Bulldozer Magic

As long as Shane the logger’s bulldozer was doing forest salvage, it also smoothed out the crest of the entry hill to the farm. No more tipping tractor mowing (on that spot anyway).

While at it, the bulldozer also reopened the road that circles the base of the hill the farmhouse sits on. That will allow traffic to stay out of the soggiest part of the winter field.

Uncle Sid shows niece Jessica and grandnephew Julius the honeybee’s house (to which they recently returned).

Julius enjoys honey from the comb.

Of course, no tour of the woods is more fun than a ride in the Ranger.

Jessica has not lost her knack for driving.

Wading in Rock Creek


Salvage operation begins

Safety first! Walking up the Loop trail counter-clockwise.

Tory and Nina posed on what would soon be a much larger pile of logs cut from the trees that fell thanks to the winter storms.

Not a slash pile … it is animal habitat!

One of the loggers watching the cat drag a log to the pile.

No … Nina was NOT allowed to drive the cat.

Trained professional at the helm.

Sid and Nina carefully observed the action.

By the time Bill and Dee arrived, work had ended and will resume Monday.

Fallen log by fallen log, the Loop trail is becoming open for navigation. A must during fire season!

The day’s work.


Mower takes a well-deserved break

After two 10 hour days of field mowing, the tractor accidentally sipped diesel laced with rainwater and refused to mow anymore.

Lucky for us, Sid and neighbor Ed drained her tummy and put in fresh diesel.

Bianca made sure all repairs were done correctly.

After repairs and Sid’s oil and other filter replacements, Ms. Tym is purring like a kitten again.

A nice patch of mule ears!

Hawthorne (found on Chip Ross trail) is an invasive as well as a native species. It is generally unwelcome and we do have some on the farm.

Elegant cluster-lily (brodiaea elegans)



Mike takes a quick phone break during his second day of mowing the fields on the farmhouse side of the creek.

Bill and Dee went on a Linn County Small Woodlands tour of a 200 acre property near Lebanon. It consisted of lots of beautiful oak trees and wet prairie.


Eclectic news

Rick S. power washed the farmhouse and it looks like new.

Sid and Bill work out (hah!) on a machine someone gave away!

Sid used our super weed cutter to reduce some pesky and invasive blackberry bushes to stubble.

Bill and Bianca at the swimmin’ hole.

There were Monkeyflowers creekside. So pretty!

We walked the perimeter of the field/meadow across the creek and spotted lots of native flowers: Oregon sunshine; Peacock larkspur; Larkspur; Cluster lilies; and lots and lots of Kincaid’s lupine.


Clearing the Creek trail and finding left over Scotch broom

As always, Sid is busy working while Bill and Diana take off on a walk with clippers in hand. The Ranger is in the shop (again) trying to get its transmission issue fixed.

This bare spot off the lower field loves to grow Scotch broom. As many times as it has been cleared, Bill found some blooming bushes and I found some new ones that had yet to get old enough to bloom. Constant diligence required!

This field is due to be mowed. Thanks to Woodcutter Mike. He’ll mow the far field in September.

This tender little volunteer seedling has the cutest little tips. I have seen lots of seedlings, but I don’t think I’ve ever observed the little tips that you see on this one.

As we walked around the perimeter of the lower field, we saw lots of cow parsnip. This pretty bloom was into the woods more than the others and the sun caught it just right.

My children tell me that big leaf maple samaras are edible. These look too immature for munching.

Camas is in bloom.

From the internet: Western honeysuckle vines (Lonicera ciliosa) are evergreen flowering vines that are also known as orange honeysuckle and trumpet honeysuckle. These honeysuckle vines climb up some 33 feet (10 m.) and decorate the garden with sweet smelling, orange blossoms. What is Western Honeysuckle? This North American native vine produces lovely, fragrant flowers. Bees and hummingbirds love western honeysuckle vines for the fragrant, trumpet-shaped blossoms that are rich in nectar. Kids also love to suck the sweet nectar from the base of a honeysuckle flower.

What a treasure to find in our woods!

Keeping the forest roads/trails clear is an ongoing process.

See how the fallen tree is bending the living tree? Yeow!

Upstream Griffith creek view.

Downstream Griffith creek view.

The pond formed by large wood as Griffith creek enters our property from the watershed is facinating in its complexity.

Pretty wild iris.


Loop trail and salvage plans

Bill looks out over our neighbor’s clear cut. Already replanted!

Some of our blowdown fell onto our neighbor’s property. Farm forester Shane will head up the salvage of the fallen trees beginning in June. Logger Shane will also enhance two small openings within which to plant some Doug-fir.

Our neighbor has already burned its slash piles to make room for the new plantings.

Lots of obstructions to navigation.

The annex looks great.

Bill is done hiking for the day. Sid’s chores are ongoing … short break notwithstanding.


April and forest road reroute planning

The entry to the farm is graced by flowers planted by our own Tory … with help from Uncle Sid?

A type of buttercup (ranuncula). Not found at the farm, but it could be there somewhere!

Looking for scotch broom … finding blackberry vines.

This road runs parallel to the replanting. It used to be navigable. Power saw time!

We walked through the plantings, making sure the little trees are doing well. They are!

OK. So we missed the connector from the plantings to the Creek trail. A little bushwhacking never hurt anyone.

Remember this big tree and its rootball that tore a hole in the Creek trail?

Some mystery person (me) fell into the hole while attempting to stand in it to show how deep it is. Fell flat on my back. No harm done, but it took Bill about 15 minutes to get me out! The Creek trail is going to be rerouted as a result of the damage. Our farm forester Shaun was out with Sid, Sandra and I planning the new route.

It really is deep! This is half way through the process of extricating me.

Sandra and the Ranger. What a handsome couple!


March walk on the rare dry day

Rock Creek is fairly high.
The big rocks have secured the banks and thus the bridge.
The Rock Creek trail starts out quite wet.
The large wood placement has helped create a rock island the creek surrounds. Good for fish, I think.
Dead Scotch broom. Thanks, Gio!
Riparian plantings of Western red cedar doing very well.
A beautiful dam caused by a fallen log. Nice animal crossing on the log above.
Bianca loved the dammed up area.