picked up and moved two times — because it was across a fence we couldn’t get to.  Sisyphus comes to mind.  🙂

Anyway, I said to David, “No wonder people had huge families – they had to cut all their firewood by hand, without petrol-powered chain saws!”  The energy in modern fuel is amazing.  The alternative is wandering the woods for sticks for days and days and days, or being cold, or both.

How Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Look Over Time

When I grew up, we played “Old Maid” with a deck of cards that had sketches of an old woman, a whip, and a lion on one side of the cards.  When the cards were in order, we could watch the lady whip the lion by flipping through the cards quickly — it was a show that became animated and relevant because each card had an incremental change that we could sense only by speeding up the viewing time.

That sped-up, change-over-time way of looking at things is easy for very young children to grasp.

I’m not going to animate the carbon dioxide concentrations over time from 100,000 years ago to current — because it would be a really boring show — until it absolutely blows up at the end.

Here’s the last card in the deck of 100,000.  BOOM!

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More here at scripps.ucsd.edu

P.S.  Since the graph created above is now obsolete — recently went above 410 ppm.

 

What have humans got to do with it?  We started it.

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The two, population and fossil fuel consumption graphs above were sourced from here.