Monthly Archives: October 2015

Book Review – To the Storm

To the Storm Daiyun, Yue with Wakema, Carolyn University of California Press, 1985 Subtitled “The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman” this marvel of a find at Half Price Books outlet (first paperback edition from 1987, in perfectly new condition) … Continue reading

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2015 Orchard Season in Review

The 2015 orchard season started with a fairly good spring followed by an abnormally wet early summer, then had an extended dry spell as autumn progressed. Insect and disease pressure was moderate and reasonably controlled by occasional spraying. European Apple … Continue reading

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Goodbye to the Winter Banana

Today was the end for my experience growing Winter Banana apples. The tree itself had recovered from the root washout of several years ago and was growing well despite a bit of a lean, but once again this year there … Continue reading

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Shop Projects: Murphy Bed

A friend has several friends who come for extended visits but can’t manage stairs well, and all of their bedrooms are upstairs. That means that when these friends came to visit they ended up sleeping on an air bed in … Continue reading

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Through the Camera – Remnents of Desert Rain

When rain comes to desert everything seems to be in a rush.  The dry dust on top of the ground seems to absorb the first few drops as fast as it comes, and the plants suck the water out as … Continue reading

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Real Life Review: Craftsman 937610 Router Table

My original shop was well equipped, in terms of numbers, with router tables. I had a fairly nice cast aluminum benchtop table, but the undersized plunge router that went with it had a non-standard mount and wasn’t overly suited for … Continue reading

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Apple Processing Day 2015

Apple Processing Day at Rurikia for 2015 was planned to be held on 3. October, but as the day approached the weather was more suitable on Sunday the 4th so the date was shifted – a good move as it … Continue reading

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