December rain and more

Winter winds broke the living room window that faces Marys Peak
Bill and Diana attend a two day conference on restoring the Willamette
A mysterious beast (Bianca?) chomped our peach tree in half
New ladder for roof climbing fun
Big John the tractor repair man unloads the tractor engine that doesn’t fit

New plantings in the clear cut area near Watershed Road

Bianca and Diana stacking and tarping cut wood in the wet forest

Electrical work progresses

The farm is completely off the temp meter and onto the little garage meter. Next week the electricians will start adding plugins in the farm house, both upstairs and down. Plugs for the washer and dryer are in. Bianca spent the day under the house with the electricians!

Mother gives a thumbs up!

Window openings protected

Sid was able to protect the lower windows by himself. He needed his crew to help with the second story windows.
Bianca was helpful with measuring and cutting
Kay held the covering from the inside of the big garage

Sid refuses to come down off of the annex roof

Fruit tree irrigation efforts succeed!

The trench completed, workers place 1″ pvc pipe in it and begin to cover it. Two faucets installed will provide hose attachments so that the fruit trees can be watered more easily.

Oh oh! big rocks in part of the trench do not allow for placing the pvc pipe deep enough to avoid freezing. After much digging, some rocks came out manually. One big sucker required the Ranger and its winch.

Hooray! Water is flowing!

Interesting mushrooms on the Loop Trail

Shaggy manes and common inky caps belong to a group of mushrooms that have an unusual method of distributing their spores. Members of the group digest their own cap. The gills are located on the undersurface of the cap and bear the reproductive spores. As autodigestion takes place, the cap and gills change into a black, gooey liquid. The spores aren’t digested, however. They are released in the liquid and exposed to air currents, enabling them to be carried to new areas.

All of the mushrooms that produce a black liquid as they mature are referred to as inky caps. Some species are collected for food, although people are careful to eat the mushrooms before they turn to goo. A few species contain a chemical called coprine, which greatly increases the unpleasant effects of alcohol ingestion. Coprine produces similar effects to disulfiram (trade name Antabuse), a medication given to alcoholics to increase their sensitivity to alcohol and encourage abstinence.

Cement pile, peacock larkspur and survey results

Bianca stands guard over the pile of heavy concrete that was buried under the blackberry bush we cleared in anticipation of our boundary fence.
In October, volunteers planted 1500 Peacock Larkspur bulbs in the Corvallis Watershed. All were planted across the watershed road from Shiver River property.

Shiver River’s boundary with the City doesn’t follow the watershed road all of the way to the water treatment plant. It parallels the road in some places, but is in the middle of some dense underbrush and trees.