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solar panels in reverie retreat

Power – or lack thereof

Like millions of other people in Northern California, we have experienced several power outages in the past few weeks. But unlike most of the customers, we have not had power for a total of 10 days in October – that is 1/3 of the month! We do have a portable back-up generator, which we installed …

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a mother duck sitting on the nest with her new baby ducks

Easter drama

Every spring we have watched a pair of Canada geese occupy their nest on top of our potting shed, protecting the eggs they’ve laid there and eyeing us suspiciously for weeks as we walk to and fro nearby.  Yet every year they have departed without succeeding in their quest for a family.  Something always seems …

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Nature’s force

Now I understand that many of you have seen enough about the solar eclipse that just graced the USA. Or you feel it isn’t that interesting and/or you have seen way better images than I can possibly have taken. Of you I ask to give me a chance to not only show you some amazing …

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A bouquet of wild flowers

The other day we went on a hike a little higher in elevation from Reverie retreat on the Lyons creek. We were expecting it to be nice but also that the forest would be pretty dry when further from the creek. But were we surprised when we entered a bouquet of wild flowers all around …

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Atmospheric River

      Last week we were told that there was an atmospheric river forming that would hit the west coast on the weekend. On Saturday I saw people on social media making fun of the fact that there was no real rain and jokingly implying that we all might have been warned for just …

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Autumn Equinox at Reverie- A Visit with Oak

      The first time I visited Reverie and walked the property with Tamara and Ramon, I noticed her- a tall sentinel rooted near the lower boundary of the land.  I knew at once that this Oak was a very special tree, an elder among the native and planted trees that call Reverie home. …

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Beetle dust

    The big news around Reverie is that our trees our dying at an alarming rate.  The Western Pine beetle that has already killed more than 66 million trees in California has finally invaded us too.  I thought we would be spared, at least somewhat, since up until about six weeks ago we only …

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Tweety

      With everything that is going on in the world at this moment it seems hard to find some peace and joy and see that we still live on a planet filled with magical beauty. So, after closing my Facebook and the NewYork times on my computer I decided that I needed to …

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Storm

    The past few days we have had some wild storms come through and the first night the wind was so strong that we were worried that one or many of our big trees would fall victim to it. Saturday evening the power in our area went out and as far as I could …

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A loud boom

I had intended to write more about the renovation of the guest house but last Sunday we had another interesting experience. We were having a leisurely day and were just having breakfast as we heard a loud boom. This boom felt like it was right above us and so I ran outside to see if …

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